New Schools Honored by DJC

January 15, 2013

The district was recently informed that the Vernonia Schools project was designated a ‘2013 Newsmaker’ by the Daily Journal of Commerce. When I asked what this meant I received the following information:

“For more than 140 years, the Daily Journal of Commerce has served as the area’s main resource for news about the building industry in Portland, Oregon and the Pacific Northwest.  A few years ago, we began honoring Newsmakers on an annual basis. In our selection process, we look for companies, individuals and organizations that have recently played – or are expected to play – a significant role in the region’s building industry. This year, we decided to break with tradition and include your district’s school project as a way to honor the district, the city, the project team and the entire community of Vernonia for a group effort in rebuilding the community’s school.

“The Vernonia K-12 School has been on our radar as qualifying as a Newsmaker for several reasons.

  • The project created desperately needed jobs for the local construction industry.
  • It helped set new standards in sustainable design for educational facilities.
  • Even more compelling of a reason, though, was the opportunity to recognize the tenacity, dedication and efforts of your school district, the government leaders of Vernonia, the students who attend the school, the citizens of Vernonia, and the construction, architecture and engineering firms who all worked together to create something that more than just a “bricks-and-mortar” structure.

“In order to simplify the award presentations, we identified the Vernonia School District and the city of Vernonia as the recipient representatives. However, the purpose of the award is to pay tribute to all of those gave their time, skills and talents to create the new Vernonia K-12 School.”

Congratulations and Thank You to the host of individuals and companies who made such recognition possible. We have every reason to be proud!

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