Every school benefits.
No increase to current tax rate expected.
Sustains jobs in our community.
$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.
Renovated classrooms at Bend Tech Academy - A major classroom building renovation has been completed at Bend Tech Academy, one of the District’s choice option high schools. The bond project includes four classrooms, a student collaboration space, and restrooms. Bremik Construction of Portland was the general contractor. The renovated classrooms reopened for use this month, with the school's business, medical/health, and social studies classes moving in.
Door lock replacement work begins in several schools - A major effort to improve school safety is underway in the district – one of the bigger projects from the 2022 bond. Door locks are being replaced in 28 schools over the next three years. When completed, all classrooms in our district will have up-to-date, easy-to-use Schlage door locks.
Our schools were built and remodeled at different times over many decades, and we have thousands of doors in our buildings. A lot of the locks are older and not suited to safety practices today. Some doors cannot accommodate the new hardware and need to be replaced. The new locks are fast and easy to use. Once locked, it’s easy to see the door is locked from across the classroom. If someone exits the room, the door remains locked when closed again.
We plan to have nine schools retrofitted by mid-August 2024. These include Bear Creek Elementary, Pilot Butte Middle School and Three Rivers K-8 School now. Next will be Mountain View High School, Cascade Middle School, and all four of our La Pine schools.
The bond measure sustains jobs in our community each year; and Bend-La Pine Schools hires 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.