Bend’s newest school, North Star Elementary, officially opens on Monday with teachers moving in to begin setting up classrooms and prepping for the new year.
“This new school is designed with the educational needs of students in mind and I’m excited for teachers to begin to settle into their new classrooms as we look forward to welcoming new students,” said North Star Principal Kevin Gehrig.
The two-story school is situated in north-central Bend off of O.B. Riley Road. It will relieve overcrowding at elementary schools in northwest and northeast Bend.
North Star includes 24 classrooms, a gym, commons area and media center, and is based on the designs for Silver Rail Elementary School.
Construction of North Star is one of more than 150 projects that are part of the $268 million construction bond passed by voters in 2017. Hundreds of people have been employed to make the completion of this new school a reality. Thanks to construction of new schools and classrooms, more than 400 additional jobs are sustained in Deschutes County each year, according to IMPLAN economic data.
Community members are encouraged to save the date to join in a celebratory ribbon cutting and barbecue at the new school Aug. 28, starting at 4:30 p.m.