Bond Promise

Beginning in 2017, Ashland School District, with the assistance of school facility experts, analyzed the immediate and long term facility needs and created a Long Range Facility Plan.

  • District-wide Security
  • District-wide HVAC and Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing Upgrades (includes focus on green technology and renewable energy)                            
  • District-wide Bathrooms                                                                               
  • Technology Infrastructure                                                                 
  • Replace/rebuild AMS South at size appropriate to number of students served
  • Accessibility and flexibility upgrades for AHS Humanities and Science Buildings
  • Seismic Upgrades for AHS Humanities and Science Buildings       
  • Comprehensive renovation at Walker (and reconfigured point of entry)
  • Seismic Upgrades for Walker                                                                        
  • Redesigned Helman classroom wing, entry, and secure circulation 
  • Renovate Helman Quad C     
  • Seismic Upgrades for Helman           

Program UpdateS

Walk-through videos of school schematics

Ashland middle School

helman elementary school

The Bond Committee,  made up of a wide cross-section of the Ashland community, worked to review the needs of the school  district, related to the following goals:

  • Increase or improve health and safety
  • Prioritize flexibility and adaptability
  • Be sustainable and energy efficient
  • Promote inclusiveness
  • Promote financial stewardship
  • Standardize facility systems
  • Plan for the future

Cost Information: As with prior District bonds, the projected levy rate resulting from the District bonds is estimated to be at or below $2.00 per $1,000 of taxable assessed value. After thirteen years, the projected levy rate is estimated to reduce to $1.00 per $1,000 for the following twelve years.

Actual levy rates may differ due to actual interest rates and changes in taxable assessed values over the life of the bond.

Projects

Info and updates

  • Replace/rebuild Ashland Middle School + John Muir Outdoor School to promote modern learning and operational efficiency
  • Design of new classroom space to replace 3 wings, approx. 65,000 sq. ft.
  • Campus security
  • Air Quality improvements and Climate resilience for existing buildings, including new construction
  • Required tech infrastructure

Current Activities
• Soderstrom Architects launched into the Construction Documents (CD), the final phase of design. The fruits of Design Development (DD) were showcased in Presentations to the Middle School and John Muir School Site Committees.
• Value Engineering (VE) and Budget Reconciliation refinements are being incorporated into the plans and specifications.
• Underground utilities mapping, and additional geotechnical and hazardous materials investigation was completed. Existing building condition investigation by the Construction Manager, Adroit Construction, was completed to assist the architects and engineers in making critical design decisions.

Activities Scheduled for Next Period
• 50% completion of Construction Documents
• Constructability Review of drawings and specifications
• Planning for moving and relocation during construction
• Ongoing discussions with Brightworks to incorporate sustainability and environmentally friendly material and practices.

Highlights
• The architects achieved the 50% CD Deadline during these challenging times.
• Various critical field investigations were completed to inform the design.

Challenges
• Develop moving and temporary relocation plans for students and staff during construction.
• Continuing meetings and field investigations with the restrictions of COVID-19.

Solutions
• Video conferencing for meetings and working remotely leveraging electronic communication technologies.
• Social distancing and wearing masks.

  • Renovate Helman quad C
  • Seismic upgrades for Helman
  • New secure classroom wing to replace 2 class room pods, approx. 23,000 sq. ft.
  • Campus security
  • Climate resilience for all buildings, rather than just new construction
  • Required tech infrastructure

Current Activities
The Design Development (DD) Phase was completed and the drawing set and specifications were sent to Adroit and Construction Focus to begin developing an estimate for the project. There was 1 meeting for DD in April. While at the meeting, the BBT team presented a flyover video of the new building addition. This gave the design group a more concrete look at their hard work over several months of design meetings. BBT, HMK and Brightworks met to discuss the energy modeling that was performed on the design. We contracted with Rogue Planning and Development to assist in drafting the findings for the permit application.
BBT, ASD, HMK, MFIA, Conley Engineering, Walker Engineering and KenCairn Landscape met twice in April to review the details of the design and how those pertain to function.

Activities Scheduled for Next Period
The Design Development (DD) phase is completed and Adroit and Construction Focus is working on an estimate and reconciliation.

Highlights
• 100% DD Package

  • Improved accessibility and flexibility for the Humanities and Science Buildings
  • Repurpose or reconfigure exisiting spaces for science program requirements
  • Upgrades for air quality, security, restrooms, and technology infrastructure

Current Activities
• arkitek:design&architecture / kistler+small+white designers are analyzing the programming information and input from design charrettes with the high school Core Team in order to complete the pre-design/programming documentation. This is a critical process that forms the basis for developing schematic design options.
• Hazardous Materials investigation and Geotechnical investigation.

