The Central Oregon Community College Board of Directors formally endorses Deschutes County Measure 9-92 and Bend-La Pine Schools’ efforts to build new schools, deliver safety projects, renovate and add classrooms, and preserve existing facility assets in our communities through the $96 million bond request on the May 21 ballot.

Like Bend-La Pine Schools, our vision for Oregon includes a dynamic 21st century school system that provides every student in Central Oregon access to a world-class education.

Our public schools in the Bend, La Pine and Sunriver areas have grown by nearly 4,400 students in the last 15 years and are expected to grow by another 3,000 students in the next 10 years.

Our Board agrees that the time is right to build new schools in high-growth areas, to protect our community’s investment by maintaining existing school facilities, to make health and life safety upgrades in our schools, and to add new classrooms and renovate classrooms that are decades old.

We support Bend-La Pine Schools’ long-range planning efforts and fiscally responsible decision-making and believe that the dollars invested in our community as a result of this construction bond would sustain hundreds of jobs each year.

It is with pleasure that we formally give our endorsement for the projects being forwarded by Bend-La Pine Schools Sites and Facilities volunteer committee and their thoughtful recommendation for a construction bond package of 140 projects that can be delivered without raising the current tax rate.

Donald V. Reeder, COCC Board Chair