Frequently Asked Questions

Please keep in mind that restoring and renovating Westside School into a Community Campus is a conversation at this point. Any information provided on this website and in these FAQs is subject to change.

What is the current status of Westside School?

Westside School is owned by the Jefferson County School District 509J. It currently houses several programs including Bridges High School, Transitions, and Kid’s Inc. However, The Bean Foundation has a option to buy Westside School at some point in the future. 

What is Tell Us Your Westside Story?

For a variety of reasons, there is very little historical documentation of the different “lives” of Westside School. “Tell Us Your Westside Story” captures memories and memorabilia about peoples’ time spent at the school and will create a more comprehensive history of this iconic building.

What is a community campus?

Initial discussions with community members, organizations, and businesses have identified a few ideas about how to use a restored and renovated facility with the idea of a creating an anchor destination in downtown Madras. These include housing the Jefferson County Historical Society museum; creating arts and performance spaces; public access to a commercial kitchen; maker space; and an entrepreneurial, business and technology hub.

What should I do if I have a story to tell or have something to donate?

 Th Jefferson County Historical Society is accepting Westside School memorabilia (from Madras Union High School, Madras Junior High, and Westside Elementary). We ask that it be in clean and good condition. Suggested items include photos, yearbooks, letter jackets and letters, trophies, signage, etc. We ask that it be clean and in good condition. 

Please review the Memorabilia Donation Policy and Donation Agreement for guidelines. 

All donations will become property of the Jefferson County Historical Society.  

Is fundraising underway?

The Bean Foundation is not actively fundraising at this point in time. If you would like to discuss further, please call 541-350-3106 or send an email to

What if I have something I’d like to share but don’t want to donate?

We would be happy to discuss how we can “share” items you may have with the community. For example, we can make copies of photos or other documents; we may want to display memorabilia in a future exhibition; or read through books, journals, magazines, and newspapers to excerpt  interesting content. Please call 541-350-3106 or email to discuss.