WSD Bond Update - September 8 2017

In May 2015, the Woodburn community approved a $65 million bond. We continue to make progress on bond-funded projects to add space for students, make major repairs to maintain our schools, and improve security/technology systems. These proposed projects are scheduled along a 5­-year timeline (2015-2019) for completion.

Rising construction costs 

Below is a recent article in this week's Woodburn Independent that addresses challenges posed by rising construction costs. This is probably no surprise to most of you, as you've seen construction cranes once again crowding city skies, or perhaps you have even bid out a home renovation project to find contractors busy and costs higher than just a few years ago!

As construction projects bids are coming in, these cost increases are causing us to look for additional ways save money and in some cases, look to other sources, such as a major maintenance funds, to complete the projects we have planned. This is a normal occurrence for managing large capital projects of this size.

The Bond Advisory Accountability Committee will review options in the next couple of months to reduce costs and bring projects in on budget and will present recommendations to the Woodburn School Board, likely in October. We'll provide updates when the BAAC is nearer to making recommendations. Meetings of the BAAC, and the School Board, are open to the public. Dates and times are posted on our website calendar.

A list of some top priority projects by school are:

French Prairie Middle School
Remodel space for 4 additional classrooms
Accessible toilet facilities
Replace cafeteria flooring
Security enhancements
Replace windows

Heritage Elementary
Added capacity for 400 students
Multi-purpose room/Cafeteria/Gym/Media center
Security enhancements
Accessible toilet facilities

Lincoln Elementary
New modular annex
Cafeteria expansion
Security enhancements
Accessible toilet facilities and staff toilets
Replace windows
Exterior wall siding replacement

Nellie Muir Elementary
Security enhancements
Replace existing portables with modular annex
New gym and conference area
Accessible toilet facilities and staff toilets
Replace windows
Rework drainage at play area

Success High School
New facility - groundbreaking expected Fall 2017

Valor Middle School
2-story expansion
Structural review and repair second floor
Security enhancements

Washington Elementary
2-story addition (underway)
Security enhancements
Replace toilet fixtures
Upgrade perimeter fencing

Woodburn High School
Fire sprinkler system
Roofing and HVAC unit replacement
Security enhancements

To read the article, click here.

Reminder: new pics in Photo Album! 

New photos from recent construction projects have been added to the album on Facebook. To view, visit