Pendleton School District to host community meeting on bond projects tonight

The Pendleton School District will host a community meeting tonight at 7 p.m. in the Pendleton High School Commons to provide an update on impending bond projects, allow the public to meet the bond project contractors, and view preliminary designs and site plans for new buildings.

District staff and other community stakeholders have worked diligently since January with BBT Architects of Bend to design the new Sherwood Heights and Washington elementary schools, which will have similar blueprints, as well as the design for the renovation of the Hawthorne building.

Conceptual building designs and site plans, as well as a preliminary sketch of the new entry for the Hawthorne building, will be available for the public to view during the April 21 community meeting. Those who attend the meeting will also have an opportunity to hear from District officials and representatives from BBT Architects about the progress of bond projects and the design process.

The District and Bond Project Manager Dave Fishel of the Wenaha Group held a neighborhood meeting in the Sherwood area to keep residents near bond project sites up to speed on how construction will impact them, and plans to hold several more neighborhood meetings over the next few years. The District will continue to work with neighborhoods to keep community members informed and solicit feedback throughout the process.

Pendleton voters approved the $57.4 million bond project during the Nov. 5, 2013, General Election. The bond funds will replace Sherwood Heights and Washington elementary schools in their current locations with new buildings, repurpose the Hawthorne building as a kindergarten/early education center (in anticipation of full-day kindergarten in the fall of 2015), turn West Hills Intermediate School into a career-technical education center, repurpose Lincoln Elementary as the District’s central office, and provide upgrades and improvements at each of the other District buildings, including air conditioning at Sunridge Middle School and a new roof at McKay Creek Elementary.

The Hawthorne building will be the first project tackled on the list since full-day kindergarten will be mandated in the 2015-2016 school year, and the PSD currently does not have enough space to house full-day kindergarten classes in existing buildings. Other projects, including the Sherwood Heights and Washington elementary buildings, are projected to be completed by the fall of 2016.