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$50-million Pendleton School District Bond Passes

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PENDLETON, OR - A bond that will raise $50-million for the Pendleton School District over the next 20-25 years passed after Tuesday's general election with 64.45% majority of votes.

The new bond will continue to cost tax payers $2.30 per $1,000 assessed property value, which will allow the District to move forward with their Master Facilities Plan.

The plan includes:

- Renovation of the Hawthorne building to become an Early Childhood/Kindergarten Center

- Rebuilding of both Washington and Sherwood Heights elementary schools

- Turning the Lincoln Primary School building into the District Office

- Renovation of the West Hills Intermediate building to become a Career-Technical Education Center for alternative and high school students

- Completion of deferred maintenance and updates at other buildings in the District (including a new HVAC system at Sunridge Middle School)


The District will now start the process of selecting and hiring a construction project management firm, and expects to make a recommendation to the School Board next month.

According to District officials, the first priority of the Master Facilities Plan is the renovation of the Hawthorne building because it must be completed prior to the implementation of full-day kindergarten in 2015 as mandated by the Governor.

If you'd like to learn more about the bond, click here.