Eugene 4J’s River Road/El Camino del Rio Elementary School is being replaced. On Thursday, community members may view potential designs for the school. The District intends to build on the same property while the current school is kept open, says 4J spokeswoman Kerry Delf:
Delf: "The River Road Elementary School is on a piece of property that has space to the west and space to the east. So one of the decisions that has yet to be made is the precise location of where the new building will be”
Delf says the facility will feature a media center, outdoor learning space and greater energy efficiency. The current building, she says, is a hallway with a long string of classrooms:
Delf: “Teachers used to walk into the door of their classes, shut the door behind them, and stand in front of the class and teach. That’s not the way education works any more. Teachers work with students in small groups, combine them in different ways, collaborate with other teachers, and the design of the new building will reflect that.”
The River Road open house to view potential designs for the new building will be held Thursday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the school on Hilliard Lane.