2019 Capital Bond Program Timeline

  • The 2019 Capital Bond was passed by West Linn-Wilsonville voters on November 5, 2019. The $206.8 million capital bond includes seven major projects spanning across the entire school district. The district will hire a construction management firm in addition to project architects during the month of January 2020, followed by the creation of a master schedule for the sequencing of projects in February. Community engagement for several projects began in May 2020 and will continue into the summer. To receive regular 2019 bond updates, please sign up for the WLWV-Bond-Information ListServ.

Bond News

  • WLHS Stadium & Parking Community Input Opportunities

    Posted by West Linn - Wilsonville School District on 6/18/2020

    The West Lin-Wilsonville School District invites community members to participate in the West Linn High School Stadium and Parking Expansion project. The project is one of seven major projects funded through the 2019 Capital Bond. The project will increase the size of the stadium, and add parking to accommodate enrollment growth and increase safety. The district has hired a team of architects, engineers, land use planners and other specialists to bring their expertise to the project.

    There will be multiple opportunities for community members to participate in the planning process. The District will begin reaching out to stakeholders in the Sunset and Bolton neighborhoods and the greater West Linn-Wilsonville community in the coming days. The best way to stay informed about these opportunities is to sign up for the WLWV-Bond-WLHS-Stadium ListServ.

    The District will host a Virtual Community Meeting in July to provide a project overview for community members and present a project timeline including additional opportunities for community members to become or remain involved. The District is looking forward to engagement from neighbors, staff, school families and students during the design process.

    If you would like to share your initial thoughts or questions about the project, please sign up to participate in a phone or video conference Listening Session by responding to this email address: steve.faust@3j-consulting.com with your name and contact information.

    For more information about the West Linn High School Stadium and Parking Expansion bond project, please visit the district’s bond website.

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  • Survey Link Following May 14 Public Meeting

    Posted by West Linn-Wilsonville on 5/14/2020 7:00:00 PM

    Community Meeting No. 2, Athey Creek Middle School at Dollar Street Project on May 14, 2020.

    Thank you to those of you who were able to join us for our second Community Engagement Meeting on May 14. The feedback survey closed on Friday, June 5.

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  • Second Community Engagement Meeting for New Athey Creek Middle School Scheduled for May 14

    Posted by West Linn-Wilsonville on 5/7/2020 4:00:00 PM

    The District will host a Virtual Community Engagement meeting for the New Athey Creek Middle School At Dollar Street Bond Project on Thursday, May 14. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. This meeting will be held via Zoom live video conferencing with a survey link to capture community feedback and comments. 

    Please click the link below to join the webinar: 
    Password: 915131

    To join by phone, dial: +1 346-248-7799. You will be asked to enter the Webinar ID and Password.

    Webinar ID: 954-9280-0142

    Password: 915131

    This meeting is the second community meeting on this Bond project.  The first was held in January by invitation of the Willamette Neighborhood Association.  The meeting will include an introduction from Superintendent Dr. Kathy Ludwig and will be facilitated by Land Use Planners from 3J Consulting, Steve Faust and Andrew Tull. During this community engagement meeting, the district will review community feedback provided over the past several months as well as through one-on-one community listening sessions conducted by the Land Use Planners over the past few weeks. This will be followed by a presentation of the site and initial considerations for the design.

    Community members will have the opportunity to learn about these design considerations and provide feedback through an online survey that will be provided at the conclusion of the meeting. 

    A project timeline will be presented during this meeting, providing community members with an overview for what to expect in the coming months. The process timeline will include additional opportunities for the community to become or remain involved and provide input. The District is looking forward to engagement from neighbors, school families, staff, and both current and future students during the design process. 

    For more information about the New Athey Creek Middle School At Dollar Street bond project, including frequently asked questions, please visit the district’s bond website.

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  • Sale Results — West Linn-Wilsonville Sells General Obligation Bonds

    Posted by West Linn-Wilsonville on 2/14/2020 9:00:00 AM

    The West Linn-Wilsonville School District sold $147.9 million of the district’s General Obligation (GO) Bond authorization on Wednesday, Feb. 12. The bond was approved by voters in the November 2019 Election.

    Due to high investor interest, the District sold $147.9 million in bonds but will receive $158.1 million for capital projects to be completed over the next few years. The remaining $58.9 million of the $206.8 million bond measure will be sold at a future date to complete the remaining capital projects outlined in the bond measure.

    “Because of low interest rates in the market and the attractiveness of the District’s bonds, Wednesday’s sale resulted in a premium that the District can use for projects outlined in the bond measure,” said Chief Financial Officer Son Le Hughes.

    The bond proceeds from the Feb. 12 sale will result in several key projects across the West Linn-Wilsonville School District. Capital projects will address overcrowding across the District, increase Career and Technical Education opportunities for students, increase safety and security, upgrade technology, and fund several other projects District-wide.

    Major projects include a new primary school in Wilsonville, stadium and parking upgrades at West Linn High School, construction of a new Athey Creek Middle School in West Linn, relocation of the district’s third option high school to the existing Athey Creek Middle School building, and construction of a new performing arts center at Wilsonville High School among others.

    In addition to the sale of GO bonds, the District executed a “refunding sale” agreement to save borrowing costs through lower interest rates. The refunding sale pertains to a bond measure approved by voters in 2014, saving West Linn-Wilsonville residents approximately $4.8 million.

    “The District is grateful for the financial support of the community and is committed to managing bond funds responsibly,” Hughes said. “With this sale of bond proceeds, the District is excited to now focus on planning and construction of the capital projects outlined in the bond measure.”

    To learn more about the 2019 Capital Bond, or to subscribe for capital bond updates and communications, please visit the Bond Website.

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  • School Board Calls Election, Receives Tentative 2019 Bond Timeline

    Posted by West Linn-Wilsonville on 12/11/2019 9:00:00 AM

    By approving three concurrent resolutions during the Dec. 2 School Board meeting, the West Linn-Wilsonville School Board determined November 5 election results, authorized the issuance and sale of GO bonds, and assigned the Board-appointed Long Range Planning Committee as the district's Bond Oversight Committee.

    Election results from the Nov. 5 Election showed Measure 3-554, the district's $206.8 million Capital Bond, passed with 60 percent of votes. Measure 3-555, the district's Local Option Levy renewal, passed with 70 percent of votes. In total, 41.67 percent of registered voters voted in the November 5 Election.

    The Bond Oversight Committee will meet regularly for the purpose of providing oversight of Capital Bond Management. The Bond Oversight Committee will actively monitor and regularly report to the Board on the progress of the 2019 bond program. Responsibilities include ensuring bond revenues are used for purposes consistent with the Long Range Plan and Measure 3-554; they will meet at least quarterly to review expenditure reports, project plans, and progress reports; and communicate key 2019 Capital Bond progress and information to community stakeholders.

    Bond Manager Tim Woodley and Superintendent Dr. Kathy Ludwig also provided a bond timeline to the School Board during the Dec. 2 meeting. 

    2019 Bond Timeline

    November 2019 — the District posted an RFP for a Bond Construction Management Firm and Architecture Firm(s). The district expects to sell the first series of the 2019 capital bond in February, with smaller bond projects expected to break ground by the spring and summer of 2020.

    November 22, 2019 — District staff met with the Board Chair and Piper Jaffray to learn about the bond sale authorization and timeline.

    December — The district will begin screening interviews for construction management and architecture firms.

    January 13 — The School Board will give approval for firms at the Jan. 13 School Board meeting.

    February — The district will present a master schedule for sequencing projects. This will include the assignment of costs as well as a flowchart for expenditures for the School Board and community.

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