Work begins on new Prineville elementary

700-student school set to open in fall of 2015

Prep work for new Prineville school

PRINEVILLE, Ore. - There's no name yet, but prep work for a new elementary school in Prineville is well underway.

The $15 million school will make its home off of NE Hudspeth Road, and is part of a $33 million bond that passed last year.

The new school will serve about 700 students, and will allow one of the Crook County School District's oldest schools, Ochoco Elementary to close.

Cecil Sly Elementary also will get a makeover, and with the remodel also will be able to serve nearly 700 students.

The new elementary school will open in the fall of 2015.

Planning Principal Jim Bates, who also currently serves as principal of Cecil Sly Elementary, said the new school's design focuses on improved safety and the latest models of teaching.

"The classrooms are clustered around each other and that provides teachers and students more freedom and flexibility to connect with each other without doing so in the hallways," Bates said.

The school district is taking nominations for naming the new school and other design elements until April 7th. You can visit for all the details.

A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled at the site of the new school on June 2nd at 4 p.m.

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