With the passage of the $14 million 17-C School Bond, officials will immediately launch efforts to begin the process of constructing and remodeling facilities at all three Brookings-Harbor schools.
A ton of planning has to happen now, said Gene Peare, maintenance supervisor for the 17-C School District. We have to get into the details, sell the bonds, prepare the bids and design architectural plans.
The bond will pay for new and remodeled classrooms and new facilities such as restrooms, protected walkways, a district-wide kitchen and a new gym and multi-purpose building at Kalmiopsis Elementary School.
School officials said they hope to begin the projects next summer. The work could be finished in time for the start of school September, 2002.
Its a ambitious schedule, but based on what Ive heard from different people, I think its realistic, said District Superintendent Paul Prevenas.
One of the first things the school board will do, Prevenas said, is establish a citizens review and oversight committee at Mondays regular board meeting.
Setting up the committee was suggested by members of the Schools Designed for Learning Committee, which spent 18 months developing the bond and promoting it to the voters.
The oversight committee will help the board review bids and select an architect for the projects, Prevenas said.
Although membership in the committee will be open to the public, Prevenas said several members will be selected from the Schools Designed for Learning Committee.
They did a lot of hard work and deserve to be a part of the oversight committee, he said.
According to the unofficial final election results released Friday by the Curry County Clerk, the 17-C School bond won by 619 votes. The finally tally was 54.69 percent yes, 45.31 percent no.
Larry Anderson, vice chairman of the Schools Designed for Learning Committee, said he was pleased that voters approved the school bond.
The affirmation lets us know they approved of the work we did during the last 18 months, and trust what we came up with, Anderson said.
We appreciate the communitys nod. Now we have to keep that confidence.
Anderson was particularly proud the bond passed since two previous school districts bond had been rejected by a substantial margin.
There was still a large number of people who voted no this time, but it wasnt enough, Anderson said. This is the first building measure approved in Curry County since 1964.
The committee originally presented projects totaling about $21 million to the school board. The board, listening to voters, pared it back to $14 million, including $1 million to be used for heavy maintenance on the school buildings.
The bond will cost property owners $1.09 per $1,000 assessed property value for the next 20 years, or $110 per year for every $100,000.
Prevenas said the voters approval sends a positive message to the students.
It says the community does care about them and that education is important, he said. The kids will be excited to see thing being improved at the schools.
One of the first things school officials thought they were going to have to do was make sure the bonds were issued with 30 days if Measure 93 had passed.
Measure 93 would have required any new taxes to be approved by the same margin of approval of the ballot measure.
We dont have the urgency to do it in 30 days hanging over our heads, but we still want to move ahead quickly, Prevenas said.
The board will next meet with a financial advisor and work with a Portland bond firm to issue the bonds. The board will also initiate the bidding process to pick an architect for the overall project.
The board will also have to decide how and who will manage the project, Prevenas said.
We cant handle a $14 million project in-house, he said. The sequence of the project, what gets done first and so on, will depend on the architect and the project manager.