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Oregon Schools hope to raising money for upgrades

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This auditorium inside Eisenhower Middle school has been home to plays, musicals, and recitals for more than 50 years.

It could use some TLC and some upgrades.

Oregon Superintendent Lonny Rivera tells 13abc, "My parents were some of the first to come into this building...It was new 52 years ago, sorry mom and dad...the seats you see here are original from that time period "

Dr. Rivera says he doesn't want to burden tax payers to pay for improvements, so he's asking the Oregon business community and alumni to support the district through The Oregon Schools Foundation. He tells 13abc:

"The older you get you start thinking about legacy how you can give back. how can I have something that's going to last for most people high school experience is sacred for them and yet we haven't gone back to them to say this is what we are working on. would you like to assist us with is."

The district would like some assistance with its athletic work out area at Clay High School.

It can barely house new equipment let alone a whole team. Dr. Rivera tells 13abc, "scheduling can become a problem because of the amount and size in space that we have...so to get all of the kids cycled through...its difficult "

The Oregon Schools Foundation will be reaching out to the community soon to see what kind of improvements the community would like to see then the foundation will work towards raising the money needed.

Brent Shimman is the President of the Oregon Schools Foundation. He tells 13abc, "a lot of people who are born and raised here still live here by choice, my kids are in the district and I think that's a sense of what can I do to make it a better place...what can I do to make Oregon schools stronger."

Click here to learn more about the foundation.