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Rogue Primary school construction could be delayed

A construction industry hit hard by supply chain and labor shortages throughout the pandemic has put in doubt the previously hoped for opening of Rogue Primary for the next school year.
Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneFuture home of Rogue Elementary School in Central Point.
The K-2 institution might not open in time for fall of 2022

As Central Point School District 6 stares down the barrel of an “extremely tight” timeline to finish a new “play-based” K-2 school in time for the start of the next school year, the superintendent is warning students might have to be sent elsewhere if the project gets delayed.

Walt Davenport posted a message to Rogue Primary families on the district’s website this week, noting a construction industry “hit hard” by supply chain and labor shortages throughout the pandemic. Those dynamics, he wrote, have impacted projects in the valley such as the primary school, to be located at 615 S. Second St.

Davenport said school officials are working with contractors to “manage the impacts of these supply chain delays and material shortages,” and District 6 will “continue to remain vigilant in our efforts to maintain the schedule.”

However, “the most recent challenges will likely affect our ability to start the school year on the Rogue Primary campus” by the start of the 2022-23 school year, Davenport said.

It is possible the building will be ready, but the current timeline and “volatility of factors ... make it difficult to guarantee,” he told the Mail Tribune.

“So, it is our responsibility to develop a back-up plan to serve students,” Davenport wrote.

That backup plan would mean initially limiting Rogue Primary’s enrollment and putting those students in Central Point Elementary.

“We recognize this is not the preferred situation and every effort will be made to minimize the inconvenience,” Davenport wrote in his message to the community.

He said the enrollment limit will be determined by space available at Central Point Elementary.

“Currently, lower enrollment at CPE and the previous addition of classrooms on that campus provide limited space to accommodate Rogue Primary students in the interim,” Davenport wrote to the newspaper. “Our entire team is working hard to open a campus (as soon as possible) that is safe and at the highest standards for our families.”

Reach reporter Kevin Opsahl at 541-776-4476 or kopsahl@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @KevJourno.