Facilities at Dayville School may be getting an upgrade.
Dayville School District recently received two Oregon Department of Education technical assistance grants totaling $45,000 to assess facilities and complete long-term facilities planning, Superintendent Kathryn Hedrick said.
In the first phase, an architect will determine structural repair needs, and in the second phase, the school board is encouraging community members to help create a vision for the future of the school, she said.
The board hired Straightline Architecture of Boise and La Grande to perform the assessment to determine “what needs repaired (and) what needs attention,” she said.
Through the summer and early fall, Hedrick said the board would solicit feedback on how school infrastructure could be improved to benefit education. She said the district is looking to improve or expand, rather than replace, facilities.
“I hope this will generate some interest in (the community’s) participation,” she said, adding that feedback is “absolutely critical” for long-term planning.
Hedrick said this facilities planning process would help inform the board whether to pursue a facilities bond to qualify for matching funding from the state for school improvements.
The soonest the district might pursue a bond would be May or November of 2019, she said, noting the process was “completely exploratory” at this point with no decisions made.
“That’s a process our board chair would pursue,” she said.
In a separate project unrelated to the facilities planning, Hedrick said the district will be replacing concrete and changing the school entrance this summer.