Activities Scheduled for Next Period
• Schematic Design will commence with additional design charrettes with the high school Core Team and site visits to evaluate existing classrooms and building conditions.
• Completion of Hazardous Materials and Geotechnical investigation.
• Survey of existing mechanical and electrical systems by design engineers.

Highlights
• Hazardous materials investigation was completed, and geotechnical investigation started.
• Pre-design continued on schedule.


Challenges
• An application for Oregon State grant funding for seismic upgrade of the Humanities Building will be considered for award next month.
• Continue to safely progress the work in the COVID-19 environment.

  • Comprehensive renovation
    • Replacement of classroom wing, with new classrooms
    • Redesigned entry
    • New finishes, MEP systems, doors, windows, and roof
  • Seismic upgrades

Current Activities
During the month of April, BBT Architects and the core team completed the programming for Walker. This is a crucial phase and really kicks off the design process. There were three responses for our Request for Proposals by the CMGC firms. Scoring took place and two firms received invitations to interview for
next month, Adroit Construction and Ausland Construction.

Activities Scheduled for Next Period
In May the core team will be interviewing two CMGC Proposers, Adroit Construction and Ausland Construction. GRI will be visiting the site to perform borings and Dilatometer testing. This will give the design team important geotechnical information.

Highlights
• Programming was completed
• Proposals were received and scored for CMGC

Challenges
• Remote Meetings

  • Security enhancements
  • HVAC and mechanical/electrical/plumbing upgrades (focus on green technology and renewable energy) 
  • Bathrooms renovation
  • Tech infrastructure with enhanced internet connectivity
  • Accessibility

 

The Executive team began the district-wide HVAC, Restroom and Safety & Security projects, with requesting proposals from consultants.

Video updates
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Preliminary construction activities for the project commenced this week with the removal of the obsolete underground diesel fuel storage tank laying in the future central courtyard area. The work by, Western States Environmental Services,LLC a local contractor, is being performed according to strict safety and environmental requirements.
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Ashland School District stands with our Black Indigenous Students, Staff, and Community Members of Color!

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The Ashland Schools Foundation joins the Ashland Public Schools and voices around the nation in advocating for real change to end systemic racism in our community and our country. But raising our voice is not enough. ASF has established a Fund for Equity & Inclusion for directed donations to provide resources in Ashland Public Schools for our community of Black, Indigenous and People of Color. We will be matching the first $5000 in donations, and will be working with the school district and families to determine how we can have the greatest impact through funding. Donations to this fund will enable our schools to respond in a powerful way to challenges and opportunities unique to our BIPOC community. Donate directly to the Fund for Equity & Inclusion here: secure.acceptiva.com/?cst=JGJMPp

This makes me happy as an educator in Southern OR as well as a parent with a child in the Ashland district. I’d love to see teachers include more of the history of the struggle for civil rights into lessons as kids move through upper elementary and beyond. It’s important that our kids gain a sense of context for what’s happening and why.

Hi there. Walker and BASS parent here. My kiddo and I have drove around town to all the schools looking for some support and encouragement from these signs. Kudos to those schools that have them displayed so proudly. And yes, Walker has been doing some amazing EDI work long before the current environment we are living in at this time. They also recognize that there is always room to improve and do more. I am curious if someone can tell me where exactly is the AMS Black Lives Matter sign located? This post led me to believe that they had one up, and we have now driven the entire perimeter of AMS multiple times (including around the back where the bus drop off is located) and have not been able to locate their sign. We would love to see it. If for some reason they do not have one up can we fix that? And if we cannot fix that can we take their picture off this post since it is misleading? #blacklivesmatter

Great. Now let’s see it in actual action. I see the signs say that but what is actually being done internally and with the ASB to educate and empower? m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=bm355j6HdKM

Thank you for taking this very important stance!

Thank you for taking a stand in support of our BIPOC community members and for sending resources to parents on how to talk to our kids about racism and police brutality. I am hopeful that many parents, particularly parents of white children, will have these conversations, but I am concerned that parents who have not participated in conversations about race and racism before will opt out if there isn’t some measure of accountability. We must hold each other accountable in our own schools and district-wide to lean into the discomfort and actually do the work. In addition, what is the district doing to support continued anti-racist training for all teachers and staff? Even with budget shortfalls this must be prioritized! How will the district hold healing space for and provide support to our BIPOC students and their families?

