Crow-Applegate-Lorane School District
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Crow-Applegate-Lorane District Voters Approve $4 Million in Bonds for School Repairs, Renovations

Nov. 9, 2016 -- Voters in the Crow-Applegate-Lorane School District have approved a bond measure requesting $4 million for school repairs and renovations on the November 2016 ballot. The district will double its money thanks to $4 million in state matching grants. The district will proceed with $8 million in safety, accessibility and security improvements; replacement of failing mechanical systems; and a remodel and addition that will establish space for vocational training and a science/technology wing.

“We’re grateful to the support of our community and are excited to move forward,” said Superintendent Aaron Brown. “Voter approval translates directly to safer schools, and the boost from the state will allow us to add space for STEM and vocational programs.”

Residents in the school district will pay an estimated $0.95 per $1,000 of assessed property value. That translates to $237.50/year for a house assessed at $250,000.

In early 2016, the district completed a year-long school facilities planning effort that identified facility needs and prioritized them. In July, it learned that it had qualified for the $4 million from the Oregon School Capital Improvement Matching program (OSCIM).

Crow-Applegate-Lorane School District #66 serves the rural area west and south of the Eugene-Springfield metro area, including the communities of Crow, Applegate and Lorane. Its 270 students attend Applegate Elementary and Crow Middle School/High School. The elementary school was built in 1954 and was originally intended to serve all grades. In 1967 the community built what is now a combined middle/high school.
Full details, including schematics and the 10-Year Master Plan, are available here.

 

 

Crow-Applegate-Lorane School District Will Ask Voters to Consider $4 Million in Bonds for School Repairs, Renovations. If Measure Passes, State Will Match with $4 Million.

The Crow-Applegate-Lorane School Board has approved a resolution to put a bond measure requesting $4 million for school repairs and renovations on the November 2016 ballot. If district voters approve the measure, the district will double its money thanks to $4 million in state matching grants. If voters do not approve the measure, State grant funds will be diverted to another district.

This will allow the district to complete $8 million in safety, accessibility and security improvements; replacement of failing mechanical systems; and a remodel and addition that will establish space for vocational training and a STEM wing.

If voters approve the bond measure, those in the school district would pay $0.95 per $1,000 of assessed property value. That translates to $237.50/year for a house assessed at $250,000.

The School Board made its decision at the Thursday, July 28 Board Meeting. Over the past year, the district has held a series of public sessions and open houses about its facilities planning and has discussed the possibility of a bond measure.

This spring the district completed a year-long school facilities planning effort that identified facility needs and prioritized them. In July, it learned that it had qualified for the $4 million from the Oregon School Capital Improvement Matching program (OSCIM).

Crow-Applegate-Lorane School District #66 serves the rural area west and south of the EugeneSpringfield metro area, including the communities of Crow, Applegate and Lorane. Its 270 students attend Applegate Elementary and Crow Middle School/High School. The elementary school was built in 1954 and was originally intended to serve all grades. In 1967 the community built what is now a combined middle/high school.

Full details, including schematics and the 10-Year Master Plan that was recently approved by the board, are available on the district website at www.cal.k12.or.us.

Crow-Applegate-Lorane Schools Gets Offer of $4 Million in Matching Grants
for School Facilities Improvements;
Board to Consider Bond Measure for Local Match

Crow-Applegate-Lorane School District has the opportunity to receive $4 million in grants from the State of Oregon -- if local taxpayers will put up the first $4 million. On Thursday, the School Board will make a formal decision whether to proceed to the ballot for a $4 million bond issue. If the Board votes ‘yes’, district voters will decide in November whether to issue bonds to fund the first $4 million locally. That local funding is the state’s requirement in order to release the matching $4 million. If the voters do not approve the measure, State grant funds will be diverted to another district.

This spring the district completed a year-long school facilities planning effort, and $8 million will help it make a significant dent in a list of safety, accessibility and security improvements, plus allow for a remodel that will allocate space for vocational training and establish a STEM wing to the high school.

“We will be able to get $8 million of work done at a cost to our local taxpayers of $4 million. It’s a buy one, get one deal,” summarizes Superintendent Aaron Brown.

The School Board meeting is Thursday, July 28 at 7 pm at Applegate Elementary. The topic is unlikely to come as a surprise to the community: The district held a series of public sessions and open houses about its facilities planning and even discussed the possibility of a bond measure.

The resolution that the Board will consider on Thursday specifies the work that would be completed using the $8 million. It includes: replacing major mechanical systems at Applegate Elementary and Crow Middle/High Schools; replacing all exterior doors at both schools; remodeling the entries at both schools to improve security; reconfiguring and remodeling the elementary school to optimize space; and adding vocational facilities and a STEM wing to the middle/high school. Both schools would also receive accessibility improvements. Full details are available on the district website: www.cal.k12.or.us.

