Security and technology upgrades will receive the first cost of the recently approved $ 28 million school bond for the Dallas school district.
Superintendent Andy Belando outlined to the school board at their meeting on June 13 the administration’s plans to sell between $ 12 million and $ 15 million in the first three years.
“Based on what we consider to be the priorities that were promised to the voters, based on various factors, some of which are not yet known, we propose that the priority projects for the first to third years be the construction of security lobbies. in all schools, from my point of view, the sooner the better, until next summer would be ideal, “Belando told the board.
The cost includes a $ 4 million Oregon School Improvement Grant (OSCIM) grant. That way, Belando explained, if the school district had to sell $ 14 million in bonds, they would have a total of $ 18 million over that three-year period.
“We are obliged to use 85% of these bonds within the three-year period following the date of issue. By August 2025, we are obliged to use three quarters of them. And he is obliged to spend 100% of the state subsidy in the same period of time, “Belando said.
“Nothing has been finalized yet. These are certain priorities. Renovation of secondary and secondary schools is a priority, but the construction of security vestibules and the security and technological improvements of all sites is really number one. So every school will experience something right away, “Belando said.
The board must approve the plan by June 27th so the administration can sell the bonds in August, he added.
Initial security and technology improvements will be made to all school facilities to include keyless entry in addition to the configuration of new lobbies, security systems, upgraded fire and alarm systems, and security cameras and technologies.
He then outlined how the rest of the first batch of dollars would go to LaCreole Middle School and Dallas High School.
“We really, really believe that high school has some priority improvements that need to be completed before others. They are largely related to the concerns we have about the water supply, “Belando said.
He explained that while the contractor was still there, making improvements to the plumbing, the administration could also make upgrades to the cafe, kitchen and stage, roof and partial improvements to the HVAC. He said some units have little life in them, others do not. Finally, the project will include the construction of a new high school.
“As part of the high school package, based on market conditions, based on what we hear, based on evaluation, based on what we can afford, all these projects will be considered priorities,” he said. he.
Also, within the first three years, there will be improvements to DHS to target upgrades to plumbing and air conditioning systems, as well as the Holden Auditorium.
Belando outlined important dates:
– Meeting of the project manager on August 9, published by RFP, several companies have expressed interest.
– August 18 gen. sale of bonds
– August 25 final documents for sale.
– September and October approval by the main contractor
Belando expects the second sale of bonds to be in 2025, when the administration will be able to decide what to do next.
Meanwhile, the administration is busy setting up a Citizens’ Supervisory Committee, which is responsible for monitoring bond spending.
Belando said there are numerous emails to people who have shown interest in being on committees, including business leaders, real estate agents, Dallas officials and the PTC Booster Club.
“I think it would be great to have student representatives at COC,” he added. “I think the student voice in the committee is powerful. I have a list of another 12-15 people to get this nice variety and diversity in the committee that would be committed in the short and long term as we move forward with the COC. ”
He plans to have a complete list of COCs and a written commitment for board members to take action at their next meeting.
“Things will move fast at 100 miles per hour very, very soon,” said board president Michael Ballman. “Throughout the discussion of bonds, this has always been at the forefront – safety and security. I am grateful that it is at the top of the list. That’s what we promoted. “