Bend-La Pine Schools’ 2016 Sites and Facilities teams, in partnership with the community, have developed a recommendation for a school capital construction bond request that proposes to address the following four major areas:
Construct one elementary school and one high school to meet current and anticipated future overcrowding caused by decades of continuing enrollment growth.
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.
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.
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.
The committee recommends that the Bend-La Pine Schools Board of Directors place a bond measure on the May 16, 2017 general election ballot.
Thanks to the continued retirement of existing bonds, the overall tax rate is projected to increase by .44-cents per $1,000 of taxable value annually, over the life of the bond. This amount is equal to an estimated cost of just over $7 per month on a home with a taxable value of $200,000.
 Enrollment Projections, Brad Henry, Dec. 1, 2016
 October 1 Historical Enrollment, Julianne Repman, Oct. 1, 2016
 Portland State University’s Population Research Center report to Bend-La Schools, Charles Rynerson, November 2014