VERNONIA, Ore. (AP) -- Students in Vernonia will soon have a new place to learn three years after flooding caused widespread damage in the Coast Range foothills just west of Portland.
Gov. Ted Kulongoski led a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday for a new school and community center to replace three schools damaged in the 2007 flood that sent sewage through classrooms.
The new school will house kindergartners through high school seniors.
It's the latest step in rebuilding the Oregon community repeatedly ravaged by floods. Kulongoski also announced the state will pay $3.8 million to improve the a highway and two other streets near the new school.
Students have been attending class in damaged buildings and portable classrooms since 2007. The school is being funded through a $13 million bond and private fundraising.