2017 Proposed Bond Information

The North Powder School Board has placed a School Bond Measure on the May 16, 2017 ballot. The purpose of the bond is to make capital improvements at district facilities.

photo: crumbling wall by old pipes

Background/Facilities Review

For several years, the North Powder School District administration and school board have been evaluating district facilities, developing timelines and determining priorities for maintenance and potential replacement of buildings. A full facility review was conducted by Wassenberger and Bensen in 1998 and by Straightline Architecture in 2016-17 to develop a long-term facility plan for the district.

photo: very old heaterWhy?

  • The current High School building is 100 years old and presents serious challenges, including outdated plumbing, electrical and heating systems, old windows and lighting, ADA compliance issues, high collapse potential in a seismic event and more.
  • More space is needed at the Elementary School.
  • A second gym would allow for additional space for P.E., plus more options for sports practices, the ability to host volleyball and basketball tournaments and additional locker rooms.

What projects would the bond fund?

photo: North Powder High School building from outsideIf approved by voters, the bond would fund:

New Middle School/High School

  • 13 classrooms
  • Office Space
  • Support Services/Staff Spaces

photo: North Powder Elementary School building from outsideElementary School Addition

  • 2 classrooms
  • Office Space

New Gym & Locker Rooms

How much is the bond for?

photo: North Powder School District Gym from outside

The bond measure is for $3 million. If the bond measure is approved by voters, the North Powder School District will receive an additional $3 million through a matching grant from the Oregon School Capital Improvement Matching Program. A total of $6 million will be available for district projects.

How much will it cost taxpayers?

The estimated tax rate for the proposed bond is $2.01 per $1,000 of assessed property value. It is estimated that a homeowner who owns a house assessed at $150,000 would pay approximately $301.50 per year. Bonds would mature in a period not to exceed twenty-one years.

North Powder School District Boundary Map

photo: North Powder School District classroom, showing how dated and cramped it is


For more information about the bond measure contact:

Lance Dixon, Superintendent