REDMOND, OR -- Middle school students at Redmond Proficiency Academy have just two weeks left in this academic year. Then staff will pack up for the charter school’s big move.
RPA Director Jon Bullock says they have to be out of the Hugh Hartman building by June 10, but the new facility, just two blocks away, won’t be ready until mid-August. "Construction is going fabulous. Griffin Construction is our general contractor, and they’ve been amazing. We’re on time and under budget, right now." He tells KBND News there is an agreement with the school district allowing RPA to store everything at Hartman, in an area that won’t interfere with the building’s conversion into an early learning center
"This is not a taxpayer responsibility. The charter school has to fund the facility by itself on the funds it receives, so there’s no taxpayer money going directly into this as a traditional school bond would do," says Dr. Bullock. "That’s a question some people have had. They say, ‘we didn’t vote on that!’ No; that’s because we went out and sold municipal bonds to make it happen."
RPA recently signed a five-year lease on a building at SW 7th and Evergreen in downtown Redmond, for a new performing arts center. The school is taking over the current location of Desert Song Church, which is moving into the former Centwise Hardware store. That performance center will include band, choir and theater space, and should also be ready by mid-August.