February 19, 2018

FAQ’s and More – Will Passing the Bond Allow the District to Grow?

Will Passing the Bond Allow the District to Grow?   NO.

The bond will pay to replace buildings not create additional buildings.  Current plans call for a more efficient design that actually reduces the total square footage of buildings on campus.  The efficient design allows the district to add one more classroom space (a science lab) than is currently on campus.


Current Secondary Classrooms
Secondary Classrooms in New Design
24 Classrooms
25 Classrooms

Will Passing the Bond Dramatically Increase Your Taxes? NO.

In 1994, we borrowed $6.9 million to build a new grade school. For the past ten years or more, that bond has cost the average property owner about $2.58 per thousand.
Today, with interest rates much lower, we can borrow $15 million — more than twice as much — at a lower cost.
  • The average homeowner with a $200,000 assessed value, at $2.20 per $1,000 is paying approximately $440 per year on the expiring  grade school bond, which will be paid off this year.
  • The average homeowner with a $200,000 assessed value, at $2.29 per $1,000 will pay approximately $458 per year for a new replacement bond of $15 million dollars.

 Can the District Save “Tens of Thousands of Dollars in Operating Costs?”   YES.

  • According to McKinstry the District’s Energy Use Consultant
    • The annual energy (electricity and oil) costs for the Middle School  are $45,938.
    • According to target ranges for the buildings Energy Use Index (EUI) established by the Oregon Department of Energy a new building should save between 60-65% of our operating costs. A new smaller replacement building could save more than $27,000 annually.

  Is the Existing Middle School Classified as a “Dangerous” Building? YES.

  • Unreinforced masonry block construction or, URM under the building code (FEMA-172 1992).
  • Structural engineers used 20 codes tests to evaluate the building.
  • Building failed 14 tests, three did not apply, and it met the remaining tests.
    • Structural Engineers Comments:
    • The roof sits on top of the masonry walls but does not appear to be connected to the walls.
    • The unreinforced clay tiles that make up the walls are not adequately connected to each other with any reinforcement nor are they connected to the roof above.
    • The basement walls are most likely constructed of unreinforced concrete and they support the main floor, the masonry walls and the roof, all without adequate support or reinforcement.
    • The roof, walls and floors do not appear to be connected to each other in a way that could resist movement during an earthquake.
    • “In the event of an anticipated earthquake, this building does not have adequate strength and load paths to resist forces. The masonry walls may fail and there is a chance that the building will collapse.”

Will the Bond Money Be Used to Invest in Corbett’s Future?  YES.

Here’s how the bond money will be spent*:
New Middle School (High School)            $5.1 to $6.0 million
1954 Gym Seismic Safety Upgrade            $1.1 to $1.4 million
1970 Gym ADA and Title 9 Sex Equity Upgrades          $1.5 to $1.9 million
New Science/Math Classrooms Gym Expansion             $3.7 to $4.6 million
Multi Purpose Building Seismic & ADA upgrade    $0.3 to $0.4 million
High School ADA Upgrade                $0.1 to $0.2 million
Bus Barn                        $0.5 to $0.5 million                    Total                                 $12.3 to $15.0  million
*Cost estimates provided by Corbett Facilities Steering Committee, May 2013

Can We Help Determine What the New Building Might Look Like?  YES.

Join more than 100 people who have already viewed the eight conceptual drawings of what a new school building might look like. Fill out the survey and tell the School Board what you do or don’t like about the design. Please visit:

Can We Get More Information About the Bond?  YES.

Visit the District home page and click on the link called Bond near the top middle of the page.  OR go to this link directly to see information about the Bond.
About Vanessa Knight

Vanessa Knight has worked for Corbett School District since 2011. She is currently a teacher on special assignment working as a college coach and as the district's communication coordinator. She lives in Corbett with her three sons.