How Did We Get Here?

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

In 2020 the District convened a committee of community members, staff, students, Board members and paid consultants to develop a Long Range Facility Plan. The goal was to identify and prioritize all the facility needs of the District and our students in the coming years and decades.

Once that plan was complete, the School Board brought together another community committee to take the most immediate needs identified in the plan and pull them together into a potential bond measure package. 

Early this year, following the committee’s recommendations, the School Board voted to place a $152 million dollar measure on the May, 2022 ballot. However, worldwide economic conditions changed dramatically in the Spring, and the Board soon realized that the District would no longer be able to build all the projects promised in the bond for the cost proposed. The new estimate of the total cost for proposed bond projects had risen from $152 million to $195 million.

Photo of Fir Ridge Graduate on stage shaking principal Straw's hand
2022 Fir Ridge Graduation

The bond measure was pulled back, the bond committee reconvened, the community was polled, and the projects were refined even further to lower the costs and ensure that everything the new bond package promised could be delivered.

With a new plan in place, the Board voted in July to place the now $140 million bond measure package on the Nov. 8, 2022 election ballot.