PORTLAND – A Pre-K through 8 school is getting ready for a brand new look and more educational opportunities. Faubion School on Northeast Rosa Parks Way received 27 and a half million dollars for a 2012 bond measure. Concordia University right next door has partnered with the school donating land and making plans to raise somewhere between 7 and 15 million dollars for what will become a national school model.
Gary Withers Executive Vice President of External Affairs for Concordia University says three major things will happen during the rebuild of Faubion. An early Childhood Development Center will be created in partnership with the University. Organic food will be made available to students and families at cost. Then the third element is the idea of co-locating Concordia’s College of Education with Faubion.
Wither’s says ”This is very exciting and I’m looking forward to community input.” Eight or nine public meetings have taken place already. Many more will happen before a plan is finalized. Parents and the neighborhood have expressed concerns about what will happen to a church and a field right next door. Big Ideas continue to be encouraged. The current school will be torn down in 2016. The new building should be up and running in time for the start of school in 2017.