Bond Project Updates

Construction in Full Swing Throughout District

Article Date: Mar 22, 2019

Construction projects throughout Bend-La Pine Schools are in full swing this spring thanks to the 2017 bond passed overwhelmingly by voters.

North Star Elementary School

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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.

Update:Construction is progressing well, with cabinetry installation, drywall and painting taking place. The construction is on pace for teachers and staff to begin occupying the space in August.

The school will host an information welcome session for North Star families on April 18 at 5:30 p.m. at Sky View Middle School. Community members are invited to attend the ribbon cutting for the new school this summer.


New High School

About this project: The new high school in southeast Bend will be a two-story school which will include approximately 59 classrooms, including several Career and Technical 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.

Update: Bids are due in early April for road improvements and infrastructure to support the new high school, which will be located at the corner of Knott and SE 15th Street in Bend. The improvements will include constructing a roundabout at Knott and SE 15th Street, creating a collector road connecting Brosterhous 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 the bidding process is complete and a general contractor is selected in June.

“We are very excited to move from the planning phase of the new high school to the construction phase,” said Brad Henry, Chief Financial Officer for Bend-La Pine Schools. “Nationwide, costs of construction in the industry have been increasing in recent months, however we are confident we will receive very competitive bids in June.”

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.

Update: The two new Career and Technical education classrooms are open and currently in use by students at Marshall, expanding the content options available to students. The new gym is slated to be completed later this spring.

Pilot Butte Middle School

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.

Update: Phase 1 is complete, which included a secure lobby, modernization of science classrooms and the cafeteria, improvements to music classrooms and more. Phase 2, which includes modernizing Buildings B and D is underway with the goal of completion by fall of 2019.

See before and after photos

Secure lobbies

About this project: Secure lobbies will be installed in our schools and slated to be complete by the start of 2020.

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 is 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 this spring.

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.

Bend Senior High School

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.

Update: Master planning for this project is underway and a public meeting was held in February to review options. 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.

Elk Meadow Elementary School

About this project: Elk Meadow will receive a new energy efficient boiler and lighting, a modernized stage, ceiling fans in classrooms, a secure lobby, technology updates and more.

Updates: The project is in design now with construction expected to start this summer.

Juniper Elementary School

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.

Updates: An architect has been selected.


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 and Pilot Butte Middle School this summer.

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


In May of 2017, voters passed a $268 million bond to build two new schools and fund more than 150 classroom additions, safety, maintenance and preservation, safety and technology projects throughout our schools.

“These bond projects are alleviating overcrowding in our schools, increasing safety and access to technology for students and preserving the lifespan of our schools. These projects help protect the investment our community has made in our schools — while also sustaining construction jobs throughout the region,” said Henry. “To date, we are under budget for the bond as a whole. This project savings, combined with interest earnings and bond premiums will help fund any project overages should they arise on future projects.”

To date, approximately 40 percent of projects are underway or have been completed.

Community members can find updates about specific bond projects on our Construction Bond webpage.