BLP chooses site for new NE Bend elementary school; bond needed to start work

The Bend-La Pine School Board unanimously approved the purchase of 10-acres of land for a new elementary school Tuesday night.

But there’s no timetable for construction as a new bond measure would be needed to pay for it, district officials said.

Pahlisch Homes is selling the land, located in NE Bend near Yeoman and Butler Market roads off Eagle Road in the Petrosa subdivision, for $2.88 million.

The land will be “build-ready” and serviced by roads and utilities, according to the summary by Mike Tiller, the district’s director of facilities.

The school will be within one of Bend’s largest new neighborhoods as the development is slated for 1,260 new homes.

Part of the district’s $268 million bond measure voters passed in 2017 was dedicated to the purchase of land for new schools.

Bend’s newest elementary school, North Star Elementary, opened near Cooley and O.B. Riley Road in 2019. But as the city expands further east, the district has been searching for an appropriate site for another new elementary.

The sale is set to close by Dec. 31st at the latest.

Meanwhile, Caldera High School – the district’s sixth – nears completion in southeast Bend off Knott Road and 15th Street.

It’s expected to open this fall.

 

 

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