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  • Elementary Solutions

    Renovation projects at several Medford schools forced architects to do their homework
  • When renovations at Oak Grove Elementary School in Medford conclude in late 2009, Principal Julie Evans will be able to walk from her office to all of the classrooms in the building within about the same time.
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      For coverage of ongoing school construction projects, visit www.mailtribune.com/medforddrawings. For more information on Medford bond projects, visit www.medfordschooldistrict.org
  • When renovations at Oak Grove Elementary School in Medford conclude in late 2009, Principal Julie Evans will be able to walk from her office to all of the classrooms in the building within about the same time.
    Finalized plans call for centralizing the fragmented campus, built piecemeal since 1891 on West Main Street at Oak Grove Road.
    "Our building was built in so many phases, there are a lot of open spaces you have to wind around," Evans said. "The new design centralizes the campus around the office. It's going to be really helpful."
    Meanwhile, the designs for replacement schools at Medford's Jackson and Roosevelt elementary schools are nearing completion. Gymnasiums, which Medford School District officials first thought might not fit in the construction budget, will be included at both schools.
    "Teachers and parents were involved in the redesign last May," said Jackson Principal Tom Ettel. "I was very impressed; the architects actually matched what our desires were."
    The three projects are part of the $189 million school bond issue voters approved in November 2006.
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