The new K-12 school building in Vernonia is not quite ready for a grand opening, but it is ready to be filled with some furniture and supplies.
Teachers, students and volunteers helped move items into the new building from the temporary classrooms that have been used since a devastating flood five years ago.
"The flood in 2007 made a lot of people wonder if Vernonia was going to survive," said Dr. Ken Cox, superintendent. "We're here today to show that not only are we surviving but we're moving forward."
The district is moving forward with a facility that is on track to earn platinum LEED certification as an environmentally-friendly building. Cox said it would be the first K-12 school in the nation to achieve that status.
The district estimates nearly 100 volunteers took part in the move in some way including inmates on a work crew providing manpower and the local Lyons Club providing lunch.
"When something bad happens, all the community gets together and we're all just like a big family," said Hannah Fleck, who will be a freshman in the fall. "We help each other out."
The district credits the success of the project to continued community support. A grand opening celebration is scheduled for August 21.
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