ORIG 07/24/2014 Ryan Brennecke / The Bulletin
Construction crews work on pouring cement Thursday afternoon for a portion of the gymnasium of the new middle school located off of Skyliners Road, between Summit High School and W.E. Miller Elementary School, in Bend.
Progress is being made on the construction of two new schools in Bend scheduled to open fall by 2015. A new 800-student middle school is taking shape between Miller Elementary and Summit High. The district is also building a new 600-student elementary school located between Reed Market and Brosterhous roads east of Third Street. Both schools are being constructed by Kirby Nagelhout Construction with funds from a $96 million bond approved in May 2013. The district hopes the new schools will alleviate over-crowding in its existing buildings. Last academic year, 8 of 17 elementary schools hosted more students than they were built to handle.