Monday, November 25, 2013
By: Jon Peterson, Superintendent, Pendleton School District
On Nov. 5 Pendleton-area voters approved Ballot Measure 30-95, the Pendleton School District bond measure for approximately $50 million. This is wonderful news for our school district and our community.
The main projects include new elementary schools at Sherwood Heights and Washington, replacing the current aging and deteriorating buildings at those sites. We will also remodel and re-purpose the Hawthorne building, creating an early childhood education center for full-day kindergarten and various 3- and 4-year old pre-school programs.
McKay Creek Elementary School, Sunridge Middle School, and Pendleton High School will see improvements as well. Updates that address safety and security, technology upgrades, and energy efficiencies will occur in each of these buildings.
West Hills Intermediate School will be re-purposed to house the high school alternative education program, with a focus on establishing community-based partnerships to ultimately create a career-technical education center at the site. Lincoln Primary School will become the District Education Center, which includes the Central Administrative Office.
I would personally like to recognize the efforts of our political action committee, People for Pendleton Schools. I cannot imagine any group working harder and with more enthusiasm than this group of volunteers. These people are truly advocates for our children and our community – they serve as a reminder of the true definition of Pendleton Pride.
Additionally, there were many community leaders, citizens, business organizations, employees, parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles who supported this measure. This campaign would not have been successful without the support and efforts of so many people.