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Bond Planning

Bond planning was designated as a 2021-2022 Board goal at our November 2021 board meeting.  We are currently in the preliminary phases of the planning and preparation phase to prepare our district for a bond measure in 2023.

Meet our Community Bond Development Committee members

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


Parent/Community Representatives  

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


Student Representatives  

Sophia Lewis

Oscar Torres


Community Partners  

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


Design Team  

Alec Holser, Opsis Architecture

Steven Nelsen, Opsis Architecture

Liz Manser, Opsis Architecture

Bryce Tolene, Opsis Architecture




Bond Basics

A bond issue is used by a public school district to finance school facility projects or other capital projects. Measures are placed on the ballot along with information about the specific projects that would be completed by the district if approved by the voting public.
Yes. An independent citizen Bond Oversight Committee would be established to oversee the use of bond funds if the bond passes in addition to regular, independent audits.
The district has a facilities maintenance plan that provides guidelines and maintenance schedules for our schools. Our district maintenance team has a strong track record in keeping buildings in working order to serve the needs of our students.
Indirectly, yes, bond money could potentially be used for athletics such as new fields, and sporting areas on a new High School campus.
If the bond is passed, work would begin as soon as possible. Time frames for building construction and projects would depend on factors such as supply chain conditions and contractor availability. State requirements compel school districts to complete projects within three years of a bond measure being passed. 


Funding Questions

Yes, the district plans on exploring, and applying for, alternate funding options such as the Oregon School Capital Improvement Matching Program.


Community Impact

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.

Communities with good schools can impact home values, encourage people to stay and invest in the local area, and can supply the local economy with better skilled workers and professionals. Additionally, good schools can improve community pride, connections, and a sense of belonging. 

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.  



Past Planning and Assessment Documents


Meeting Recordings


Bond Planning Community Meeting Materials/Updates

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