Oregon School District officials will break ground on a new K-6 elementary school in Fitchburg next week.

OSD voters approved $47 million in referendum funding last November to expand the district’s capacity at the elementary level with a population boom expected.

The public is invited to the brief ceremony, set for 4:30 p.m. at the building site, off Larsen Road in the new Terravessa Development, just east of the Lacy Road/U.S. Hwy. 14 interchange.

“Our school community is growing, and we’re excited to add the district’s fourth elementary school in the City of Fitchburg,” district superintendent Brian Busler wrote in an invitation. “The new school was designed with OSD staff to be a great learning environment for all children.”

Busler and school board member Courtney Odorico will open the program with a welcome message, followed by a ceremonial dig with district students and dignitaries and closing remarks by Busler.

Onsite parking will be available, with additional street parking available adjacent to the site. For special accommodations, including seating, email groundbreaking@oregonsd.org.

After nearly two years of research, the district year identified the fast-growing northern section of the district in the northeast part of the City of Fitchburg as the most effective location for new schools last year, with the student population expected to jump from around 4,000 to more than 6,000 by 2030.

The K-6 elementary near the Lacy Road interchange was seen as the most pressing need, with a new middle school planned for the mid-2020s – likely just north of the Village of Oregon – to address the expected increase of students in that age group.

The plans for the approximately 130,000-square-foot elementary building include several playgrounds, three inner courtyards and a butterfly garden.

Email Unified Newspaper Group reporter Scott De Laruelle at scott.delaruelle@wcinet.com.