New High School Frequently Asked Questions (PDF) - 1/28/15
Q: When is the new high school scheduled to open?
A: The new high school will open in September 2017.
Q: How will the Beaverton School District address safety concerns and handle the additional traffic near the new high school?
A: As part of the permitting process, the District is required by the City of Beaverton and Washington County to complete a traffic study. The findings will influence the design of the high school entrance and exit patterns.
We will be installing two lighted intersections, one at the main entry to the high school off of 175th to allow safe entry and exit, and another at the west side of the high school property from Scholls Ferry Road. There may some additional modifications we will need to make based on City and County review of our application.
Q: Will the speed limit on 175th be reduced below 45 miles per hour when the high school is occupied?
A: Yes, the speed limit on 175th and along Scholls Ferry Road adjacent to the high school property will be reduced to no more than 20 miles per hour during morning arrival and afternoon dismissal. There will be signs and lights alerting drivers to the school zones. We anticipate that our law enforcement partners will assist with traffic compliance especially as the new high school opens and affects existing traffic patterns and driver habits.
Q: How will you handle the wetlands area on the new high school property?
A: A significant portion of the wetlands area will remain. The District is planning on minimizing the impact to this area habitat. We have sought the guidance of the Department of State Lands and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as we move forward on the design.
Q: What will happen to the beautiful walnut tree on the new high school property?
A: Update March 2016: The District had hoped to save the tree.
However, we are required by jurisdiction to build a retaining wall on
that corner of the property. Two arborists examined the tree to assess
its health and whether it would be impacted by the construction of the
retaining wall. They determined that the tree was not in very good
health, and due to the root structure, it would likely not survive the
construction. They recommended we take down the tree. The District hopes
to salvage some of the wood from the tree to be used in countertops in
the new school's administrative office. The District will plant 22
new trees on the High School site to replace the walnut tree.