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Ashland Schools is extending our lunch program throughout the Summer!

Beginning June 8, meals can be picked up at Ashland Middle School cafeteria window or Helman Elementary School each weekday 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Families throughout Ashland are encouraged to come to one of these locations to pick up lunch!

All meals are free for children age 0 – 18 yrs. Adults may purchase a meal for $3.00.

We also continue to have free family produce boxes from Fry Family Farm and Rogue Valley Farm to School every Thursday through June 26 at the same time and locations.

Please reach out with any questions or concerns via email at nutritionservices@ashland.k12.or.us Or call 482-2811 x 1116
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MEMBERS

  • Curtis Bacon
    • Parent
    • Community Member
    • Professor
    • ASD Budget Committee Member
  • Jill Franko
    • Parent
    • Community Member
    • Local Business Owner (Self-employed)
    • Willow Wind Community Association Board Member
  • Kathleen Kane
    • Parent
    • Community Member
    • Local Business Owner (Self-employed)
  • Chris McKay, HMK
    • Program Director
  • David McKay, HMK
    • Principal In Charge

       

  • Steve Mitzel
    • ASD Director of Operations
  • Kristi Nelson
    • ASD Administrative Assistant
  • Kelly Raymond
    • ASD Superintendent
  • Ryan Schnobrich
    •  Parent
    • Community Member
    • Internal Auditor
  • Alana Valencia
    • ASD Director of Finance
  • Dustin Way
    • Parent
    • Community Member
    • Local Business Owner (Self-employed)
  • Jim Westrick
    • Parent
    • Ashland School Board Member
    • Community Member

MEMBERS

  • Steve Retzlaff
    • AMS Principal
  • Karin Pasche
    • AMS Office Manager (Classified)
  • Tiffany Burns
    • WES Principal
  • Julie Grantham
    • WES Educational Assistant (Classified)
  • Michelle Cuddeback
    • HES Principal
  • Trish Dorr
    • HES Teacher (Certified)
  • Summer Brendlinger
    • HES Teacher (Certified)
  • Samuel Bogdanove
    • AHS Principal
  • Maryetta Jacques
    • AHS Teacher (Certified)
  • Rebecca Gyarmathy
    • JMOS Principal
  • Marcia Ososke
    • JMOS Teacher (Certified)
  • Steve Mitzel
    • ASD Director of Operations
  • Robby Moles
    • ASD Facilities Director
  • Kristi Nelson
    • ASD Administrative Assistant

MEMBERS

  • Steve Retzlaff
    • Principal
  • Katherine Holden
    • Vice Principal
  • Karin Pasche
    • Office Manager
  • Steve Mitzel
    • ASD Director of Operations
  • Robby Moles
    • ASD Facilities Director
  • Kristi Nelson
    • ASD Administrative Assistant

MEMBERS

  •  Rebecca Gyarmathy
    • Principal
  • Steve Mitzel
    • ASD Director of Operations
  • Robby Moles
    • ASD Facilities Director
  • Kristi Nelson
    • ASD Bond Administrative Assistant

MEMBERS

  • Michelle Cuddeback
    • Principal, Helman Elementary
  • Malinda Wood
    • (Classified) Office Manager, Helman Elementary
  • Mia Driscoll
    • (Certified) Teacher, Helman Elementary
  • Christa Reeves
    • Parent, Helman Elementary
  • Joe Shannon
    • Parent, Helman Elementary

MEMBERS

  • Samuel Bogdanove
    • Principal
  • Mckael Kenfield
    • Teacher (Certified)
  • Alexandra Roscher
    • Teacher (Certified)
  • Todd Hobein
    • Teacher (Certified)
  • Steve Mitzel
    • ASD Director of Operations
  • Robby Moles
    • ASD Facilities Director
  • Kristi Nelson
    • ASD Administrative Assistant

MEMBERS

  • Tiffany Burns
    • Principal
  • Cheryl Beugli
    • Office Manager (Classified)
  • Julie Grantham
    • Educational Assistant (Classified)
  • Kathleen Mateas
    • Teacher (Certified)
  • Tyler Claycomb
    • Teacher (Certified)




  • Beth VanZee
    • Teacher (Certified)
  • Sessceal Reynolds
    • Parent
  • Steve Mitzel
    • ASD Director of Operations
  • Robby Moles
    • ASD Facilities Director
  • Kristi Nelson
    • ASD Administrative Assistant