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Bend-La Pine To Purchase Land For New Schools

BEND, OR -- Approved by unanimous vote Tuesday evening, the Bend-La Pine School Board is moving forward with plans to build two new schools.  In May, voters approved a bond measure to fund construction of the two new schools, and now we know where.  Tuesday evening’s vote by the Bend-La Pine Schools Board of Directors approves the purchase of two sites.
One for the new elementary school, located between Reed Market and Brosterhous, east of Third Street, and the second for a new middle school – off Crosby Road, next to William E. Miller Elementary and Summit High Schools.
Chief Operations Officer Brad Henry said more than half of the district’s schools are near or over capacity.  He expects the two new schools to provide relief from expected growth.  District officials hope to break ground next year, and have the schools open as early as fall, 2015. 
The new elementary school will be sited on a 12.5 acre parcel of ‘shovel ready’ land located between Reed Market Road and Brosterhous Road, east of Third Street in Bend. The land will be purchased from Lands Bend, LLC for $2.6 million. The school site is situated within a larger 40-acre parcel slated for development into a neighborhood.
The new middle school will be sited off of Crosby Road and adjacent to William E. Miller Elementary and Summit High schools in Bend. The District is authorized to purchase up to 35 acres from Miller Tree Farm, LLC at $25,000 per acre.

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