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On November 22, 2021, the Othello School District Board of Directors voted to approve a $51 million bond election on the February 8, 2022 ballot. The bond will address several immediate facilities needs in our district including:
1) Replacing the 600 wing at Othello High School with 18 general and 3 new science classrooms.
2) Adding a new competition gymnasium at OHS that has capacity for the entire student body, up to 1,500 spectators.
3) Expansion of McFarland Middle School to accommodate all OSD 6th grade students, relieving overcrowding at all elementary schools.
4) Construction of new gyms at Hiawatha, Lutacaga, and Scootney Springs that are equal to the gym at Wahitis.
5) Construction of a new food services central warehouse in a new location away from the OHS campus. The new facility will have expanded cold and dry storage capacity and will help improve operational efficiency in that department.
Click here to read a press release about the vote and the bond projects.
If you have questions about the bond, please submit them using this form. We will respond as soon as possible:
Calculate your actual expense by finding your home's assessed value (online with your county assessors office) and then use the equation below:
(Assessed value ÷ 1,000) x 1.14 = Annual Bond Expense
Example: (250,000 ÷ 1,000) x 1.14 = $285 annually
OSD Facilities Planning History
The proposed February 2022 bond is the culmination of five years of facilities planning disussions, work, and needs analysis. The COVID pandemic caused a pause in our work, but in May 2021 facilities needs discussions resumed and built upon the progress made in previous years.
- May & June 2021: Data synthesis
- July & August 2021: Understanding the goals and identifying possibilities
- September & October 2021: Refinement of facilities plan.
- November 2021: Committee recommendation to the Board of Directors
- Next steps: Board action on resolution, communication with the community, February 2022 election.
This image shows the journey Othello School District has been on for facilities updates since 2007 (click to enlarge). More than $92 million has been invested in Othello's schools in that time, with 39.3 percent coming from local investment through a bond passed by 66.85 percent.
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Frequently Asked Bond Questions
What is a school bond?
Why does the district need a bond measure?
What will my school get if the bond passes?
Why new gymnasium space at the elementary schools?
Why build a Central Warehouse?
What does it take to pass a bond?
If we build new classrooms can we eliminate portable classrooms?
When will the election be held?
With all of this growth and more coming, how is Othello preparing for the future?
What is the difference between a bond and a levy?
What is the timeline on these measures?
What is the cost?
What does this mean for Othello homeowners?
Why are the rates “estimated”?
What is assessed value?