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Event Commemorates Old School Building, Celebrates New One Opening This Fall

Brian Bull

Tonight, the 4J School District is saying goodbye to a 60-year-old school building…and celebrating a new one.

The building was home to Jefferson Middle School from 1957 to 2007.  And then the Arts and Technology Academy for the last decade.  It’ll be torn down later this year.

Kerry Delf, spokeswoman for the Eugene 4J School District, says a new arts and technology building will open this fall.

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Machinery and marked off areas frame the new Arts & Technology Academy opening next door to former Jefferson Middle School.

“There’s a lot of sustainability features built into the new buildings, which as compared to these old buildings that were built during the Baby Boom, really had a different focus, a different kind of a design, for school instruction. And certainly were not sustainable or energy efficient.”

The new building is part of a voter-approved, $170 million bond measure that passed in 2013.  Tonight’s event starts at 5:30.

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Brian Bull joined the KLCC News Team in June 2016. In his 25+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (19 regional), the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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