Looks like they had a nice turnout for the formal dedication of the new Waldport High School on Wednesday. Pictures provided by MaryJo Kerlin of the Lincoln County School District showed very few empty seat-spots on the bleachers inside the huge, new gymnasium also of the beautiful new multipurpose room, shop area, and a ribbon cutting with all the appropriate dignitaries looking on. Former Mayor Herman Welch (L) and current Mayor Susan Woodruff (R) did the honors with the scissors.
The $17 million dollar high school was moved not to accommodate higher student enrollment but rather to have their students and staff work in a building that won’t be in the way of a tsunami should one be generated by an offshore Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake which occurs occasionally here along the Oregon Coast. The old high school down below in the downtown area will be used as a “live fire” training facility in the near future by firefighters throughout Lincoln County. Once burned, the remnants will be hauled away to the dump.
After that the property will be designated as “open space.” The Federal Emergency Management Agency which is now in charge of the property has mandated that no permanent structures be erected on the site, leaving future uses in the category of passive recreation, mainly. Maybe some sports fields, a dog park, things like that. But nothing that a tsunami could come along and sweep away and propel upriver as floating battering rams against other properties.
The new Waldport High School was part of a number of major construction and renovation projects throughout Lincoln County that the voters approved of some years back – a $63 million investment in our children. The other projects included new classrooms, kitchen area renovations and more parking at Toledo Elementary; new playground, walking track, fire access road, expanded parking and extensive classroom renovation at Oceanlake Elementary in Lincoln City; a nearly 10,000 square foot classroom expansion at Taft Elementary in Lincoln City; extensive renovation of science labs, upgraded electrical service, remodeling the courtyard and commons at Newport High; over 11,000 square feet of new classrooms, renovations to other classrooms and a new gymnasium at Sam Case Elementary in Newport; over 9,000 square feet of new classrooms and a commons wing, and expansion of the gym at Toledo High; additional classrooms plus renovation to science lab and computer lab classrooms at Newport Prep Academy; a covered play structure at Newport Intermediate; complete roof replacement, new baseball field, batting cage, dugouts, concession stand, press box and restrooms at Taft High in Lincoln City; playground relocation and improvements plus extensive classroom renovations at Crestview Elementary in Waldport; removal of 33 high cost maintenance portable classrooms throughout the district; high school athletic field improvements at Taft, Newport, Toledo and Waldport high schools; and a flurry of other heating, window, and technology upgrades and additions throughout schools district-wide.