Computer rendering of DDHS Futures Career Center

November 2022 Bond Measure

Voters in the David Douglas School District have an opportunity this November to approve a $140 million bond measure that would make improvements at schools across the District, as well as build a new Future Careers Center at David Douglas High School.

Projects totalling nearly $95 million are planned at every school in the District and focus on safety and security, needed upgrades to air, plumbing and electrical systems, as well as repairs to roofs, siding, windows and other areas with structural wear or damage.

A new Future Careers Center at DDHS would provide a state-of-the-art facility for science, technology, engineering and other vocations of the future, as well as industrial arts careers of the present. If voters approve the bond, about $46 million would go toward construction of the new center on the high school campus.

Passage of the bond would also trigger a grant from the State of Oregon providing an additional $8 million in funding of the bond projects.

View of the current vestibules entry at Cherry Park Elementary, from inside the hallway.
Secure entryway vestibule at Cherry Park Elementary

A particular goal of the bond would be the construction of secure entry way vestibules in every school that does not already have one. Some of our schools, such as Cherry Park and Gilbert Park, currently have secured entrances that require visitors to be buzzed in twice by office staff before gaining access to the building itself. But most of our schools do not have these entries.

If voters approve the bond, these secure vestibules will be built at DDHS, Fir Ridge Campus, all three middle schools, and Earl Boyles, Menlo Park, Gilbert Heights, Ventura Park and West Powellhurst elementary schools.

The North Powellhurst building on SE 135th Ave. would also receive a secured entry vestibule, and some of its rooms remodeled and renovated for an expanded preschool program.

Another safety and security feature in the proposed bond are new intercom and alarm systems at schools where upgrades are needed.

Several of our school buildings will also have areas remodeled in order to provide space for specialists who have been added over the last few years helping students and families in areas like restorative practices, mental health and behavioral supports.

Here is a complete, detailed listing of all the projects planned if the bond measure passes on Tuesday, Nov. 8.

Featured Image: Artist rendering of Future Careers Center at David Douglas High School