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2017 Construction Bond

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Latest News - Construction in Progress

New High School

  • August update: Site work is underway on Bend-La Pine Schools’ newest high school, with contractors beginning to prepare the foundation for the building in southeast Bend. A ground breaking for the new school will take place 1 p.m. Sept. 19 and members of the community are invited. Construction is starting on off site work and street improvements, including building a roundabout at Knott and SE 15th Street.
  • About this project: The new high school, strategically sited where overcrowding issues are the greatest, will meet current and anticipated future classroom shortages caused by decades of enrollment growth. It will be a two-story school which will include approximately 59 classrooms, including several Career and Technical Education classrooms; a 600-seat auditorium; a library as a central focal point of the school; collaboration space throughout the school; a football stadium and other sports fields; and two secure main entries. The school is on track to open in the fall of 2021 and will help alleviate overcrowding at the high schools in Bend.

North Star Elementary School

  • Now complete: First day of school was Sept. 4.
  • About this project: North Star is a two-story school that includes 24 classrooms, gym, commons area and media center, based on the designs for Silver Rail Elementary School. It is located at OB Riley Road and Cooley Road in north central Bend and will help alleviate overcrowding at elementary schools.

Marshall High School

  • Now complete: A new gym, locker rooms, fitness room, restrooms and two Career and Technical Education classrooms are now open and in use at Marshall High School.
  • About this project: The bond funds the addition of a new multi-use building with classrooms and a dedicated gym, a new secure lobby, energy efficient doors and windows and new technology updates.

Pilot Butte Middle School

  • August update: The transformation of the 50-year-old school includes a new secure lobby, new roofs on several buildings, new technology, new energy efficient lighting and windows as well as completely modernized classrooms. Classroom spaces in Buildings B and D are completely transformed after being modernized this summer as part of Phase 2 of the school-wide project. Building B houses the classes for sixth-graders as well as the Life Skills classroom and Building D includes language and art and design classrooms. The third and final phase of construction will begin in summer of 2020.
  • About this project: Pilot Butte, a 50-year-old school, is receiving a full, campus-wide interior modernization. The project is being done in phases and includes new secure lobby, new roofs on several buildings, new technology and more. Phase 1, which is complete, included modernization of Buildings E and F. The office was 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.

Elk Meadow Elementary School

  • August update: Construction at Elk Meadow Elementary School includes installation of energy efficient LED lighting, storm water drainage improvements, stage work, adding projectors and fans and other technology and safety updates. The change in lighting is expected to save up to $8,000 a year in energy costs.
  • About this project: Elk Meadow will receive new energy efficient LED lighting, a modernized stage, ceiling fans in classrooms, a secure lobby, technology updates, landscaping improvements and more.

La Pine Elementary School

  • August update: Work is underway on this project and is slated to be complete by the end of summer.
  • About this project: The interior will be painted and lighting is being converted to more energy efficient LED lighting, which is expected to save up to $8,000 a year in energy costs once the project is complete.

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 slated to take place at Bear Creek Elementary School, Mountain View High School, La Pine High School, Pilot Butte Middle School and part of Bend Senior High School this summer.

Roofing projects were completed at Buckingham Elementary School, Cascade Middle School and R.E. Jewell Elementary School.

Up Next

The following projects are in design, planning or development — with construction slated to begin in 2020.

Bend Senior High School

  • August update: A new master plan for Bend Senior High School has been developed - the first phase of which will be build with funds from the 2017 construction bond. Schematic designs for phase 1 are in development. The master planning for the school started in April 2018 and includes teachers, office staff, additional staff members, the principal, a board member and other district-level administrators as well as BBT Architects.
  • About this project: Some instructional spaces within Bend Senior High School, which was built in 1955, will be modernized. The first phase of the master plan for the school will take place with funds from the 2017 construction bond.

Juniper Elementary School

  • August update: BBT Architects has been selected and the project is in the design development phase as architects work with the school to determine long range plan. Construction is slated to take place in summer of 2020.
  • About this project: The school, which is one of the oldest in Bend-La Pine Schools, will receive a new multi-use instruction space and a new kitchen. The project will also include new roofs for several buildings, energy efficient windows, new technology updates, a secure lobby and more.

La Pine Middle School

  • August update: Work on the scope of the remodel is beginning. Construction will take place in the summer of 2020.
  • About this project: An existing science classroom will be converted to a wet science classroom; ADA improvements will be made throughout.

Amity Creek Magnet at Thompson School

  • August update: BBT Architect has been selected and they are working with staff on programming. Construction will begin in the summer of 2020.
  • About this project: The school, which was built in 1949, will receive its first comprehensive modernization. The interior will be modernized and the school will receive a new roof. Seismic upgrades will also take place, funded by a grant.

High Desert Middle School

  • August update: The project was awarded to Stemach Design + Architecture with plans to break ground in summer of 2020.
  • About this project: A new auxillary gym will be constructed at High Desert on the southeastern corner of the building.

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 Students sitting at benches with their hands raisedHigh-Growth Areas:

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

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Maintenance and Preservation at Existing Buildings:

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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.

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Classroom Additions and Modernization:

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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.

A picture of a school construction siteSafety and Technology Improvements:

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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.

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