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  • June 27, 2022 Update

    Posted by Jeff Clark on 6/27/2022

    Last Wednesday, June 22, we held a mandatory "pre-design proposal" meeting for any architects who are interested in submitting a proposal to the district for their services. This meeting, run by David McKay from HMK, was attended by six architectural firms, all of whom have extensive experience in K-12 design projects. 

    On Friday, July 15, a committee will meet to review and score design services proposals, and will then forward a recommendation to the school board. The plan is to have an architectural firm officially hired at the August board meeting. 

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  • June 14, 2022 Update

    Posted by Jeff Clark on 6/14/2022

    The Election Is Certified!! The final vote tally was 781-757.

    Thank you to all who worked to pass this bond for Amity Schools. It was a very heavy lift under difficult circumstances, but it will provide much-needed improvements to the learning conditions at both the Middle and High Schools. The goal is for the bonds to be sold before August and for an architect to be selected and under contract by the middle of August. 

     

    Thanks, again, to all who made this bond passage possible!

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  • June 10, 2022 Update

    Posted by Jeff Clark on 6/10/2022

    Well, it appears we are just down to a little formality now on the election results. Yamhill County Clerk has certified results today (668 Yes, 670 No) and Polk County has posted their final results earlier this week (113 Yes, 87 No). So we have an approved bond measure, 781 - 757. This is a very significant result as we are all well aware of the challenging economic conditions currently facing us.

    I have heard several people say that they voted no because either they didn't think they could afford two bonds at the same time or because they couldn't afford a $3.17/$1000 increase in their taxes. Please remember that this bond is replacing the expiring bond that was passed in 2002, so there will not be two concurrent bonds. Also, the increase in tax rate between the expiring bond and the new bond is actually about $1.60/$1000. That means that a tax bill increase on a $500,000 assessed value would be about $800/year initially. Clearly, we could have done a better job of communicating this to avoid some confusion.

    We have a rough timeline for the next couple of months, which mainly involves the selection of an architect. The scope of the work is being advertised to architects. Those interested in potentially submitting a proposal to the board will have an opportunity to walk through the facilities in a couple of weeks. There will be an extensive review and evaluation of architect proposals in July with a recommendation being made to the board.  The board will vote to approve an architectural firm at the August meeting. 

     

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  • Introduction to this blog

    Posted by Jeff Clark on 6/2/2022

    From Amity Superintendent Jeff Clark:

    This is a very exciting time for Amity School District as we await the final certification of the May election results on our construction bond measure. Currently, both Polk and Yamhill county clerks are in the verification process for ballots that had signature discrepancies. There were eight ballots in Yamhill and five in Polk that had our measure on them. Even if all of these ballots were resolved and were "no" votes, we would still be passing by an 8 vote margin! So, unless there is some other unexpected reason for the election results to be invalidated, we seem to be in the clear. (I try not to get too excited until I have a final certification!)

    I plan to use this blog to keep you all updated on the process. We have retained an underwriter, Piper Sandler & Co., (who will assist in the sale of the bonds) and a bond attorney, Hawkins, Delafield & Wood (who makes sure all the legal issues involving the bond are handled properly). 

    I will try to update you no less than weekly, more often if there is significant news. 

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