Summer 2019 Bond Projects
November 6, 2018 Bond Update – Delivering on Our Promise
Dear Parents and Guardians,
I have exciting news to share as we prepare for several facility improvement projects at our school over the summer thanks to our community’s overwhelming support. On November 6, 2018, nearly three out of every four voters said yes to a $65.6M replacement bond measure to renovate Walla Walla High School, Pioneer Middle School, and Lincoln High School. In addition, funds were also allocated to specific district-wide safety and infrastructure improvements. These school renovation projects are also eligible for an estimated $52.6M in State Match funds, helping maintain one of the region’s lowest school bond rates.
This summer nearly $7 million in projects will be completed at schools across the district. These summer investments prioritize safety and security, including select roofing replacements and energy efficiency upgrades. Overseen by our 11-member community Bond Oversight Committee, our district remains committed to accountability, transparency, and delivering on our promises made to our voters.
Below is an outline of what we can expect to see at our school this summer:
Safety and Security
- School safety experts, including our local officials, performed significant campus reviews prior to the bond measure to inform our proposed improvements. In addition, significant parent input was received that also highlighted the importance for enhanced campus security. As identified in the bond program, the following enhancements will be addressed this summer:
- A camera and intercom panel will be mounted at our school’s main entrance. Once the school day begins, doors will be locked and visitors will be allowed access by school staff.
- Improved cameras/surveillance to replace and enhance outdated systems.
We appreciate your patience as we complete these critical infrastructure and safety projects. There may be times this summer when the school is closed due to construction. We will keep you informed throughout the entire process as we look forward to an improved school facility this fall. Please reach out to me directly if you have any feedback, concerns or ideas to share. We value your partnership in this process.
Dr. Julie Perron, Principal