In May 2018, voters approved a $619.7 million bond to fund improvements for Salem-Keizer schools.
Today, supporters of Kennedy Elementary School, including local officials, school board members, community supporters and school staff, gathered to celebrate the official start of construction at the Keizer elementary school as part of the 2018 bond program.
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With a total project budget of $12.2 million, Kennedy Elementary will receive additions and expansions to relieve overcrowding and improve learning spaces for students. Kennedy will receive seven new classrooms, a new cafeteria and kitchen, music room improvements, seismic upgrades, safety and security improvements for the front entry and more.
“Last spring, a small team of Kennedy staff members were closely involved in the first phase of drawing the floor plans for Kennedy and this team gave great insights into what would work best for our school,” said Kennedy Elementary School principal Jesse Leonard. “What will be built here reflects Kennedy’s uniqueness and the heart this staff team has for serving every Kennedy Wildcat.”
Construction is set to begin in the summer of 2021 and is scheduled to be substantially completed in the early fall of 2022.
“As we kick off construction that will add needed space and improve the learning environments here at Kennedy, I am thankful for, and proud to be a part of a community that cares so much for its students,” said SKPS Superintendent Christy Perry. “Thanks to the support of our community, we are able to implement substantial changes to our district that will help reinforce the ultimate goal of preparing all students for a successful life after graduation”
For more information on the status projects funded by the 2018 bond program, please visit the Bond Program page on the district website.
Watch the full video of the groundbreaking, including speeches by Kennedy Elementary School students
Madison Adair, Jadiel Lopez and Abigail Ceja on the Salem-Keizer Public Schools YouTube Channel.