Nehalem Elementary Parents,

I am excited to share with you that the $1.4 million dollar seismic upgrade at Nehalem Elementary is 99% complete!  The demolition and reconstruction lasted until the first day of school.    Extensive construction occurred over the summer to the main building at Nehalem Elementary including some windows removed and reinforced with rebar and concrete, 85% new electrical throughout the entire building, steel beams installed, hundreds of sheets of plywood hung on ceilings and walls, metal structural supports mounted on beams, new carpet and lighting, etc.

The intent of the Seismic Rehabilitation Grant Program is to reinforce the structural integrity of the building in order for your children and staff to safely exit in case of an earthquake.  Nehalem Elementary received two of these seismic grants.  In the near future, the gym at Nehalem Elementary will have a $1.5 million dollar seismic retrofit.

It was disheartening to see photos and read news articles about the loss of young lives and destruction to schools caused by the recent earthquake in Central Mexico.  Some of these schools were not seismically upgraded, and massive destruction occurred.   I feel very fortunate the Oregon Legislature has the vision to dedicate public funds to seismic upgrade schools, hospitals, and other public buildings.  The Seismic Rehabilitation Grant Program provided the necessary funding to make the oldest building at Nehalem Elementary now one of the safest.

If you would like additional information about the Seismic Rehabilitation Grant Program, please go to

I would like to thank Nehalem Elementary staff for their patience during this significant construction project.  Their work environment was profoundly disrupted during the summer and beginning of the school year.  Nehalem Elementary staff understood the vital importance of this project; their collaboration with contractors and school district staff is appreciated.

Thank you,

Paul Erlebach, Superintendent

Neah-Kah-Nie School District