Vernonia stakes future on new school

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Articles - October 2011
Thursday, September 22, 2011

Timeline

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Mill workers with a harvested tree in the late 1920s
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2007 floodwaters inundated the basement of Washington Grade School.
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Third-grade drawings of the 2007 flood were funny and heartbreaking.
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Vernonia school superintendent Ken Cox at the wall raising.
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The new $39.3 million K-12 school is being built to achieve a LEED platinum rating for energy efficiency.

1891: Vernonia is incorporated

1922: Railroad arrives

1923: Oregon-American electric-
powered lumber mill completed

1930: Washington Grade School opens

1953: Vernonia High School opens

1957: O-A mill closes

1996: 500-year flood hits Vernonia on Feb. 8

2005: Vernonia Middle School opens

2007: second 500-year flood hits on Dec. 3

2008:

APRIL: Vernonia schools designated an
Oregon Solutions project

SEPTEMBER: high school demolished; middle/high school students move to modular classrooms

2009:

FEBRUARY: site chosen for new school

APRIL: land-use process begins on new school site; finishes in just eight months

NOVEMBER: school bond passes with more than 61% of the vote, with a 68% turnout

2010:

JANUARY/FEBRUARY: Vernonia Rural Sustainability committee launched

FEBRUARY: NW Natural makes $100,000 donation

APRIL: Oregon Dept. of Energy awards $1.1 million for green energy projects

JUNE: private campaign committee launched

AUGUST: Vernonia holds its “biggest school reunion”

DECEMBER: new school breaks ground; ODOT awards $3.8 million for transportation/access projects

2011:

JANUARY: $11.2 million FEMA award announced

JUNE: first wall is raised on new school

FALL: community fundraising begins

2012: new K-12 school is set  to open in September

Sources: City of Vernonia, Oregon Solutions, Vernonia Pioneer Museum Association's Vernonia

 



 

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