Fire Chief Larry Langston, Deputy Chief of Operations Bill Boos, and Communications Director Jodie Baram presented the rationale for extending a property levy to support Bend Fire Dept. services. The measure will be on the May ballot and will extend the original levy approved in 2014.
Chief Langston said that as Bend grew the money from property taxes was not sufficient to keep up with the demands of a growing community. Response times for the Fire Dept. were not satisfactory and the number of staff fell below national standards. Since the levy has brought in $2.2 million each year he has been able to increase the number of ambulance units and staff and the Department has greatly improved it response times.
A number of partnerships with the Bend Police and St. Charles Hospital have also improved service to those suffering cardiac arrest.
The Department offers free classes in CPR at its North Station on Jamison Rd. the first Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m. Anyone interested may call 541-323-6200.
Measure 9115 on the spring ballot if passed will take effect in 2019 extending the levy for four years.
School Board member Julie Craig and REALM Middle School Principal Roger White shared details about the proposed two new high school programs to be located in a leased building on Brinson Blvd. The career training programs will feature two different approaches to learning, REALM, like the Middle School will be team based and experiential.
“Students at Realms High School pursue an academically rigorous and standards aligned curriculum that comes to life through active teaching methods, frequent fieldwork, and inter-disciplinary projects where students address and solve real world problems in our community, including ones related to issues of social justice and environmental stewardship,” according to the school brochure.
Skyline High School, while sharing some of the same values, will offer “personalized learning plans” and a flexible schedule.
White said both programs are meant to offer a choice to students and continue the district’s use of theme based high schools. The programs will be offered to all students on a lottery basis. The goal is for 100 each freshmen and sophomores this autumn, with attendance growing to 400-500 eventually. Students will have a Home School for languages, sports and music and have bus transportation to the career schools.
Jim Beauchemin reported he provided comments to the City regarding traffic issues the new schools will pose. The traffic study estimated 477 vehicle trips per day the first year.
In attendance: Chair Don Leonard, Secretary Larry Kierulff, Vice Chair Joette Storm, Land Use Chair Jim Beauchemin, board members Jeff Silverman, Matt Bryant and 12? sign-ins.
Attendees: Don Leonard, chair, Joette Storm, vice chair, Jeff Silverman, Jim Beauchemin, land committee, Larry Kierulff, Secretary, Joshua Romero, city of Bend, Mike Landolt, Bend Police and 4 other sign-ins.
Attendees: Don Leonard, chair, Joette Storm, vice chair, Jeff Silverman, Matt Bryant, Cindy King, Jim Beauchemin, land committee Excused: Larry Kierulff
Joshua Romero, city of Bend, Eric King, city of Bend, Tim Dragila, Carol Ganzer, John Parker, Jeremy Saltzman, Deb Saltzman, Erin Serra, Ani Kasch, Kathy Roche
In attendance: Chair Don Leonard, Secretary Larry Kierulff, Vice Chair Joette Storm, Land Use Chair Jim Beauchemin, at large board members Jeff Silverman, Matt Bryant and Cindy King, Other attendees numbered 22 per signup sheet.
In attendance: Chair Don Leonard, Secretary Larry Kierulff, Vice Chair Joette Storm, Land Use Chair Jim Beauchemin, Jeff Silverman, guest speaker Mayor Casey Roats and 45 others who signed in