New School Planned if Redmond Bond Passes

Voters in Redmond will have a chance to vote on a school bond measure in November after the school board approved a $69.7 million bond proposal.

At the school board meeting Wednesday night, the Redmond School District board of directors unanimously approved a resolution to place the bond proposal on the ballot.

If passed about half of the nearly $70 million would immediately go toward the designing and building of a new elementary school to replace the over 50-year-old M.A. Lynch Elementary. The district hopes that with the bond funds, construction could start as early as summer 2019 and students could be in classrooms by summer 2020.

The money from the bond would also go towards district-wide capital repairs and security improvements to classrooms and school facilities, like secure school entrances and upgrading or installing security cameras at each of their 15 facilities.

The school board’s resolution also includes the establishment of a citizen oversight committee, an independent citizen-led body in charge of monitoring the planned improvements, progress and schedule of costs of the bond program.

Property owners in the Redmond School District are currently paying $2.45 per thousand of assessed value. The proposed $70 million bond would cost taxpayers an additional $0.54 per $1,000 of assessed value, making the total anticipated rate $2.99 per thousand of assessed value.

Redmond Middle Schooler Holds Second Annual Toy Drive for Children at Shriner’s Hospital

The holidays can be a tough time for many, including those who are unable to spend it with their families due to medical reasons. One middle school student in Redmond, Oregon is hoping to put smiles on children’s’ faces even though they’re spending Christmas in the hospital.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan sat down with Payton Gregory, an 11-year-old with a heart of gold, as he collects toys for his second annual toy drive for the Portland Shriners Hospitals for Children.

School Budget Passes in Oregon Legislature

A record $8.2 billion package to fund Oregon’s K-12 public school system passed in the legislature, but many school officials across the state aren’t happy about the results.

Central Oregon Daily’s Mackenzie Wilson speaks with Redmond School District Superintendent Mike McIntosh about why the highest school fund in Oregon’s history still isn’t enough.

Young Athlete Catches the Eye of Hometown Hero Ashton Eaton

Running is not something that everyone enjoys. In fact, a lot of us completely dread it. So, when we heard about a little boy in Redmond, Oregon who loves running so much that he literally ran through multiple pairs of shoes in less than a month, we knew we had to meet him.

In the story, we show you how Family Access Network, a local non-profit, and FootZone of Bend swooped in to save the day so Jacob Yep’s shoes can now finally keep up with him.

Oregon Senate Votes on $8.2 Billion Budget

It’s already the biggest school budget in Oregon’s history, but a proposed $8.2 billion state education fund has administrators across the state saying they need more.

Central Oregon Daily’s Mackenzie Wilson breaks down the proposal and talks to Redmond School District Superintendent Mike McIntosh about the impact that budget could have on schools across Central Oregon.

Redmond Early Learning Center Kicks Off New Student Registration

It was the first of its kind in Central Oregon, a school that would house all of one city’s kindergartners under one roof to get them off to a good start in their secondary education. Eight months later, the Redmond School District’s Redmond Early Learning Center in Redmond, Oregon is thriving and opening its doors to the next generation of kindergartners.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan was there today during registration.