SISTERS, OR -- The Sisters School District's proposed transportation building project has been put on hold, and one reason is, Sisters Superintendent Curt Scholl says, the proposed location of the project would work for the schools, but not for the neighbors. "In the original plans, Parks and Rec was supposed to access their facility off of 242, but because of the cost of developing that roadway, that idea got nixed and they've been accessing it basically through our parking lot. So, basically, the concern was about line-of-sight and traffic patterns into that area."
Scholl says the original plan was to include Career and Technical Education training class space where students can learn mechanics, welding, or ag science. The project was going to be paid for with funds from the $4 million State Grant funds as part of Senate Bill #447, but citizens complained about its proposed location, design, and cost. He says their only other location option ruffles feathers as well. "It's either, it would go in the corner of the parking lot, or we would clear more trees to put it on the existing 21 acres of treed space that we have, so you can't make everybody happy all the time. Our goal is to get community feedback, however, and look at all the options."
Scholl says the district plans to revisit the project after the Middle School upgrades are made, to see if enough is left from the four million dollar state grant funds to build it. The District is expecting the Middle School construction costs to be approximately $2.9 million dollars.