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Enterprise School Proposed Bond 2020 Introduction

Enterprise School District has referred a $4 million school bond measure to voters in the November election. If the proposed bond is approved, the district would also receive a $4 million matching grant from the Oregon School Capital Improvement Matching Program (OSCIM), providing a total of $8 million to use for bond projects.

   $4 million from taxpayers   + $4 million from matching grant    = $8 million for bond projects

 

If the bond measure does not pass, the district would not receive the matching grant funds.

 

If the bond measure passes, funds would be used to:

Repair and update district facilities

  • Replace membrane roof
  • Address stormwater runoff
  • Install hydronic water piping to serve new HVAC distribution system (continue to utilize the district’s biomass central plant built in 2008)
  • Abate asbestos
  • Install energy efficient windows
  • Remove and replace damaged sidewalks
  • Remove and replace damaged asphalt

Improve accessibility

  • Install a ramp in the junior high and a lift from the gym foyer to the gym floor level
  • Install elevators in the junior high and senior high
  • Remodel restrooms to ADA standards

Improve safety and security

  • Provide secure entry vestibules in the junior high and senior high
  • Install a key card system to
  • control access to buildings
  • Add security cameras
  • Add sensors on key doors

Modernize student spaces

  • Remodel and update science classrooms
  • Remodel the junior high locker rooms

What would the proposed bond cost if it is approved?

  • $4 million proposed bond
  • Would be repaid over a 15-year period, with the tax rate decreasing after 10 years.
  • Property owners would pay approximately $1.08 per $1,000 of assessed property value during the first 10 years (about $216 per year for a home assessed at $200,000). The tax rate would drop to $0.54 per $1,000 for the final five years (about $108 per year for a home assessed at $200,000).
  • If the bond does not pass, the tax rate would not increase, and the projects outlined in this proposal would not be completed.

Proposed Bond Projects Would Include:

 

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The proposed bond, if approved, would provide funds to remove and replace damaged sidewalks.

 

 

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The flat roof membrane on the district’s buildings is deteriorating and has exceeded its 20-year lifespan.

 

 

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Stormwater runoff throughout the campus is undermining building foundations, causing damage, and would be redirected away from the buildings if the proposed bond passes.

 

 

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Science classrooms at the high school and junior high would be remodeled and updated if the proposed bond passes.

 

 

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The proposed bond includes a lift from the gym foyer to gym floor level, a ramp in the junior high, and elevators in the junior and senior high schools to improve access for students and community.

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Frequently Asked Questions

 

 Why was a bond referred to the voters?

A 16-member Long-Range Facilities Planning Committee, made up of citizens and staff, spent six months between September 2019 and February 2020 reviewing and assessing the District’s facilities. The committee identified projects in the following areas:

  • Roof
  • Stormwater management
  • Facilities upgrades and repairs
  • Safety and security
  • Accessibility

The committee originally recommended a $6 million bond measure. However, because of the potential economic impact of the coronavirus on the community, the School Board decided to submit a smaller bond request of $4 million.

If the measure is approved, the District could receive an additional $4 million matching grant from the Oregon School Capital Improvement (OSCIM) program to help pay for bond projects. With this grant money, the District would have $8 million to spend on identified facilities if the bond measure is approved.

Could the District use the $4 million matching grant at a later time?

No, the OSCIM grant would be awarded for a specific election. If the bond does not pass, the District would not receive the matching grant funds. The District could reapply for the grant in a competitive process for a future election but may or not receive it.

What would the proposed bond cost if it is approved?

If the bond is approved, property owners would pay approximately $1.08 per $1,000 of assessed property value during the first 10 years (about $216 per year for a home assessed at $200,000). The tax rate would drop to $0.54 per $1,000 for the final five years (about $108 per year for a home assessed at $200,000). If the bond does not pass, the tax rate would not increase, and the projects outlined in this proposal would not be completed.

Could the District’s regular maintenance budget address the proposed projects?

The cost of the proposed roof replacement alone exceeds the District’s annual budget for repairs and maintenance. The District budgets about $40,000 per year for repairs and maintenance. The cost of replacing the roof would be about $1.4 million.  The proposed measure, if it passes, would provide funds to complete the proposed projects.

Did the School Board consider building a new school?

Yes, but after comparing the cost of upgrading current facilities versus new construction, the Board decided to propose changes to the current school buildings. The estimated cost to replace the current buildings with the same square footage built to current code would be approximately $50 million, not including demolition or cost of new land. Labor costs, commercial-quality materials and code requirements are very different for public facilities versus residential or private construction. With public buildings, the state-required prevailing wage adds to the labor costs. For example, the standard rate for a carpenter in Wallowa County is currently $31.96 per hour, but on prevailing wage projects the rate would be $44.83 per hour.

Why are accessibility projects proposed?

The junior high school was built in 1918, the primary school in 1950, and the high school in 1960, before the Americans with Disabilities Act. Because of the campus’ hillside location, the District’s buildings have multiple stories and many stairs. At one point, some staircases were covered with ramps, but those ramps are steep. Some restrooms are small and do not meet accessibility standards. Accessibility is a consideration for students and also for community members who want to attend basketball games and other school events but cannot climb the stairs to enter the gymnasium.

Why were cameras and safety projects included in the proposed bond measure?

The schools in Enterprise have multiple doors into the buildings. If the bond passes, security cameras, door sensors, and keycard access would be added to the exterior doors of all schools, giving staff the ability to monitor and control building access from the main offices. Vestibules would be added to the entries at the junior high and high school, creating a secure checkpoint where visitors would sign in before gaining access to the rest of the buildings. These steps would allow staff to monitor who comes and goes within the schools.

How would oversight of bond funds be provided?

If the bond is approved, the District would convene a Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee to monitor the progress of the bond. The committee  would report back to the School Board on a regular basis as a measure of accountability.

 

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