An end-of-the-year farewell party saw families, alums and community members join Faubion Elementary School’s 500 students and faculty to say good-by to the 65-year-old structure and get a peek at Faubion’s 21st-century future. Relocating temporarily to Tubman Middle School in the fall the students and teachers will wait while Portland Public Schools builds a 130,000-square-foot school to replace the current building. The new Faubion, scheduled to open in 2017, will include space for Concordia University’s College of Education.
“We are very excited,” said Faubion Principal LaShawn Lee, “because we will be the only school like this in the world.” Concordia University is contributing $15.5 million in donations, land and resources toward the project, and another $29 million will come from the PPS School Building Improvement Bond. When it reopens, the three-story Faubion School will hold 700 students, with classrooms for babies as young as six weeks.
Donna Thompson, a Faubion alumna who attended the school from 1951 to 1960, said, “I’m very excited for my little grandson to be a part of it!”