Identified Facilities Projects
A Long-Range Facilities Planning Committee studied and reviewed detailed facilities analysis produced by licensed architects and identified capital projects which totaled $137 million dollars. The committee reduced the initial list of proposed projects to $78 million dollars.
If the bond passes, the tax rate for the proposed $65 million bond would remain at $1.19 per $1,000 of assessed value. If the bond passes, proposed items identified include roofs, structural issues, HVAC systems, electrical systems and windows would be replaced. It also would include dedicated gym space at four elementary schools and sixth graders would move into middle school. Oliver Elementary School would be converted into a second middle school. In addition, the Long-Range Facilities Planning Committee identified safety and security improvements. If the bond does not pass, the tax would not go into effect and the proposed projects would not be completed.
In addition, if the measure is approved, bond dollars would improve cost efficiency and reduce ongoing maintenance costs. Inefficient heating and ventilation systems, water saturated roof insulation and windows would be replaced with efficient heating systems and new insulation.
Safety and Security
If the bond measure passes, projects would include updates in safety and security systems and infrastructures including intercoms, fire alarm systems, and security cameras. In addition, the proposed bond would replace exterior doors that are no longer functional and install physical security monitoring systems throughout the district.
Preparing 6th-8th Grade Students for High School and Beyond
The Centennial School District is the only district in Multnomah County whose sixth grade students are at the elementary schools. Currently Centennial Middle School is at capacity. The proposed bond, if passed, would move the sixth grade classes out of the elementary schools, re-purpose Oliver Elementary School back to a middle school and split sixth, seventh and eighth grade students between two middle schools.
Dedicated Gyms at Four Elementary Schools
Currently, four schools in the district - Meadows, Parklane, Patrick Lynch, and Powell Butte Elementary Schools do not have a dedicated gym space. They have one room that serves as a cafeteria, auditorium and gym for physical education (P.E.) classes. This limits the amount of time students can spend in P.E. The proposed bond, if passed, would build four new gyms.