NEWS

Copies of our weekly newsletter, Hoover Happenings, can be found on the Hoover Happenings Page.

CORVALLIS SCHOOL BOND UPDATES

Corvallis School Bond updates, both for the district as a whole and Hoover specifically, will be found below. We will continue to update this page as more information is available.

You can also find updates on the District Website on the School Bond Program Page: https://www.csd509j.net/bond-program/ 

Wenaha Group Information Time at Hoover School

The Wenaha Group has been hired by the Corvallis School District as the project management group overseeing the construction bond projects – including building our new Hoover Elementary School.

Wenaha Group will have staff at Hoover on Thursday, November 1st (during conferences) from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.  The Wenaha staff will be at a table in front of school, making themselves available to share information with our Hoover community and answer questions that you may have.

District Bond Oversight Committee Selected

Corvallis School District Bond Oversight Committee members were selected from an applicant pool of 18 community members. This is an advisory committee to the superintendent, the purpose of which is to ensure bond revenues are used only for the purposes consistent with the voter-approved 2018 bond measure and consistent with state law. Committee members are Richard Arnold, Amy Crump, Brad Hamlin, Jennifer Richmond, Chris Rochester, Emily Valdez, and Gordon Zimmerman. The school board liaison to the committee is Jay Conroy.

Richard Arnold is a former Corvallis School District Budget Committee member and has nearly 20 years of public sector accounting experience. He currently works with the Divisions of Public Health, Health Policy & Analytics, PEBB and OEBB.

Amy Crump is a parent of four students in the Corvallis School District and PTA President at Franklin K-8. She attended several long-range facilities planning meetings as an interested community member.

Brad Hamlin has 25 years of professional experience in banking and finance and is a Mt. View PTA member and parent of students at Mt. View Elementary and Crescent Valley High schools.

Jennifer Richmond is a trained interior designer with experience in construction and project management and she was a member of the district’s Long Range Facilities Planning Committee. She is the parent of students at Jefferson and Linus Pauling Middle schools.

Chris Rochester is a former Corvallis School District Budget Committee member and School Board member, including serving as Vice-Chair and Chair of the Board. He was involved in the early stages of the district’s most recent Long Range Facilities Planning process.

Emily Valdez has worked in the field of education for over 20 years. She currently works as the Greater Albany Public School District’s Administrative Bond Liaison for the facilities bond work in that district.  She has recently worked on the GAPS Design Team for the construction of two elementary schools.

Gordon Zimmerman is the President/CEO of Citizens Bank and is a parent of two students at Hoover Elementary. He was a member of the district’s Long Range Facilities Planning Committee.

During each year the bond proceeds are spent, the committee will meet quarterly to review reports produced by the district in order to assess general compliance with the bond measure approved by voters. The first meeting of the Bond Oversight Committee will be Monday, October 22, 2018 at 5:30 pm at the Cheldelin Middle School library, 987 NE Conifer Boulevard. The meeting is open to the public.

Corvallis School District Bond Project Updates

After the successful passage of the facilities bond measure last May, Corvallis School district officials immediately began preparing for the implementation of the bond program. The district has developed bond goals and a management plan to ensure transparency and ways for community members to get involved. The following opportunities are now available:

Bond Oversight Committee Composed of seven members and member of the Corvallis School Board and facilitated by a chairperson elected by the committee. Any interested individuals and especially those with experience in construction, finance, auditing, public budgeting, banking and general business are invited to apply. Key roles of the committee will be to actively communicate key information related to the bond to ensure transparency to all stakeholders and to provide fiscal oversight. The application to serve on the committee is available online and the deadline to apply is October 10. This committee will meet quarterly and the first meeting will be held October 22, 2018.

Design Guidance Teams Composed of up to fifteen members and facilitated by bond program architects. This advisory group will assist in the development of district-wide design standards for bond projects. Students, staff and community members having a special interest or expertise in the given topic (described below) are invited to apply. The concepts of equity and sustainability will be a primary consideration in all topic areas. The application to serve on this team is available online and the deadline to apply is October 15.

Teams will meet on the following dates: Workshop 1: October 24, 6:00 – 9:00 pm, Workshop 2: November 7, 5:30 – 9:30 pm, Workshop 3: November 28, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

  • Safety Design Guidance Teamwill discuss topics such as security through environmental design, intercoms, video surveillance, and fire detection systems.
  • Teaching & Learning Design Guidance Teamwill discuss topics such as enabling educational programs through facility design including outdoor learning, general and special education, community learning, project-based learning, career and technical education, and future ready classrooms.
  • Operations Design Guidance Teamwill discuss topics such as custodial needs, site circulation (bikes, pedestrians, cars), community use of facilities, and infrastructure.
  • Health & Wellness Design Guidance Teamwill discuss topics such as food services, student health services, physical education, athletic facilities, and playgrounds.

Community input will also be gathered at a Design Guidance Community Meeting on November 19, 6:30 – 8:00 pm. This will be a listening and learning opportunity for anyone who is interested in providing input on the four design guidance team topic areas. The meeting will be held at Lincoln Elementary School in the gym.

Design Advisory Committees Composed of up to twelve members including key staff, students and members of school stakeholder groups, including neighborhood association representation. These committees will be facilitated by bond program architects and will serve as advisors to the design professionals. The concepts of equity and sustainability will be a primary consideration in all topic areas. Design Advisory Committees will be established at the beginning of the design process for the school and will continue at least through the life of the project. Meeting schedule to be determined. Garfield, Lincoln, and Hoover committees will be formed in October. All other school committees will be formed in January.

Childcare and interpretation will be provided at all meetings. If you are interested in serving on a committee or design team, please complete the application available on the district website at www.corvallisbond.org.