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Date:                                   September 28, 2021
Contact:                             Susanne Stefani, Director of Communications, Lebanon Community Schools
Telephone:                        541-259-8856
Email:                                 susanne.stefani@lebanon.k12.or.us

 

Bond Discussions Continue for Lebanon Community Schools and Pool

Report Highlights Needed Facility Renovations and Repairs

[Lebanon, Ore.] Lebanon Community Schools may ask voters to consider a bond sometime in 2022 to renovate and repair school facilities, including the community pool. These conversations are occurring in response to a Facilities Assessment Report and survey of community residents.

The Facilities Assessment Report was conducted by an independent firm in late 2019. It looked at seismic standards, building code requirements, HVAC, electrical and plumbing systems, the potential for hazardous materials, and ADA accessibility at each facility.

All school district buildings were built prior to 1969 with the exception of Pioneer and Riverview elementary schools and the Lebanon High School Annex. The community pool was built in 1965. It is owned by the school district and operated by the Lebanon Aquatics District.

“We take good care of our facilities, which is why none need replacing at this time,” said Superintendent Bo Yates. “However, they have reached the age where we do need to make renovations or replace some of the operating systems, which is more than just routine maintenance.”

Many of the building systems are outdated, inefficient and in need of repair to meet current educational goals, prevent system failure, and achieve building code compliance. The report details issues with each facility including mechanical systems and roofing that is beyond its life expectancy, single-glazed windows, inadequate insulation, and non-compliance with ADA standards. School facilities also require fire safety and security system improvements for students and staff.

The pool has 62,000 visits per year and requires a significant renovation to continue use by students, residents and visitors to the Lebanon community. The facility requires significant renovations to its pools, decking, locker rooms, restrooms, and systems such as 55 year old heating pipes that are starting to fail.

“The pool benefits the entire community,” said Lorlee Engler, Executive Director of the Lebanon Aquatics District. “It provides life-safety skills and athletic opportunities for students, family recreation programs, as well as health and wellness benefits for residents. People also come to Lebanon for the pool then shop and dine in area businesses, which helps the local economy. Improving the pool extends these benefits for decades to come.”

Lebanon Community Schools detailed some of these facility needs in a survey of residents this summer. These repairs and renovations are significant, and in excess of the school district’s operating budget for routine maintenance. That’s why a voter-approved bond is being considered for these capital projects.

The school district has worked to reduce impacts to taxpayers if a bond is pursued. The projects qualify for $4-8 million in state matching funds if voters approve a bond in 2022. Interest rates also are at historic lows. This means the owner of home assessed at $200,000 (considered an average for the area) would pay a projected $5 per month. (The assessed value of a home is what taxes are based on, and is lower than its market value.)

The school district will have public meetings about the bond later this fall before deciding whether or not to place such a measure on the ballot sometime in 2022. In the meantime, more information including a copy of the Facilities Assessment Report, can be found on the school district website at www.lebanon.k12.or.us/facilities-bond.

 

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Lebanon Community School District educates more than 4,000 students from preschool through 12th grade. Eighty percent of its funding goes to the classroom to keep class sizes smaller for personalized instruction. The school district is working to lead the state in providing preschool education, and online access to learning. Its technical programs and higher education partnerships mean students have opportunities for careers or college as soon as they graduate. Learn more about Lebanon Community Schools at www.lebanon.k12.or.us.

 

485 South 5th Street, Lebanon, OR 97355 | (541) 451-8511  

www.lebanon.k12.or.us  | Facebook @LCSD9


1800 South 5th St., Lebanon, OR 97355 | (541) 451-8551

www.lebanonpool.org | Facebook @lebanoncommunitypool

 

 

 



 

Date:                                   August 10, 2021
Contact:                             Susanne Stefani, Director of Communications, Lebanon Community Schools
Telephone:                        541-259-8856
Email:                                 susanne.stefani@lebanon.k12.or.us

 

Lebanon Community Schools Reports Back on Survey

Priorities Include Renovating Facilities, Pool and Improving Safety/Security at School Buildings

 

[Lebanon, Ore.] The Lebanon Community School District asked residents to participate in a survey involving school facilities and the community pool. The surveys were completed online and by telephone the last two weeks of July. In all, 528 residents completed the survey, which indicates the community cares about sharing their ideas and feedback with the school district.

 

“We’re grateful for everyone who took time to share their opinions about our facilities and community pool,” said Superintendent Bo Yates. “The results are important in helping us develop a list of projects that community members want completed.”

 

There were two community priorities that scored high in the survey: improving safety and security systems at school facilities and completing important maintenance projects to extend the life of the existing school buildings. Once completed, the projects would meet code requirements and raise all school buildings to the same standards district-wide.

 

Community members also want to renovate the Lebanon Community Pool and add space in school buildings for preschool programs to serve young families. The pool is owned by the school district and operated by the Lebanon Aquatics District. Preschool provides critical opportunities for socialization, boosts kindergarten readiness, and early learning opportunities for children aged 3-5 years.

 

Superintendent Bo Yates says that the school district would be able to accomplish these projects for approximately $5 per month for the average property owner through a voter-approved bond. The average property is defined as a property with an assessed value of $200,000. (The assessed value of a home is what taxes are based on, and is lower than its market value.)

 

“The time seems to be right to consider a bond. These capital projects qualify for an additional $4-8 million in state matching funds. Also, interest rates to borrow money are currently at historic lows,” said Yates. “We’re going to continue the conversation with community members, and look forward to the discussion.”

 

Lebanon Community School District educates more than 4,000 students from preschool through 12th grade. Eighty percent of its funding goes to the classroom to keep class sizes smaller for personalized

instruction. The school district is working to lead the state in providing preschool education, and online access to learning. Its technical programs and higher education partnerships mean students have opportunities for careers or college as soon as they graduate. Learn more about Lebanon Community Schools at www.lebanon.k12.or.us.

485 South 5th Street, Lebanon, OR 97355 | (541) 451-8511  

www.lebanon.k12.or.us  | Facebook @LCSD9


1800 South 5th St., Lebanon, OR 97355 | (541) 451-8551

www.lebanonpool.org | Facebook @lebanoncommunitypool

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