Lakeridge Middle School Rebuild
Lakeridge Junior High School Replacement – Project Update April 2019
Bond Team for this project includes:
Tony Vandenberg, Executive Director of Project Management
Paul Eskeldson, Senior Project Manager
Kate Miller, Project Coordinator
Mahlum Architects – Design Team
Skanska – Construction Company
- The Bryant parking lot was permanently closed at the start of winter break to facilitate construction of the new Lakeridge Middle School building. This has resulted in increased congestion in the main parking lot. Parents are strongly encouraged to adopt environmentally friendly approaches for dropping off and picking up students: school bus, carpooling, riding bikes, or walking
- The Department of State Lands has finalized their review of the project and has issued the permit for construction
- A groundbreaking ceremony was held on April 11, 2019, signaling the start of construction
- The Bryant building has been demolished and removal of slabs are in progress
LO Fire Department Photo Gallery used Bryant building for training exercises
Plants from Bryant relocated to Westridge Elementary School
Bringing students into the conversation of how capital improvements happen in their schools
Lois D. Cohen Associates Create School-based Community Outreach Program
Students are the primary beneficiaries of capital improvements to their schools, but they are often left out of discussions about how those improvements happen. As part of Lake Oswego School District’s on-going commitment to community engagement in the school bond process, the district team partnered with public involvement firm Lois D. Cohen Associates (LCA) to create a school-based community outreach program to increase Lake Oswego students’ understanding of, and participation in, the exciting improvements happening in their schools as part of the 2017 Lake Oswego School Bond Project.
What we did:
This program was kicked off in the fall of 2018 when LCA met with twelve 8thgrade Lakeridge Jr. High School students to discuss the school bond projects and what leaders in their school community hoped to achieve as a result of these projects. Students then presented what they had learned to a community open house in September. Now these junior high schoolers are ready to present what they’ve learned about the school bond measure to elementary schools across the district.
In addition to the 8thgrade focus groups, LCA visited Lakeridge Jr. High teacher Catherine Melton’s classroom to facilitate a civics lesson and role-play activity. During this visit, students performed a mock city council meeting and presented arguments that address the complexity of balancing different schools’ needs, community perspectives, and importantly, available resources.
As they continue to learn about school bond projects that will affect their classrooms and their schools, the hope is that these students will become school and project ambassadors, connecting with both current and future Lake Oswego students. By being involved, students have an opportunity to understand the political process through which voters approve capital improvement projects, as well as gain a better understanding of the projects themselves, perhaps ultimately helping to create a sense of ownership for the projects that directly affect their schools.