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Citizen-led committee to seek community input and prioritize school facilities needs

PHOTO COURTESY OF 509-J - The Jefferson County School District Bond Development Committee was formed in the spring of 2021 to seek input from parents, students, staff and community members.

The Jefferson County School District has launched a citizen-led Bond Development Committee to provide input on the district's facilities needs and define the priorities of a potential bond measure.

The Bond Development Committee was formed in the spring of 2021 to seek input from parents, students, staff and community members. According to a media release from the school district, since the passage of the last bond measure in 2012, the district has worked hard to maintain its facilities. The challenges of aging buildings coupled with new standards for health and safety have motivated district leaders to investigate strategies to preserve district facilities for years to come.

In December 2020, the district hired an independent firm, Design West, to conduct a facilities condition assessment of all district owned schools and buildings. This assessment helped the district form a Long Range Facilities Plan, which identified long term needs and areas of capital improvement. The Bond Development Committee will review the plan and identify key projects to be included in a potential bond measure.

"The board and the district are committed to providing safe, modern schools for generations to come," shared Laurie Danzuka, Jefferson County School District Board chair. "The Bond Development Committee will provide invaluable guidance as we strive to be stewards of community resources while providing the best education possible for our kids."

Volunteers in the Bond Development Committee will meet over the course of the next few months and will provide a final recommendation to the board of directors by early summer. The committee is being facilitated by BRIC Architecture of Portland.


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