BAKER CITY:  Seismic upgrade construction wrapping up

BAKER CITY: Seismic upgrade construction wrapping up

Seismic upgrades continue at Brooklyn Primary and Baker High School with the goal of wrapping up work in time for staff to return in several weeks to prepare for the school year.
At Baker High, the roof is projected to be finished by early next week. Painting is in process inside and will move to the exterior next week. School registration is Aug. 13 and 14 in the BHS commons, and parents can enter through either the main entrance facing D Street or the west door near the gym parking lot. Work will not affect staff returning on Aug. 27.
At Brooklyn, the construction crew will finish the roof by next week, then focus on exterior wall work, such as replacing the brick. Griffin Construction representatives said the goal is to have the building safe for occupancy by Aug. 22, which is the target date for new staff to access to their classrooms.
The first day of school is Tuesday, Sept. 4.
This summer’s construction focused on seismic upgrades to the buildings can better handle an earthquake. The projects were funded by grants totaling $2.6 million.
About Baker School District 5J
Nationally recognized Baker School District 5J (BSD) in Baker City, OR, is the largest of three rural school districts in Baker County, serving 1,700 students and employing over 235 educators and staff. District elementary schools include Brooklyn Primary School, Haines Elementary, Keating Elementary School, and South Baker Intermediate. Baker Middle School and two high schools, Baker High School and Eagle Cap Innovative High School, are also part of BSD. Additionally, BSD sponsors two charter schools, Baker Web Academy and Baker Early College, each offering teacher-supported online education. BSD provides next-generation education for the future of Eastern Oregonians and launched Baker Technical Institute (BTI), a career and technical program that partners with regional employers and industry experts to provide an innovative education in hands-on fields. BSD believes strong schools are the foundation of strong and vibrant communities and is committed to preparing students to become a successful life-long learner.