Bend La Pine School District plans to locate two new high schools in the BANA industrial area at 20730 Brinson Blvd in an existing warehouse structure. Sharon Smith, District land use attorney, presented information about the schools at a Dec. 20 meeting at Ponderosa Elementary.
The new programs, named Realms and Skyline high schools, will provide options for students other than the larger neighborhood high school environment. They will offer an "incubator type environment", according to Smith, with curriculums focusing on 21st century career readiness and project-based learning in real world settings. The entrepreneurial and experiential based learning will allow students to design and personalize their curriculum, supported by community members in relevant industries.
In the coming months transportation planners in the City, State and County governments will be asking your input on updating their transportation plans. Money from the State Legislature and tax revenues will be available for new projects. How do you think they should be spent?
The County Sheriff's Office proposes to form a Community Organizations Active in Disasters (COAD) corps to improve response and recovery in times of disasters. The collective of volunteer organizations, faith-based communities, non governmental, fraternal and government organizations would communicate, collaborate and coordinate in times of fires, earthquakes, floods or snow events.
In our neighboring area to the south, Orchard District, the residents have a Good Samaritan program that helps elderly and home bound residents during winter months. Residents adopt a neighbor and assist them clearing a driveway or sidewalk and checking on the person periodically.
New construction is happening all around Boyd Acres, from sidewalks along Empire to a cluster of apartment buildings. Robal Road Village is a multi-building outdoor mall on Robal Road and Third St. It will boast three restaurants, an Ulta Beauty store and more than 26,000 square feet of shops.