“We have about $4 million of safety, security and mechanical systems work that absolutely needs to be done, and that we will eventually need to ask residents for help with regardless of the availability of state funds,” says Brown. “The matching grants will allow us to get it done sooner, to double our money and make some additional improvements that will help the district continue to improve students’ success. It’s an opportunity to really move us forward.”

If the Board approves the resolution, those in the CAL district will vote on whether to approve a ballot measure that would raise $4 million through the issuance of bonds. Local property owners are projected to pay $0.95 per $1,000 of assessed property value. That translates to approximately $237.50/year for a house assessed at $250,000.

The Oregon School Capital Improvement Matching program (OSCIM) grants were authorized in July 2015 through Oregon SB 447 in order to encourage local school districts to make improvements to aging facilities. The program is administered by the Oregon Department of Education, Office of School Facilities. Grants are awarded through a combination of priority based on district economics, or through a lottery. If the Board decides to forego a request for approval to issue bonds, it will lose access to the OSCIM funds in this round.

“We think we have the community support that’s needed to pass a bond,” says Board Chair Jeff Ramp. “In public meetings and during our open houses, response has been good and supportive, even when we’ve been specific about the impact to taxes. We have a long history of support from our community. Residents have always valued education, and we’re grateful for that.”

Crow-Applegate-Lorane School District #66 serves the rural area west and south of the EugeneSpringfield metro area, including the communities of Crow, Applegate and Lorane. Its 270 students attend Applegate Elementary and Crow Middle School/High School. The elementary school was built in 1954 and was originally intended to serve all grades. In 1967 the community built what is now a combined middle/high school.

Full details, including schematics and the 10-Year Master Plan that was recently approved by the board, are available on the district website at www.cal.k12.or.us.

 

 

Update: School Board Approves Master Plan that Includes $8 Million in High Priority Improvements

The School Board has approved a Master Plan for Crow-Applegate-Lorane’s school facilities. The plan will be used to manage the facilities over the course of the next decade and will help inform annual budgeting and long-term planning. It is also an important tool for the district as it applies for facility-related grants and funding.

The highest priorities in the Master Plan represent an estimated $8 million in improvements. The district would need to fund the first $4 million using local bonds. The School Board has not made a final decision to request this funding; it will be considering this in late summer, with a vote possible in November 2016.

The district hopes to fund the second portion of the work with matching grants from the state. This funding approach would deliver $8 million in improvements at a local cost of $4 million. (The cost of issuing $4 million in local bonds would be $.95 per $1,000 assessed value of a property.)

The Master Plan or other details can be obtained by calling the district office or downloading the presentation given to community members at two Open Houses in May. Information boards are also on view at Applegate Elementary and Crow Middle/High School. The Board and Superintendent will hold additional community meetings in the fall.

 

 

CROW-APPLEGATE-LORANE SCHOOL DISTRICT INVITES COMMUNITY TO TOUR BUILDINGS, LEARN ABOUT MASTER PLANNING PROCESS AND FACILITIES NEEDS

As it nears completion of its 10-Year Master Planning, the Crow-Applegate-Lorane (CAL) School Board is inviting the community to attend an Open House to visit and learn about the recommendations for improvements to Applegate Elementary and Crow Middle/High School. The Open Houses will be held twice – on Tuesday, May 10 at 6:00 pm at Crow Middle/High School and Saturday, May 14 at 10:00 am at Applegate Elementary. Pizza will be served at both.

Superintendent Aaron Brown and gLAs Architects will review the Master Planning process and its findings, and then tour the building to see the need and the recommendations in the context of the space. The Tuesday meeting will tour the middle/high school and the Saturday meeting will tour the elementary school.

The district began the planning process approximately one year ago. The goal of the master planning effort is to identify the condition and needs for facilities over the next decade. The process has included engineering and systems reviews, efficiency and standards assessment and discussions with building users, staff and community members.

Facility needs have been prioritized, with student security, safety and building systems efficiency and stability receiving the greatest emphasis. With guidance from the School Board and Superintendent Aaron Brown, gLAs Architects has merged the findings of the reviews, user needs and district priorities.

Public input is invited at any time, including during the Open House. The School Board will hold a public input session at the beginning of its May 19 Board Meeting, at 7pm. The meeting will be held at Applegate Elementary in the board room. Written comments are also welcome, and can be submitted via email to Superintendent Brown at abrown@cal.k12.or.us.

The estimated cost for the highest priority efforts totals approximately $3.2-$4 million which would be funded using bonds, the issuance of which would need to be approved by voters. If the district receives matching funds from the state of Oregon, an additional $3.2 to $4 million would be available for our second priority projects. The School Board will consider the referral of a bond measure to voters later in the year.

For more information about the Master Plan and the recommendations, attend the Open House or visit www.cal.k12.or.us.


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