COMMUNITY MEETING TO DISCUSS OAK RIDGE PRESCHOOL


june 26, 2017

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As part of the ongoing dialogue with the community regarding the new Oak Ridge Preschool that will be constructed in Scarboro Park, City leaders will host a fourth public forum-style meeting at the Scarboro Community Center on Tuesday, July 11, 2017, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. This meeting will be the last step in the conceptual design process. Once plans are affirmed by the community, architects will begin work on construction drawings. 

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What:             Community Meeting on New Oak Ridge Preschool

When:           Tuesday, July 11, 2017, at 6:00 p.m.

Where:           Scarboro Community Center
148 Carver Avenue, Oak Ridge, TN 37830

Three meetings have been held so far this year at Scarboro Community Center to discuss plans for the new preschool: March 23, April 20 and May 25. Various members of City Council and the Oak Ridge Board of Education were present at each meeting, along with City staff members and representatives from Studio Four Design, the architectural firm selected for the project. 

Two potential site design concepts were presented at the most recent meeting and citizens were able to vote for their favorite. The total vote count was 18 in favor of option one and 13 in favor of option two. Studio Four also presented a general concept for the preschool building's design. You can take a closer look at them below:

Oak Ridge Preschool Site Concept #1

Oak Ridge Preschool Site Concept #2

Oak Ridge Preschool Building Design Concept

We continue to encourage the community to ask questions and provide suggestions about what they’d like to see with regards to the preschool project and its impact. If you'd like to see some of the comments collected at the most recent community meeting, click the link below:

new: OAK RIDGE PRESCHOOL COMMUNITY INPUT COMMENTS


If you have been unable to attend the meetings, please take a moment to review some of the media coverage on the preschool plans below:

BACKGROUND: Oak Ridge City Council voted during a special-called meeting on March 27, 2017, to select the Scarboro Park site as the location for a new Oak Ridge Preschool. 
The City of Oak Ridge and Oak Ridge Schools have been working to choose a site for the new preschool for approximately two years. Once the building is complete, the preschool will relocate from the school administration building on New York Avenue. Members of a committee formed to recommend possible sites looked at city-owned properties and a multitude of factors that would impact future students, their families and the community as a whole. Scarboro Park, the site ultimately selected by City Council and the Board of Education, is across the street from the Scarboro Community Center on Carver Avenue.