REDMOND, OR -- The Redmond Proficiency Academy is moving ahead with the sale of $7 million in revenue bonds to fund construction of its new middle school. RPA will purchase two-acres at the corner of 25th and W. Antler to build its new 24,045 square-foot facility.
Executive Director Jon Bullock tells KBND News, "This is a culmination of a 2.5-year process to find the right spot, the right builder and the right design." He adds, "This facility isn't going to be a traditional school. It's going to be a modern industrial look. We're going to utilize a lot of concrete flooring and open ceilings; and, we're going to use some really cool colors and features that make it feel like the unique place that it is."
Bullock says the school is purchasing about two-acres from The Bridge Church, just down the street from RPA's current middle school. "They own about five-acres and were buying just over two acres from them to build our school. We're going to have a shared parking agreement with the church and a shared field-use agreement, because we're going to develop parking and field space on part of their site, as well."
Read more about the partnership between RPA and The Bridge Church.
The new middle school will hold about 300 sixth through eighth graders. Groundbreaking was supposed to take place Wednesday afternoon, but will be rescheduled due to the weather conditions. Construction is expected to be completed by August, so students can start in the fall.
Read more about the construction timeline.