School Board Extends Appreciation to Community for Election Win!
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Redmond, Ore – Voters in the Redmond School District voiced their support in the May 20 election and approved the $110 million bond package to build a new high school, replace an aging elementary and make needed repairs to schools.
“We are thrilled our community showed such strong support for the future of our students,” said Superintendent Vickie Fleming. “With the passage of the bond, the district will now be able to move forward in addressing overcrowding at the high school and attend to safety and repair issues.”
Fleming extends her appreciation to those who played vital roles in making the passage of the bond possible. The commitment and passion of the 35-member Facilities Task Force, the Community Partnership for Quality Education and its volunteers, as well as our community members who supported the proposal made the election results a reality for the district and its students.
Passage of the $110 million bond referendum will fund:
§ 1,400-student high school ($80 million): Building a new 1400-seat high school on the Canal/Elkhorn site will provide a long-term capacity solution for the rising high school population. In addition, the design of the school would incorporate small learning communities in order to increase student achievement. The Hartman building, which is currently being used to alleviate high school overcrowding, will return to a K-8 or middle school. Estimated Completion Date: September 2011.
§ 600-student replacement elementary school ($20 million): The replacement elementary, site to be determined, will be built to allow the relocation of students attending the 90-year-old Evergreen Elementary to other safe learning environments and will provide an additional 200 seats. Estimated Completion Date: September 2010.
§ Repairs to existing schools ($10 million): Six of our schools are over 40 years old; two are nearing 90. $10 million will be allocated to address health, life safety and other issues by addressing needed repairs to aging schools within the district.
Redmond School District is committed to use the proceeds from the bond wisely and complete the two schools and repairs on time and on budget. During the course of the next three years, the district will issue periodic updates informing the community of building designs, expenditures, timelines, etc. The district will also ensure a collaborative process regarding decisions such as boundary changes is established so that community and staff input can be received.
On behalf of the students and staff who will see immediate and future benefits from tonight’s election results, the district extends its appreciation to its six communities for their support.
It is a great day for Redmond School District students!