2017 Construction Bond

Students walking in Sky View hallway

Latest News

New High School

March update: Early bid packages for site prep work and off site work are due April 2 and the Board of Directors is slated to review the bids April 9. The offsite work 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.

Building construction is slated to begin in July after a general contractor is selected in June.

New Elementary School

March update: Workers are installing cabinetry in some parts of the school; some classrooms are mostly done. Drywall and painting continues.

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

March update: Master planning for this project is underway and a public meeting was held in February to review two options. $10 million from the 2017 bond will be used on a first phase for the plan.

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.

Marshall High School

March update: Two new Career and Technical Education classrooms are complete at Marshall High School. The new gym area is expected to be completed later this spring.

Secure Lobbies

March update: Secure lobbies are currently under construction at Mountain View High School, Bear Creek Elementary School and Elk Meadow Elementary School. All projects are near completion. Construction on secure lobbies at Summit High School, Cascade Middle School and Westside Village Magnet at Kingston School are slated to begin over spring break. Secure lobbies at La Pine High School, La Pine Middle School and La Pine Elementary are slated to begin construction at the end of April.

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.

Pilot Butte Middle School

March update: Building B is currently under construction and Building D will be under construction this summer, with completion slated this fall.

Construction for Phase 1 of Pilot Butte is complete. The 50-year-old school is receiving a full interior modernization, starting with 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

The design phase on the project, which will include new energy efficient lights, technology and safety updates, is in design now with construction expected to start this summer.

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 slated to take place at Bear Creek Elementary School, Mountain View High School, La Pine High School, Amity Creek at Thompson School and Pilot Butte Middle School this summer.

Roofing projects were completed at Buckingham Elementary School, Cascade Middle 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