The state of Oregon is one of the few states that does not provide general funds for capital improvements, but instead relies almost entirely on capital improvement bonds. Knowing that district revenue that is generated from the current school bond will end when the bond expires, the importance of establishing a Bond Advisory Committee was discussed by the Ashland School Board at the Regular Session meeting on July 12, 2017. In order to proceed in exploring a bond resolution, the board voted to establish a Bond Committee. To read the July 12, 2017 Ashland School Board Regular Session meeting minutes surrounding this discussion, CLICK HERE.
Bond Committee Meetings & Information
Bond Committee Objectives
At the first Bond Committee meeting on July 12, 2017, School Board Director Westrick reviewed the objectives of the Committee, which will serve in an advisory capacity to the Board of Education.
The charge for the committee is listed below:
Core Work of the Bond Committee
The Committee is working with architectural firm, ORW, to identify facilities needs and facilitate a community engagement process to identify the issues that are most important to the community of Ashland in supporting the educational needs of its children. That process will involve school and community forums, online engagement tools, and staff, student, parent and community surveys. The Committee will use this information, as well as data collected from the 2016-17 Facilities Committee and district facilities studies to develop a bond proposal to put before the Ashland School Board that will address facilities concerns throughout the district. Community members will have many opportunities to share their opinion as part of the information the Bond Committee will use to develop the bond proposal.
Bond Committee Consideration of Proposed Projects
The focus of the bond process is primarily on addressing on-site facilities within the District. However, the Bond Committee is open to considering facilities projects that are proposed by the community if they provide a direct benefit to Ashland students. To request information regarding the steps necessary to propose a project to be considered by the Bond Committee, either on District property or off-site, contact Co-chairs Sandra Coster and/or Tonya Graham. Proposers must request instructions for developing facilities proposals by January 20th.