Seaside is a step closer to getting its schools out of the tsunami zone. The timber company Weyerhaeuser announced Friday it’s donating 80 acres of land to relocate the schools.
Only four K-12 public schools in Oregon stand within the tsunami zone. Three are in Seaside.
A large quake would likely collapse them, just before the Pacific covered them in water.
Superintendent Doug Dougherty announced the land donation to staff and the school board at breakfast.
“That news caused everyone to give high-fives, standing ovations for three to four minutes or so and everyone is just thrilled,” he said.
The state told the school district any new site had to be stable, without soil that would liquefy, and at least 80 feet above sea level.
Weyerhaeuser had the only suitable land in the area.
The school district is considering a November bond to build new schools, but a similar measure failed in the past.