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2019 Oakridge Bond Proposal

2019 Oakridge Bond Proposal

On the November 5th, 2019 ballot, Oakridge Public Schools is proposing a 1.24 mill increase generating $16,115,000 to address facility needs.

Impact to Homeowners

Homeowners will see a tax increase depending on the taxable value of their home.   The majority of homes in the Oakridge community fall in the $20,000-$40,000 taxable value range, meaning the average impact to a majority of homeowners would be approximately $25 and $50 per year or $2 – $4 per month.



Scope of Bond

South Carr Building

  • Replace windows with egress capable, energy efficient, and larger windows
  • Replace identified sections of roofing
  • Replace boiler, piping, and classroom heating units


Lower Elementary

  • Add six classrooms
  • Add elementary gymnasium
  • Add space for small group student services like speech, social work, and special education
  • Replace identified sections of roofing

OLE floor plan

Upper Elementary

  • Add two classrooms
  • Renovate two locker rooms into two classrooms
  • Renovate old ‘band/shop room’ into a media center allowing the existing library to become a classroom
  • Renovate spaces between locker rooms and new media center into spaces for small group services like speech, social work, and/or intervention
  • Replace identified sections of roofing
  • Replace identified classroom heating unit ventilators

OUE floor plan

Middle/High School campus

  • Add four classrooms between the buildings
  • Add an auxiliary gym to the High School
  • Renovate four student restrooms
  • Renovate auditorium’s stage area including ADA accessibility and electrical/lighting systems 
  • Replace identified sections of roofing
  • Replace identified heating unit ventilators

HS floor plan



Frequently Asked Questions


Q.  Who developed the scope of this bond proposal?

A.  The scope of this bond was developed by staff and community members attending 22 different focus groups and considering over 500 respondents to surveys.

Q.  Why does Oakridge need a Bond Proposal?

A.  Our community is growing causing our student enrollment to increase.  District facilities are at capacity. This fall, the Tia M. Peterson Library will be turned into a classroom at Oakridge Lower Elementary.  Kids will check out books from shelves in the hallway. A cubicle will be placed in the hallway and closets will be claimed to provide office space for support staff.  Space constraints will also cause a K-6 special education program to be relocated to a lightly renovated locker room at the Upper Elementary. Meanwhile middle and high school athletes will continue to have practice sessions until 9:30 p.m. or later due to lack of gym space.  Many classroom heating units need replacement, roof sections are at the end of their useful lifespan, and our auditorium stage area is not handicap-accessible with poor lighting.

Q.  Will local workers be used to construct or renovate the projects?

A.  Qualified local contractors will be encouraged to bid on the projects.  Lowest qualified bidders will be selected. Local contractors may also have opportunities to partner with larger firms that routinely bid on large scale, commercial projects.  We routinely use local contractors in day to day operations of facilities management.