Umatilla School District Celebrates Passage of School Bond

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The site plan for new 4th through 6th grade school building on South Hill, including a full-sized gym and playing fields. (Images courtesy of Umatilla School District)

The Umatilla School District is celebrating the unofficial passage of its General Obligation bond in Tuesday’s election.

As of Wednesday, votes received by the county elections office indicate passage of the bond. The district is awaiting official results as ballots were accepted post marked through Nov. 8.

Superintendent Heidi Sipe said the district is very pleased about the outcome of the vote and the unofficial passage of the bond.

The site plan for the new Career Technical Education building at Umatilla High School.

“We are thankful for the support we received from our voters for the bond,” she said. “Their votes indicate great news about their confidence in the district and for the exciting proposed bond projects we have planned. Thank you to all the voters who committed to student success in our community.”

Sipe thanks the Umatilla School Board and all of those who worked hard on the district’s bond information campaign.

The bond will fund these district projects:

  • A new 4th through 6th grade school building on South Hill including a full-sized gym and playing fields with room for expansion
  • Renovations to convert McNary Heights Elementary to a K-3 building
  • A new Career Technical Education building at Umatilla High School with room for expansion
  • Renovations to the current shop space at Umatilla High School to convert it into elective and classroom spaces for Clara Brownell Middle School
  • Transition of Clara Brownell Middle School to a 7-8 grade building
  • Site projects, demolition, furnishings, equipment and bond issuance costs

The bond will raise $45.2 million, and Umatilla School District will receive a matching grant from the Oregon School Capital Improvement Matching Program of $4 million. A total of $49.2 million will be used for projects.

Updates about bond projects will be available in the future on the district website.