Bond Measure 7-61
On May 21, Crook County residents will vote on a school bond measure designed to support and protect education in Crook County. If passed by local voters, the proposed bond would provide:
1) A New Elementary School
Crooked River Elementary, built in 1934, is nearly 80 years old. It is the oldest school building in Prineville, followed by 68-year-old Ochoco Elementary, built in 1945. Both buildings require major upgrades to keep them functioning for future use. To modernize these buildings would cost nearly as much as replacing them. If the school bond is passed by voters in May, the District will build a new elementary school to replace these two buildings.
The proposed elementary school is a larger, more efficient building with the feel of a smaller school setting. See the new elementary planning diagram.
2) Preserving the Community’s Investment in Existing Buildings
Over half of the Crook County School District buildings are more than 50 years old and in need of significant updates to maintain and preserve them for future use. Funding from the bond would allow the District to replace leaking roofs and windows as well as upgrade heating, ventilation, electrical, and plumbing systems. The bond would also allow the District to make energy saving improvements to many of its schools and facilities.
3) Safety Improvements
School bond funds would allow the District to make health, accessibility and life safety upgrades to all of the existing buildings. These upgrades would include security systems, electrical wiring, intercoms, ADA accessibility, playground safety and other improvements.
How were the District’s facilities needs determined and prioritized?
In February of this year, a group of community members came together with school district administrators to review and evaluate all of the district’s facilities, ground and properties. This Facilities Review & Recommendation Committee has made recommendations for a 15-year plan for maintenance, facility upgrades, facility replacement, property acquisition and/or new facilities for the district. See the results of the 2012 Facilities Condition Assessment.
How much would the school bond cost?
The School Bond totals $33.5 million. The goal is to keep the bond to a level more or less equal to the current property tax rate of $1.03 per $1,000 of assessed property value. See the proposed use of bond proceeds.
What happens next?
Over the next several months, our district will be providing you with updates to keep you informed about the proposed bond and how it could affect the district and local community members. Download the March 2013 bond presentation (PDF) for detailed information. Our goal is to provide you with facts that will help you make an informed decision when you vote in May.
If you have questions, please contact Superintendent Duane Yecha at 541-447-5664.