2017 Construction Bond

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Latest News - Construction in Progress

New High School

  • June update: The intent is to award the contract for building construction to Kirby Nagelhout subject to school board approval, at the June 25 board meeting. Construction is slated to begin in July. Construction to prep the building pad has begun. Off site work is slated to begin later this summer and will include building a roundabout at Knott and SE 15th Street, creating a collector road connecting Brosterhaus and SE 15th Street, constructing a local access road, and constructing multi-use paths surrounding the perimeter of the site and connecting to Alpenglow Park 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

  • June update: 80 percent of the school's furniture has been delivered as construction work is being completed. Materials for the library and office are slated to be delivered in late July. The school's ribbon cutting will take place Aug. 29 and the community is invited to attend.
  • 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

  • June update: 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

  • June update: Building B and D are currently under construction. Classrooms are being gutted and modernized. New roofs are being installed on Buildings A, E and F this summer. Schematic designs are underway for Building C, the final phase of the project. Construction is slated to start summer 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

  • June update: Construction on this project began in early May and is slated to be complete in fall of 2019.
  • 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. Energy efficiency savings are expected to total $10,000 per year once the project is complete.

La Pine Elementary School

  • June 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 $10,000 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

  • June 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

  • June 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

  • June 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

  • June 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

  • June 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