YONCALLA — An ambitious construction project focused on seismic retrofitting began mid-June at Yoncalla High School.

Expected to conclude in late August, demolition has already focused on a new roof on the senior hall and near the office. The glass blocks located throughout the school were also removed.

The elementary and high schools, built in 1950 and 1970 respectively, were in need of repairs. A $4.5 million fund was received from the state’s Seismic Rehabilitation Grant Program. Approximately $3 million has been allocated to the high school, the rest reserved for updates at the elementary school that were completed last year, according to a press release.

“These upgrades are crucial to the safety of our students, teachers and staff,” said Yoncalla School District superintendent and YHS principal Brian Berry in a press release. “Thanks to state grants, the district can afford to make these improvements to buildings found to have structural deficiencies.”

The second phase of construction at the high school will include the gym, little theater and shop and will begin later this summer. Estimated completion of the project is set for late October. New windows and insulation will be installed and numerous walls will be fortified.

Erica Welch is a community reporter for The News-Review. She can be reached at ewelch@nrtoday.com or 541-957-4218.

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Erica Welch is a community reporter for The News-Review. She can be reached at ewelch@nrtoday.com or 541-957-4218.

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