Centennial bond work moves ahead
In May 2020, Centennial voters passed a $65 million bond to fix the district's aging structures. Now, at the end of 2021 some of the bonds' initial projects are being completed throughout the district.
The passage of the bond measure also allowed the district to receive $7.5 million in matching funds from the Oregon School Improvement Matching Grant Fund. The district also received a $2.5 million seismic improvement grant for Pleasant Valley Elementary School specifically.
"The average age of our buildings is 55 years old," said Paul Southerton, director of business and operations. "Although our maintenance and custodial teams do a great job of maintaining our buildings, time and heavy use takes its toll."
Some of the most immediate repairs the district addressed first were the aging roofs.
"Right away we jumped on the roof issues," Southerton said. "Several of our sites showed some severe damage from the recent winter storms. It ended up being almost $3 million in roof repairs."
Roofing wasn't the only immediate repair needed to the Centennial buildings; the bond also targeted the district's crumbling masonry, aging boilers, exterior doors and windows, outdated heating, ventilation, and plumbing systems.
As improvements continue throughout Centennials' schools some of the most needed renovations have been completed or nearing completion. Oliver Elementary received many renovations in the past few months. Improvements were made to the school's roof, ceiling, floors and walls. The school also completely updated its track and field.
Oliver is receiving a great deal of renovations and additions as the school is planned to be converted into a middle school next year. Construction on the school's science lab renovations, media center renovations and new career technical improvements will all be started soon.
Another milestone in the bond was the renovation to Centennial High School' gymnasium. The gym floor was stripped, sanded, repaired, sealed and striped. On top of the gym's new wood flooring, the center of the court was enhanced with a large decal of the school's eagle logo.
The high school also received six new tennis courts with improved drainage, lighting and modern cushioned surface.
Southerton said another issue being addressed with the bond was the district's many cafeteria/auditorium combinations. "Several of our elementaries have these cafetoriums that don't really serve the needs of our students," Southerton said.
Meadows, Patrick Lynch, Powell Butte, and Parklane elementary will each receive new dedicated gym space. Each gym will be connected to the school's main buildings.
The district held groundbreakings at each elementary school in October to celebrate the start of construction.
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