Klamath Falls, Ore. -- A new school will soon get under construction in Klamath Falls, and foundation preparations are already underway.
Project Manager Justin Azevedo of the Klamath County School District says he's excited about the Henley Elementary School project "This is finally here, and it's happening, and it's a good thing."
The original Henley Elementary shut down in 2006 due to mold problems.
Students have been attending classes in modular units ever since.
But, voters passed a bond measure in May of last year that will help build a new school.
"Approximately 65,000 square feet" notes Azevedo. "I believe we're over 500 student capacity, and I believe it's 21, or 22 classrooms."
Crews are now preparing the site, and hope to begin work on the foundation in about 2 months.
Azevedo says it will take about a year to complete construction...
"We're estimating the fall of 2015."
A groundbreaking ceremony on the project will be held this Friday morning at 10.
Total cost of the construction is about 19 million dollars.
The remainder of the 30 million dollar bond measure will be used for improvements at other Klamath County schools, such as roof repairs, energy-saving improvements, and fire alarm upgrades.