Corridor Elementary School to Close in June
Corridor Elementary School will be closed at the end of this school year, in light of significantly decreased student enrollment at the small alternative school and expected school funding shortfalls resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.
Corridor is an alternative elementary school program in the North Eugene region, founded in the 1970s. Corridor has been a cherished program for its students and families over those decades, but the school's enrollment has fallen by nearly half over the past several years to 142 students. It has the highest costs per student and the least diverse student population among 4J's 20 elementary schools.
Facing a significantly changed economic outlook and the program’s decreased student enrollment, the superintendent recommended and the school board voted to close Corridor in June, before incurring the costs of construction to relocate Corridor to North Eugene High School this summer as previously planned.
The closure will save the district about $317,000 per year in operating costs. An additional $1 million in bond funds saved by not making renovations for Corridor's relocation to North Eugene will be used for other needed capital improvements.
Students may enroll in their neighborhood school or in another school where space is available. The district will provide a special process to support Corridor families with enrollment options for next year, outside of the regular school choice process.