Bond Projects Page
Enterprise School District – 2020 Bond Projects
Thanks, Enterprise voters!
In November 2020, the Enterprise community passed a $4 million general obligation bond to repair and update District facilities, improve accessibility, improve safety and security, and modernize the science classrooms and junior high locker rooms. The District also received a $4 million state grant from the Oregon School Capital Improvement Matching Program, bringing the project total to $8 million.
Bond Contact Information
Project Manager: Wenaha Group
Bond Oversight Committee
The District will convene a Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee to monitor the progress of the bond. The committee will meet quarterly and report back to the School Board on a regular basis as a measure of accountability. The first meeting will tentatively be in late March 2021. If you are interested in serving on the Bond Oversight Committee, please contact Superintendent Pinkerton.
Bond Project Scope
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
- 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
November 5, 2020
December 2, 2020
Wenaha Group, Pendleton, OR
January 13, 2021
February 11, 2021
Enterprise school bond, Joseph marijuana, both pass; Move Oregon's Border fails, Wallowa County Chieftain, November 3, 2020
Enterprise puts $4M school bond on Nov. ballot, Wallowa County Chieftain, July 7, 2020
Enterprise school board begins planning bond measure, Wallowa County Chieftain, June 9, 2020
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:
- Stormwater management
- Facilities upgrades and repairs
- Safety and security
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 for the November 2020 ballot.
The District has received 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 has $8 million to spend on identified projects.
What does the bond cost taxpayers?
Property owners will 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 will drop to $0.54 per $1,000 for the final five years (about $108 per year for a home assessed at $200,000).
Could the District’s regular maintenance budget have addressed the bond projects?
The cost of the 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 is about $1.4 million.
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 in the bond?
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 are cameras and safety projects included in the bond?
The schools in Enterprise have multiple doors into the buildings. Security cameras, door sensors, and keycard access will be added to the exterior doors of all schools, giving staff the ability to monitor and control building access from the main offices. Vestibules will 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 will allow staff to monitor who comes and goes within the schools.