The Community Bond Development Committee will meet to discuss the school district’s safety and educational needs, as well as help, identify and prioritize capital improvement projects. As a community-driven process, this committee is made up of school staff, parents, and community and business partners.
The group will make recommendations for a May 2023 bond measure to the North Wasco County School Board Board of Directors.
D21 Team Members
Dr. Carolyn Bernal, NWCSD Superintendent
Kara Flath, NWCSD CFO
Jose Aparicio, NWCSD Board of Directors
Doug Rice, NWCSD Facilities
Kurt Evans, NWCSD TDHS Principal
Amy Hampton, NWCSD Student Services Director
Sandra Harris, NWCSD HR Director
Billy Brost, NWCSD Athletic Director
Phil Williams, NWCSD TDHS VP
Stephanie Bowen, NWCSD Communications Director
Ajay Rundell, NWCSD Chenowith Elementary Principal
David Jones, NWCSD Board of Directors
Robbie Denning, Community at Large
Michael Held, Community at Large
Serena Smith, Community at Large
Daniel Spatz, Community at Large
John Grant, Community at Large
Diana Bailey, Community at Large
Linda Skov, Retired Teacher
Debi Ferrer, Retired Teacher
Terry B. Armentrout, Community at Large
Eleanor Lemann, Parent
Michael Springston, Parent
Dana Journey, Parent
William Pielli, Parent
Jared Gosson, Parent
David Ortega, Parent
Rachael Brown, Parent
Marie Mourou, Parent
Matthew Chaisson, Parent
Alan Easling, Parent
Corey Case, Parent
Ryan LeBreton, Parent
Lamont Crichton-Tuanai, Parent
Kristi Timmons, Parent
Anthony W Pereira, Parent
Courtney Judah, Parent
Jennifer Gunter, Parent
Greg Cummings, Parent
Marta Cronin, Columbia Gorge Community College
Rich Mays, Mayor City of The Dalles
Jill Amery, Wasco County Representative
Davina Craig, Education Foundation Representative
Pat Sublette, Columbia Gorge ESD
Lucille Begay , CGESD - Native Americans of The Dalles Community
Silvestre Deras, McClaskey Orchards
Megan Thompson, The Dalles Chamber/Cascade Cherry Growers
Carrie Pippinich, MCEDD
Andrea Flores, Juntos
Rachael Carter, Parks and Recreation Board Member
Scott McKay, MCSS
Melissa Hollister, Union Leadership
Mindy Claussen, Union Leadership
Alec Holser, Opsis Architecture
Steven Nelsen, Opsis Architecture
Liz Manser, Opsis Architecture
Bryce Tolene, Opsis Architecture
What is a school bond?
Will there be independent oversight to ensure bond funds are spent properly?
If passed, how would new schools and updated facilities be maintained?
Would any bond money go to athletics?
When would work begin on the bond projects?
Did the district apply for other sources of funding?
Yes, the district plans on exploring, and applying for, alternate funding options such as the Oregon School Capital Improvement Matching Program.
How does a large construction project affect local jobs and the economy?
Large-scale construction projects similar to those in this bond proposal can have many positive impacts on the local economy. A typical new school construction project will employ hundreds of people during the design and construction phases.
Additional indirect benefits to the economy can come from increased patronage to local restaurants, stores and service providers. School construction projects also provide fee revenue for the city.
How could improving our schools help the community?
How could investing in schools impact me, even if I don't have kids in school?
A community with good schools can positively affect home values, area pride, business attractiveness and help shape the future workforce. Students can go on to be skilled workers and engaged citizens who contribute to the local economy and community in various ways.
School facilities also provide community organizations gathering spaces for sporting activities and various events.