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, the 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.
Construction projects to be funded by this bond, if passed, would include work at all school buildings. Proposed projects include replacing roofs, exterior doors, and windows, repairing foundations, and upgrading heating, ventilation, and plumbing systems. Eight roofs have outlived their useful life, they are waterlogged and leaking. Eight schools have boiler systems that have also outlived their expected lifespan.
In addition, if the bond passes, bond dollars would be used to 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.
Additional Middle School
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 Gym Space
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.
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.
How were the proposed projects identified?
A Long-Range Facilities Planning Committee studied and reviewed detailed facilities analysis produced by licensed architects. Capital projects totaled $137 million dollars. The committee reduced the initial list to $78 million dollars.
Proposed Oversight Committee
If voters approve the bond on May 19th, the Centennial School Board would appoint a community-based oversight committee to review fiscal and facility decisions as well as expenditures.