Salem-Keizer’s 2018 construction bond program has reached some impressive milestones: after nearly three years of construction, 90% of architectural design work is complete, and 63% of planned construction is substantially complete, meaning the spaces are ready to be used for school operations.

This means 54 out of 60 school sites are now either fully complete, currently under construction, or finished with design and preparing for construction work. Overall, the bond program is on track to deliver the promised improvements and more on time, and on budget.

McKay, South Salem and Auburn ribbon cuttings

Ribbon-cutting events held recently at McKay High School, South Salem High School and Auburn Elementary Schoolhighlighted some of the largest projects in the bond program. Each of these schools received major expansions and renovations and was finished in time for students to start the school year in September. Examples of improvements include additional classrooms, expanded and additional career and technical (vocational) education spaces, additional special education spaces, seismic improvements, safety and security upgrades and more.

Full lists of work completed at schools

Full lists of work completed at each school, short videos of the ribbon cuttings and virtual tours of the new spaces can be found on each school’s bond information page on the district website.

Videos of the full ribbon-cutting ceremonies can be found on the district’s YouTube and Spanish Facebook channels.

Improvements at every school in the district

The bond promises some level of improvement at every school in the district. Thanks to voters in Salem and Keizer, schools are becoming safer, less crowded and more productive learning environments for students.