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2017 Construction Bond

June 2020 construction at Caldera High School

The interior of Caldera High School, which opened in fall of 2021, thanks to the construction bond passed by voters in 2017.

Current Projects Underway

The following projects are currently under construction:

  • Bear Creek Elementary School: The school will receive a new stand alone cafeteria space, allowing the existing space to be used as a gymnasium full time. Construction is slated to be complete in spring of 2022. Energy efficient windows will also be installed throughout the school this summer.
  • R.E. Jewell Elementary School: The school will receive a new stand alone cafeteria and kitchen, allowing the existing space to be used as a gymnasium full time. The roof will include solar panels, which were purchased as part of a grant. Construction is slated to be complete in spring of 2022.
  • Cascade Middle School: The existing shop will be transformed into an exercise room; the art room has been modernized and lockers throughout the school, which are original, will be replaced.

Completed Projects

The following bond projects are complete.

New Schools

  • Caldera High School - construction of new high school in southeast Bend
  • North Star Elementary School - construction of new elementary school in north Bend

Major Projects and Additions

  • Pilot Butte Middle School - A full campus-wide modernization project at Pilot Butte, a 50-year-old school, is complete.
  • Amity Creek Magnet at Thompson School - The school, built in 1949, received its first comprehensive modernization throughout the building.
  • Bend Senior High School - a new standalone building that houses several classrooms and a large instruction multi-use space is complete. This is the first step as part of a new master plan for Bend Senior High.
  • Bend Tech Academy at Marshall High School - Two new Career and Technical classrooms and a new gymnasium
  • Juniper Elementary School - construction of a new gymnasium/multi-use space is complete
  • High Desert Middle School - construction of a new gymnasium is complete.

Interior Modernization Projects

  • Lava Ridge Elementary School
  • Elk Meadow Elementary School
  • La Pine Elementary School
  • La Pine Middle School (new science classroom)

Additional Bond Projects

  • Roofing projects at the following schools: Bend Senior High School, Mountain View High School, Bear Creek Elementary School, Pilot Butte Middle School, La Pine High School.
  • New secure lobbies at schools throughout the district.
  • Paving and accessibility updates at schools throughout the district.

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