Multi-Use Community and Event Center

Sisters School District Bond Update (July 2021): Voters approved a $33.8 million bond in May of 2021 to build a new elementary school that is scheduled to open in 2023. Plans to gather community input to determine the best use of the current elementary school including its possible use as a community center will begin in the Fall of 2021.

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Sisters School District Bond Update (July 2021): Voters approved a $33.8 million bond in May of 2021 to build a new elementary school that is scheduled to open in 2023. Plans to gather community input to determine the best use of the current elementary school including its possible use as a community center will begin in the Fall of 2021.

One strategy considered for feasibility studies for connecting Sisters Country is the development of a multi-use community and event center. Lead partners in discussing this possibility and potential project development are the Sisters School District and the Sisters Park & Recreation District. Possible supporting partners presently include Age Friendly Sisters Country (AFSC), Council on Aging (COA), City Park Board, EDCO, Sisters Chamber of Commerce, Citizens4Community, COIC and VIT, Pickle Ball Club, the City of Sisters, and the Roundhouse Foundation.

The present elementary school is being considered as a possible site for the community center. The School District leadership has expressed a desire and previously developed a long-term plan to create a campus for its K-12 school system. Land owned by the school district is available to build a new elementary school between the middle school and high school. In May, 2021 the current school bond will expire. The School Board has set May 18, 2021 to place a bond election before the voters and will not raise the current tax rate. A variety of efficiencies could be created for the District by this move ranging from staff sharing, curriculum coordination, and savings from simplified transportation routes.

The current elementary school building could then be vacant by 2023. One option for the current elementary building could be for the District to lease it to others such as the Sisters Park & Recreation District and other partners for their use in the development of a multi-use community and event center. Further growth in the community means that the school district might need to utilize the older facility at some level again.

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