The architectural illustrations portray a project that’s been in the planning stage for more than a decade, said Julie Olson, the school board’s chairwoman.
District voters supported the 20-year bond measure in February with more than 64 percent of the vote — 4 percent more than the measure needed to pass. That vote came after a four-year public involvement campaign the district undertook with the help of consultants from Maul Foster Alongi.
The involvement campaign followed past bond failures. In 2008, district voters defeated a bond package worth $85 million, intended to build a new high school.
After years of work and uncertainty, the project is coming together, Olson said.
“We’re pretty excited by what we’re seeing so far,” she said.
Olson said the designs will allow contractors to “maximize dollars” during the construction phase by swapping out more costly building supplies with cheaper ones.
Combined, the projects promise to piece together an ambitious overhaul of the district’s campuses: Plans call for building a new multipurpose facility at Ridgefield High School, as well as new buildings for South Ridge Elementary School and Union Ridge Elementary/View Ridge Middle School.