Dear Outlaw Families and Community Members
On May 18th, 2021, voters in the Sisters School District (SSD) passed a $33,800,000 general obligation
bond to pay for the construction costs of a new elementary school within the district, as well as related
support and maintenance costs associated with the district’s 2016 Master Plan.
The new “Shared Campus” location for the elementary school is a critical component of the 2016
Master Plan. It will allow for increased safety, transportation, operational and educational benefits for all
of the students in the district. Fifth grade will return to the elementary school location, which is better
aligned with educational best practices and also provides additional capacity in the middle school.
Despite rising costs of materials and other construction-related expenses, our current cost estimates for
the design, construction and facilitation of the new elementary school still anticipate meeting community
needs and fulfilling the elementary school building program using the proceeds of the 2021 General
Obligation Bond. If it becomes certain that additional bond funds will remain after fully funding the new
elementary school facilities, the district, School Board, and Bond Oversight Committee will consider
applying those funds to address other high-priority needs included in the district’s Long Range Facilities
Plan, as described in the voter-approved bond language.
The school district and our design and construction partners continue to target an opening of the new
school in time for the start of the 2023/24 school year, though this remains a very ambitious goal.
The old elementary school building and its surrounding grounds at the SE edge of downtown Sisters is a
valuable asset for the Sisters community. The district embraces the responsibility of using this asset for
the best outcome for the community while also considering the future growth of the district. Working
with Citizens4Community (C4C), District staff and our School Board have hosted a series of community
engagements with voters and stakeholders to understand the greatest needs and best possible uses of the
building and site, either on an interim or possibly long-term basis. After this due diligence is completed,
the school board will consider possibilities and communicate the district’s intentions for the old Sisters
Elementary School building and grounds.
To view the most current plans for the new school, please visit: http://ssd6.org/schoolboard/2021bond/
Thank you again to our community for supporting our schools.