construction worker outside

People driving by Pilot Rock schools will see quite a bit of construction starting up in the next few months. The Pilot Rock School District will be working on a seismic project as well as starting its bond projects.

The seismic project is at the high school and is made possible with a seismic grant awarded by the state of Oregon for $2,472,000 in spring 2019.

The bond projects are made possible with the General Obligation Bond passed by Pilot Rock voters in November 2020. The $12 million bond will fund a variety of projects, including school safety, deferred maintenance, a new gym and more.

In early March, the school district sold the bonds at a favorable rate and will have about $350,000 more for bond projects than originally budgeted. According to Amanda Lapp, district business manager, the district was able to shorten the life of the bond’s debt service by four years and remain stable with the dollar amount per $1,000, with a slight decrease over the life of the bond.

Superintendent Troy Jerome said, “We are very, very thankful for the support of our voters in passing the bond and making it possible for so many improvements that will benefit future Pilot Rock students.”

The district is working with three companies on the seismic and bond projects: McCormack Construction as the contractor, Straightline Architecture as the architect and ZCS Engineering and Architecture for the seismic projects. Superintendent Jerome said having all of the companies work together is advantageous for timelines and the potential for cost savings.

“We are really excited to get the dirt moving and see progress on all of these great projects,” Jerome said.

Construction updates will be available on the bond information page on the Pilot Rock School District website: https://www.pilotrock.k12.or.us/o/prsd/page/2020-district-bond-information