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GPSD #7 Reacts To Bond Measure Vote

The Grants Pass School District says it will have discussions now about how to solve its issues following Tuesday's election.

Posted: Wed May 16 00:09:59 PDT 2018
Updated: Wed May 16 00:09:59 PDT 2018

Speech to Text for GPSD #7 Reacts To Bond Measure Vote

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those that live within the grants pass school district. and the majority of those voters are saying no to this measure. the district says now they will be opening the conversation again to figure out how to help students who now learn in overcrowded classrooms, unsafe buildings, and without air conditioning. many people turned out in the final hours for todays election in josephine county one of the big measures for those within the grants pass school districtthe 138 million dollar bond for schools the bond would have raised taxes, 1.95 per 1000 of assessed porperty value mos says, "i believe that schools like everything else, all the public stuff is getting run down and needs to be kept up. a lot of corners have been cut and i think our children deserve good schools." others couldn't afford that costsomething the district says it understands sherry ely says, "when you look at the cost, everyone has to look at how it affects them and for our folks on fixed incomes that is tough because they have to decide supporting this or something more personal, so i totally understand the thought process when making a decision like this." the district told me they don't get enough money from the state to re-buld its schools, so asking the community for help was their only option. the district says the bond was really the main option because of how much it costs to renovate schools. sherry ely, director of business services, gpsd #7 says, "we can't do any of the expansion for our middle schools which as everyone has heard we are overcapacity and those buildings are old. it's a discuss what to do next. sherry ely says, "they will have to decide the direction they want to go. maybe they want to go out in a november election, or a may election. just what they feel the community is ready to accept. there will be some long thoughtful discussions we will have to have with our board." the results are still unofficial but if the bond does fail the school will also lose the 6.7 million dollar funding from the state for capital improvements. it will go to another district that successfully passes a bond. we have a first look at the candidates
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