posted: MAY 31, 2017
updated: june 16, 2017

As part of the ongoing dialogue with the community about the new Oak Ridge Preschool facility, City leaders hosted a third public forum-style meeting at the Scarboro Community Center on Thursday, May 25, 2017. 

Members of City Council and the Oak Ridge Board of Education were present, along with City staff members and representatives from Studio Four Design, the architectural firm selected for the project.

Two potential site design concepts were presented to citizens at the meeting and they were able to vote for their favorite. The total vote count was 18 in favor of option one and 13 in favor of option two. Studio Four also presented a general concept for the preschool building's design. You can take a closer look at them below:

Oak Ridge Preschool Site Concept #1

Oak Ridge Preschool Site Concept #2

Oak Ridge Preschool Building Design Concept

We continue to encourage the community to ask questions and provide suggestions about what they’d like to see with regards to the preschool project and its impact. If you'd like to see some of the comments collected at the most recent community meeting, click the link below:


If you have been unable to attend the meetings, please take a moment to review some of the media coverage on the preschool plans below:

BACKGROUND: Oak Ridge City Council voted during a special-called meeting on March 27, 2017, to select the Scarboro Park site as the location for a new Oak Ridge Preschool. 
The City of Oak Ridge and Oak Ridge Schools have been working to choose a site for the new preschool for approximately two years. Once the building is complete, the preschool will relocate from the school administration building on New York Avenue. Members of a committee formed to recommend possible sites looked at city-owned properties and a multitude of factors that would impact future students, their families and the community as a whole. Scarboro Park, the site ultimately selected by City Council and the Board of Education, is across the street from the Scarboro Community Center on Carver Avenue.