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Highland Elementary

Highland Elementary School in Reedsport.

REEDSPORT — Highland Elementary School will be hosting a grand re-opening open house Tuesday, Jan. 28, to celebrate the completion of the seismic retrofitting done over the summer.

The re-opening will be Tuesday from 5-6 p.m. at 2605 Longwood Drive in Reedsport. It will feature a facility tour to look at the retrofitted areas with before and after photos of where the work was done. There will also be a ribbon cutting ceremony and a hot dog dinner.

The ribbon cutting will be a ribbon cutting at 5 p.m. sharp.

Highland Elementary Principal Amanda O'Brien said everyone who wants to come is invited to see what work was done. She said it's exciting to have their building back after the retrofit.

"It's reassuring to know that our building is now operating with these safety upgrades for our students and staff," said O'Brien. "The construction company came in and completed a lot of work in three short months and it was quite the process to be a part of."

During summer break 2019, the Highland campus was closed for construction. The project focused on reinforcing the building's structure and upgrading load-bearing supports with materials that will better withstand an earthquake. Most of the work was completed by the start of the school year, but a few finishing touches needed to be worked on during the first part of the year before and after school.

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Reporter Adam Robertson can be reached at 541-297-3590, or by email at adam.robertson@theworldlink.com.

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