Sherwood School Bond Information
(See the most recent postings in the Updates section below.)
BOND BALLOT MEASURE #34-254
View the Informational Flier here.
Download and view renderings of a possible design for a new high school here.
View the Ballot Measure 34-254 Explanatory Statement here.
View information regarding the Oregon School Capital
Improvement Matching (OSCIM) grant here.
An option being considered to resolve the capacity issues in the District that we have been researching, analyzing, and discussing is the potential for a capital bond measure to be a part of the November 2016 ballot. While no decision has yet been made by the Board as to whether or not to go out for a bond this fall, it has become a focus area of our work sessions and community outreach in recent weeks, so that if the District moves forward with a bond, we will be informed regarding the complexities and timelines that would be involved between now and election day.
Bond Steering Committee
Sherwood School District has enlisted the support of Ms. Karina Ruiz of Dull Olson Weekes-IBI Group Architects, Inc., and Mr. Rick Rainone of Cornerstone Management, Inc. These two experts, in the fields of facilities planning and bond processes, respectively, are helping to lead the District through exploration of what a bond could mean for Sherwood Schools and how to engage our stakeholders in the process as much as possible. It is important to us that we partner with our community, staff and parents, as the dilemma we find ourselves in affects our shared, most valued interest - the students we serve.
As one of the first steps in bond planning, we needed to convene representatives throughout the District in a steering committee that would provide in-depth analysis of data, provide a voice for the needs of all buildings, incorporate the input gathered from stakeholders, and design appropriate documents and presentations that would illustrate the needs of the District to the Board and all of the staff and community we serve.
The members of our 11-member Bond Steering Committee include: a principal from each level (elementary, middle, high); directors from multiple departments including Technology, Support Services, Teaching & Learning; the Superintendent; two Board members; and consultants Ruiz and Rainone.
The first series of meetings for the Steering Committee were held from February 16-March 1. They evaluated each building in detail to determine the features - structural and programmatic - that each needs to reach the standards of excellence we hope to reach District-wide.
As of March 1, the Bond Steering Committee created a subcommittee to collect additional data/research in order to inform the next phase of inquiry that will be brought before the Bond Steering Committee. Stay tuned for more information to come!
Bond Visioning Committee
It has been understood from the start of conversations related to capacity and a potential bond, that we will need specific, purposeful input from decisions. On February 11, 2016, Sherwood School District broadly reached out to its stakeholders in a call to action. Using all our resources, including email subscriber lists, parent listservs, phone contacts, and our web site, we sought to find any and all community, staff and parent participants that would be willing to be part of a Bond Visioning Committee. Dozens of attendees came together to support the work, from City Council and Sherwood Police representatives, to School Board members, parents of students, and employees of the District. The committee, which convened during three evenings, on February 16, 22, and 29, collaborated in smaller groups with the objective of developing the guiding principles for a potential bond, and to align the goals within the Strategic Plan to the District’s facilities. A recap of each of the Bond Visioning Committee meetings can be found below:stakeholders including staff, administrators, and community partners in order to make the best
April 1, 2016 The Bond Steering Committee reconvened on March 29 to learn what its subcommittee had developed related to preliminary cost estimates for three potential scenarios that the bond could fund. The Board of Directors received the new information and a report on what the three scenarios would entail at its Work Session on the evening of March 29, 2016. View the PowerPoint from 3/29 Work Session Here
The following describes the basic elements of each scenario being considered:
April 5, 2016 The Board of Directors conducted a Special Work Session on April 5, 2016, where they received bond funding options from Brendan Watkins of Piper Jaffray. The Board determined they would like to see the results of a couple different structures so they can view the impacts on levy rates over time and requested Piper Jaffray to revise and return with the new information at their next Special Work Session, April 18, 2016. View the Presentation from 4/5 Work Session Here
April 13, 2016 At its regular monthly Board meeting on Wednesday, April 13, the Board of Directors received a brief overview of the results of a recent "pulse" poll conducted by Moore Information, Inc., as requested by the Board earlier in the year. Late February 2016, Moore Information arranged a live interview poll with Sherwood residents to assist the Board in understanding what funding priorities voters would identify as important to them for Sherwood Schools. View the Presentation from 4/13 Board Meeting Here
April 18, 2016 The Board met in a Special Work Session on Monday, April 18, 2016, immediately following the Budget Committee meeting, at the Community Room of The Ridges campus. Board members received a presentation on the demographic study findings completed by Davis Demographics. As requested by the Board at the April 5 Work Session, Piper Jaffray representatives attended the meeting to discuss alternative bond refinancing structures for Scenario C (the third of three proposed project scenarios being considered by the Board). View the Presentation from 4/18 Work Session Here
May 2, 2016 On Monday, May 2, the District held a public Bond Community Forum at Archer Glen Elementary, from 5:30-8:00pm, to present in detail the three project scenarios (A, B and C described above) and related financing structures for each to our stakeholders.
