Request for community support to issue $249.7 million in general obligation bonds to improve safety and modernize aging schools and classrooms in Bend-La Pine Schools.
Nearly half of the district’s buildings were built prior to 1980. Some were built more than 90 years ago – the oldest was built in 1918. Though these buildings have been well maintained, many are in need of major repair and maintenance to extend their life and usefulness. In addition to maintenance and modernization, many any of these buildings will benefit from safety and security improvements to help keep students and staff safe.
Safety and security improvements district-wide such as upgrading interior classroom door handles and door locks;
Delivery of safety improvements at Juniper Elementary School that include moving the main offices to a location that improves visibility and visitor management;
Replacement of Bend Senior High School’s inefficient 70-year-old classrooms on the current school property to improve safety, security, and instruction;
Delivery of about a dozen maintenance and safety projects at La Pine area schools;
Protection of the community’s investment in school buildings by making repairs and improvements district-wide including the replacement of aging roofs;
Classroom additions and modernization projects; and
Money saving energy improvements to boilers, HVAC and lighting systems.
Passage of a $249.7 million bond measure will sustain jobs in our community each year; and Bend-La Pine Schools will hire local contractors to do the construction work to the greatest degree possible in order to sustain employment opportunities for Central Oregonians.
With approval of this bond and continued retirement of existing bonds, we anticipate the District’s overall general obligation bond tax rate will not increase. New residents moving into the community will assist in the repayment of the bonds.