By Paul Daquilante • Staff Writer • 

Willamina board laying bond plans

While the board has not approved a final figure, members have made it clear they hope to keep it under the $5 million mark if possible.

They must decide on an election date, and either Sept. 17 or Nov. 5 seems most likely.

If Sept. 17 is chosen, the deadline for informing the clerk’s office in Polk and Yamhill counties of the board’s intention is July 18. If Nov. 5 is chosen, the notification deadline is Sept. 5.

The district is currently working to determine the cost per thousand to taxpayers of bonds in various amounts.

The board is eyeing money for:

* Replacement of a pair of old classroom modulars with two new, double-classroom modulars on the Oaken Hills Drive campus, one with a crawlspace and the other with a daylight basement. They should last 20 to 25 years.

* Construction of a 70-by-120-foot steel-frame structure to house an ag and woodworking shop.

* Installation of an Atlas synthetic track, construction of a football stadium and development of baseball and softball fields.

The high school is currently playing football, baseball and softball games on the old school site, which now belongs to Sheridan businessman Dick Paay. The district wants to get new facilities developed on the Oaken Hills campus as soon as possible so as to avoid leasing the Washington Street facilities.

Assisting the district with bond planning is David McKay of the Willamette Education Service District’s Project Solutions Group.

The group has assisted more than 60 school districts with more than 100 projects worth more than $133 million since its creation in 2002. It serves as a project partner.

McKay said every community is different in how they view a bond effort on the part of their school district.

“The way you communicate with your community will be different than other communities. You have to figure out how to communicate.”

McKay endorsed having community members surveyed with an eye toward what projects they will support.

“People vote with their wallets,” he said.

A date for another long range planning meeting was not set, but the board’s next regular meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 12. Bond measure planning may be a discussion topic then.

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