What's Happening Now
November 30: Deadline to Submit Application for Design Advisory Committees
These committees will serve as advisors to the design professionals and will continue at least through the life of the project at their respective school.
November 19: Design Guidance Community Meeting
All stakeholders will have an opportunity to provide input at this meeting. Scheduled for November 19, 6:30 – 8:00 pm, this will be a listening and learning opportunity for anyone who is interested in providing input on the four design guidance team topic areas. The meeting will be held at Lincoln Elementary School in the gym. Translation and childcare will be provided.
November 5, 2018: Garfield, Hoover, & Lincoln Design Advisory Committees
Site-based committees for these schools will be announced and meetings with the architects will begin soon after. These committees will serve as advisors to the design professionals and will continue at least through the life of the project at their respective school.
October 24, 2018: Design Guidance Team
These advisory groups will assist in the development of district-wide design standards for bond projects. Topic areas for the teams are Health & Wellness, Operations, Safety, and Teaching & Learning. Meeting dates are October 24, 6-9 pm, November 7, 5:30 – 9:30 pm, and November 28, 6-9 pm at the Western View Center. Meetings are open to the public.
October 22, 2018: Bond Oversight Committee
The Bond Oversight Committee was convened in October for their first quarterly meeting. The primary role of the committee is to ensure transparency and accountability and careful management of taxpayer dollars.
October 15, 2018: Seismic Design & Permitting
Bond program managers are currently working on design and permitting for seismic projects to be completed Adams, Jefferson, and Wilson Elementary schools this summer.
About the Bond
The 2018 Bond Program will help us continue to provide an equitable learning environment for all students in all schools. Bond projects will inspire students to achieve their educational goals, while continuing to provide excellent stewardship of taxpayer resources.
Wenaha Group was selected to manage the district’s bond program. The bond program will include a number of phases including:
- conceptual planning (preliminary work conducted by staff)
- design development (stakeholder engagement during this phase)
- bidding and contract awards
All aspects of the bond program will be aligned with the work of the district Innovation Team and the Core Values for Educational Design. The 2018 Facilities Bond Program Management Plan provides the strategies and procedures that will be implemented by the district to successfully execute the bond program. This plan establishes an organizational framework, roles and responsibilities of key participants, decision making protocols, cost management strategies, and reporting requirements.
Bond Oversight Committee
This is an advisory committee to the superintendent, the purpose of which is to ensure bond revenues are used only for the purposes consistent with the voter-approved 2018 bond measure and consistent with state law.
Q. What type of design standards are being developed?
Nearly 80 individuals representing staff, parent/guardians, and community members participated in the district’s Design Guidance Teams. Teams are divided into four topic areas, including Health & Wellness, Operations, Teaching & Learning, and Safety. District leaders and architects facilitated the discussions in these four areas to prioritize recommendations for district-wide standards that will then be shared with technical teams. View the Design Advisory Team charter HERE.
Q. When will projects begin? Will they disrupt school operations?
Some small projects began in the summer of 2018. Most construction projects will begin in the summer of 2019. New school construction can take up to 24 months, depending on the extent of the construction. Students will remain in their current school while a replacement school is built on another part of the current school property. You can view the project schedule HERE.
Q. What will the Bond Oversight Committee do?
This committee consists of volunteers who will actively review and report on the proper expenditure of taxpayers’ money for school construction and advise the public as to whether the school district is complying with the ballot measure language. The committee was selected through an application process and is advisory to the superintendent. Visit the Bond Oversight Committee page for more information.
Q. What are the health implications for synthetic turf sports fields that include the use of crumb rubber?
The currently available research on the health effects of artificial turf does not suggest that it presents a significant public health risk. Crumb rubber is the most commonly used infill for synthetic sports fields and most school districts have transitioned to synthetic sports fields from grass fields. Crescent Valley is the only high school in our athletic league with a grass field. As part of the bond program, the CHS turf is being replaced in July 2018 and the CV grass field is scheduled to be replaced with synthetic turf. Crumb rubber is a durable and low-cost material that provides shock absorption, traction, and foot stability. It also extends the life of synthetic turf systems. Synthetic turf offers a positive net health impact because of the reduced risk of impact injuries.
Student and staff health and safety is a significant consideration in our sports facilities projects. We will continue to monitor the outcome of a soon to be published EPA study and will follow recommendations from health officials.
Q. How will the school bond impact our schools?
Every school building in the district will be impacted by the bond. Projects include safety and security upgrades, replacement of roofs and plumbing, heating and cooling upgrades, and energy efficient lighting. School improvements would create enhanced STEM And CTE classrooms and dedicated classrooms in elementary schools for art/science instruction, music, and collaborative work areas for small group instruction.
Q. Who decided on the bond projects included in this measure?
A Long Range Facilities Planning Committee comprised of community members and school district staff developed a comprehensive facilities plan with public input from an additional 300 parents, staff, and community members. The recommended plan included projects totaling $211 million. The superintendent recommended a modified version of the plan totaling $206 million to the Corvallis School Board. The Corvallis School Board prioritized and further reduced the the number of projects in the bond measure to place a $199,916,925 bond measure on the ballot. Projects are planned for all district schools with details available HERE.
Q. Why are some school building being renovated rather than replaced?
The decision to fully renovate or completely replace an older building depends on the school building’s construction and condition, educational adequacy, site feasibility, and the scope of the work to be completed. Lincoln and Hoover Elementary Schools would require capital repairs that are more than 70% of the cost to replace with a new school building.
School staff and families will be involved in planning for new school buildings and major renovations of existing schools to help preserve the unique aspects of each school and its integration into the surrounding community.
Q. How can I find out what projects will take place at each school?
School by school lists are located on the Bond Projects Listed by School page.
Q. Do bond projects address potential growth in school enrollment?
Yes. The bond projects will increase capacity that can accommodate projected growth in school enrollment.
Q. Will this bond raise my property taxes?
The bonds approved by voters in November 2002 will fully expire in 2019; the average levy rate of those bonds has been $1.64 per $1,000 of assessed value. This bond measure will result in an estimated combined levy rate of $1.98 per $1,000 of assessed value, or an increase of $0.34 per $1,000 of assessed value when compared to the average levy rate of the last bond.
Q. Will these projects impact/remove school gardens?
School gardens are an important component of outdoor learning opportunities for students. If required by construction projects, school gardens will be relocated on the school site.
Q. Will this bond lower class sizes?
No. Capital construction bonds cannot pay for operational expenses like staffing. Hiring additional teachers would be required to lower class size. It would reduce school crowding by providing additional classroom and collaborative learning spaces in most schools in the district. You can learn more about the school district budget and how funds are used on the Finance Department page.
Q. Will there be school boundary changes?
The Corvallis School Board may review school boundaries at any time.