2017 Construction Bond

Students walking in Sky View hallway

Latest News

New High School: Architects are moving deeper into developing the design. The architects have also shared exterior and interior renderings (see them on the New High School webpage).

New Elementary School: Contractor Kirby Nagelhout Construction began construction the first week of May. Groundbreaking on the new elementary school took place Monday, June 11. Construction is underway and the building is slated to open in fall of 2019.

Bend Senior High School: Master planning for the school started in April and includes teachers, office staff, additional staff members, the principal, a board member and other district-level administrators as well as BBT Architects. Planning will continue in the fall and winter.

Marshall High School: Construction on the site is underway and 2KG Contractors started work. The project is slated to be complete in spring of 2019.

Secure Lobbies: Six schools have received new secure lobbies — High Lakes Elementary School, Lava Ridge Elementary School, Pine Ridge Elementary School, Ponderosa Elementary School, Sky View Middle School and William E. Miller Elementary School. A contract has been signed with R & H Construction and BLRB Architects for design on all remaining secure lobbies, which are slated to be complete by the start of 2020. Next up are secure lobbies at Mountain View High School, Elk Meadow Elementary School and Bear Creek Elementary School.

Pilot Butte Middle School: Construction for Phase 1 of Pilot Butte is mostly complete. The 50-year-old school is receiving a full interior modernization, starting with Buildings E and F. The office has been relocated to create a secure lobby and the science classrooms are modernized. The music classrooms were leveled out to create a more accessible and better learning environment. Phase 2, which includes Building B and D, is in design development and construction is expected to start during winter break.

Juniper Elementary School: BBT Architects has been selected and the project is in the design development phase.

Other projects: Paving and accessibility improvements are underway at eight sites and fencing projects are taking place at several sites throughout the district. Roofing projects are taking place at Buckingham Elementary School, Cascade Middle School, Mountain View High School and R.E. Jewell Elementary School.

Bond Details

In May 2017, the voters of Bend-La Pine Schools approved a capital construction bond in the amount of $268 million dollars.

School bond projects will increase student and staff safety, improve access to school sites, and address chronic overcrowding through upgrades and updates made to schools and classrooms throughout the district.

About the Bond

Provide Neighborhood Schools in High-Growth Areas:

Construct one elementary school and one high school to meet current and anticipated future overcrowding caused by decades of continuing enrollment growth[1].

Maintenance and Preservation at Existing Buildings:

Nearly half of the District’s schools are more than 30-years-old, and projects are proposed to modernize these facilities. The bond funding would allow the District to replace leaking roofs and windows, and upgrade heating, ventilation, electrical, and plumbing systems. The bond would also allow the District to make money saving energy improvements to boilers, HVAC and lighting systems to many of its schools and facilities.

Classroom Additions and Modernization:

Many of the District's classrooms were constructed decades ago. The bond would allow the community to add and renovate classrooms and support spaces at existing schools; including modernization of instructional spaces for science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics and physical education.

Safety and Technology Improvements:

Make health and life safety upgrades including cameras, intercoms and entrance redesign to provide improved visibility of visitor access. Improve technology wiring and cabling to ensure students throughout the district have equal access to technology resources.

[1] October 1 Historical Enrollment, Julianne Repman, Oct. 1, 2016