There were 72 attendees that represented Sherwood parents, District staff, Board members, administrators, local business owners, City leaders, and community members. The evening began with a welcome by Board Chair Jessica Adamson, followed by an introduction to the evening's forum by Superintendent Heather Cordie.
Karina Ruiz of Dull Olson Weekes-IBI Group Architects shared the guiding principles developed by the earlier work of the Bond Visioning Committee. The three project scenarios were presented by Principal Ken Bell (Sherwood High School), Principal Jeremiah Patterson (Middleton Elementary), and Assistant Superintendent Gary Bennett.
Meeting participants engaged administrators with questions related to each of the scenarios. Finally, attendees convened in eight smaller groups to discuss - and later share with the larger group - their thoughts about each of the three scenarios being considered by the Board. The District's leaders and Board of Directors will carefully consider the questions asked and the feedback provided by all of those that participated in the Bond Community Forum. Thank you to those that committed the time to be part of this very important step in the bond process. View the Presentation for 5/2 Bond Community Forum Here
May 25, 2016 On May 25, the Board met in a work session to learn from Moore Information, Inc., the findings of the second, most recent poll of Sherwood voters. The poll was conducted to learn from the community what priority voters placed on project categories proposed to be included with a potential bond. Additionally discussed at the meeting, was the potential for Sherwood School District to receive some matching funds from the State of Oregon through its Oregon School Capital Improvement Matching (OSCIM) program. While not guaranteed to be selected for the funding, if the District is selected, funding could be received to match up to approximately $4.6 million. The District is applying for the program's opportunity for fund-matching in July.
June 8, 2016 During the last regular Board meeting of the 2015-16 school year, the Board of Directors unanimously (5-0) voted to approve a bond measure for the November 2016 ballot. The District will proceed with next steps required to file within the required timelines.
July 6, 2016 On July 6 we learned from the Oregon Department of Revenue (ODE) that we are one of the districts selected to receive a bond fund-matching grant, if the bond measure passes in November. We have a commitment of $4,468,542 in Oregon School Capital Improvement Match (OSCIM) funds. 29 districts applied, and commitments were made to 11 school districts.
July 27, 2016 The Board of Directors held a Board meeting on July 27, 2016. During that meeting, the Board unanimously voted (5-0) to approve the resolution to put a measure on the November 8, 2016 ballot. Next, the District will be filing a notice of measure election with Washington County.
August 19, 2016 The District received the assigned ballot measure number from the Washington County Elections Office, #34-254.
September 1, 2016 Renderings depicting what could be one possible design for a future new high school if Ballot Measure #34-254 passes in November were posted on the District web site.
We will continue to share updates on this web page and in the
monthly District Newsletter as new information comes available.
Additional Reference Documents:
Bond Visioning Committee Survey Results (02-29-16)
Facilities Assessment Report
Capacity Floorplans by School
Related Sherwood Gazette Articles by Superintendent Cordie: