PRINEVILLE, OR -- Crook County High School will undergo a facelift this summer, and school district officials are expected to name a contractor for the project by Tuesday.
Principal Michell Jonas tells KBND the main focus of the work is to improve security. "When after school has started, we’re redoing the entryway so all traffic flow will come through the high school," Jonas says. "There will be three different doors around the school that will have a key-fob type of an entryway."
Jonas says the changes should allow for increased safety and convenience during after-school activities. During school hours, all pedestrian traffic will be required to enter through a new set of entry doors.
Work is expected to begin toward the end of May, and should be completed by the time students return in the fall. The project is funded with part of the $33 million bond approved by voters in 2013.
"When they did the bond, they allocated different monies based on different needs at different buildings," Jonas says. "This summer they’ll finish the construction on the new Barnes Butte Elementary, then they’ll start the remodel of Cecil Sly – but that’ll last all year, as well – and they’re going to start the remodel at the middle school. Ours is the smallest project."
Additional work is designed to improve efficiencies with the high school's water and HVAC system, as well as upgrade wheelchair ramps attached to portable classroom buildings.