Hockinson School Capital Bond Certified
For Immediate Release
HOCKINSON SCHOOL CAPITAL BOND CERTIFIED
Construction Partners Selected to Initiate Multi-Year Construction Plan
Middle School Design Input Meetings Scheduled for March 2 and March 9
BRUSH PRAIRIE, Wash. - (February 25, 2015) - With voter approval of a capital facilities bond now certified, Hockinson School District leaders have initiated a multi-year construction cycle by selecting a construction manager and an architectural firm.
Election results from the February 10 special election have been certified by the Clark County Auditor. Proposition 1, a $39.9 million capital bond measure for the Hockinson School District, was approved by 62.21 percent of 2,776 voters, which surpasses the 60 percent threshold required for capital bond measures.
Meanwhile, Hockinson School District leaders selected Aeda of Tacoma to provide construction management services and DOWA-IBI Group Architects of Portland to provide architectural services to the district.
"The Hockinson community is to be commended for again expressing its support for quality education in safe, modern school facilities through their approval of this bond measure," said Sandra Yager, superintendent of Hockinson School District.
"It is now our responsibility to deliver this collection of capital improvements efficiently and in keeping with a facilities plan that was created with support from a citizens' advisory committee eight years ago. We have retained qualified professionals to guide our district through this construction process while our staff maintains its focus on student learning."
The $39.9 million capital bond will fund replacement of the 60-year-old middle School on district property near the existing Middle School, along with improvements to the high school and school athletic facilities, and master planning for the elementary school. The middle school is the oldest building in the Hockinson school system. Its replacement is eligible for certain state matching funds.
Hockinson residents and property owners are invited to attend either of two input sessions regarding design and development of the middle school. They will begin at 6:00 p.m. March 2 and March 9 at the existing Middle School.
New Bond Levy Rate Begins in 2016
A new 20-year capital bond will begin appearing on property owners' spring 2016 tax statements, following the December 2015 retirement of capital bonds associated with creation of the Hockinson High School.
The expected 2016 capital bond tax rate is $2.74 per $1,000 of assessed property value. The district is working with investment and asset management firm Piper Jaffray to issue the bonds.
Construction Advisors Selected
In anticipation of this week's election certification, the Hockinson School District board of directors selected two construction firms following completion of a required request-for-qualifications screening process.
* Aeda of Tacoma was selected to provide construction management services. The firm is led by Manuel Pereira, a certified architect who brings more than 25 years of construction management experience. Pereira oversaw construction management for the Tacoma School District for 15 years, and has provided similar services with other school districts and the State of Alaska as well as a range of private commercial enterprises. He served as an advisor to the district in preparing the capital facilities bond measure.
* DOWA-IBI Group Architects of Portland was selected to provide architectural services following a qualifications review of more than 20 firms. The 30-person firm has designed hundreds of school projects over its 28-year history, including 70 school projects over the past decade for regional schools such as Parkrose, Snohomish, Woodburn, Camas and West Linn-Wilsonville.
"Along with these experienced partners, our focus is on completing these capital projects quickly and efficiently while keeping the community informed, and while avoiding disruption to student learning," said Ms. Yager. "It is an exciting time for our students, district and community."
Located in Brush Prairie, Wash., Hockinson School District #98 is a 1,800-student school system with three campuses in a small community setting on the northeast edge of the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan area. Hockinson emphasizes high student achievement and graduation rates, and active family and community involvement in student learning.