Hermiston School District will hold two community forums in the coming weeks to discuss district facilities and student growth challenges. The meetings are scheduled for October 22, at Rocky Heights Elementary School, and November 10, at Desert View Elementary School. The forums will begin at 5 pm, and translation services will be available. All who are interested in learning more about these challenges are encouraged to attend.

In light of this year’s record enrollment growth and continued strain on school facilities, district officials will share of initial plans to address the circumstances. Attendees will learn about previous bond outcomes, work of the Facility Master Planning Committee, current issues in the district, and potential next steps. An opportunity for feedback will also be provided.

The information meetings fall in part two of a deliberate five phased approach to a potential capital construction bond tentatively planned for May, 2017.

  • Phase 1. Technical Analysis. Oct. ’13 – June ’15: Facility Master Planning Committee Work-research, data, and analysis performed
  • Phase 2. Focus Groups. Nov. ’15 – Mar. ’16: Citizens’ Review Committee/Staff & Consultant Involvement-CRC presents to Board in Mar. ’16, Develop school/stakeholder teams, Consultant procurement for technical assistance
  • Phase 3. Initial community outreach. Mar. ’16 – Jun. ’16: Initial Community Outreach and Feedback-Community interactions, Phone and other survey mechanisms
  • Phase 4. Community refinements. Jun. ’16 – Jan. ’17: Continued Community Outreach and Refinement-Additional input and feedback mechanisms, Credit rating analysis, Etc.
  • Phase 5. Ballot question consideration. Jan.’17 – May ’17: Board Considers Bond for May ’17 Election-Board authorizes bond, Community engagement and information opportunities, May ’17 election