Grants Pass School Bond Up for Vote

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GRANTS PASS, Ore. — When votes are counted in Josephine County on Election Night, School District 7 officials and patrons will be looking to see if they will be paying for school construction and repairs for another five years.

A $17.5 million bond measure is proposed for construction of kindergarten classrooms at every district elementary school, new door locks to help keep intruders out, and other repairs and improvements that district officials say have not been taken care of for several years, and timing is a big factor.

“I think that one of the reasons that the board did consider is, with regard to the timing was not only the fact that the current bond levy that out there for the construction of the high school and Parkside […] is they’re scheduled to be paid off here this fiscal year. And, and interest rates are still at a historic low,” said District Superintendent John Higgins.

The lone statement in opposition in the voters’ pamphlet says none of the construction or repair issues is as important as focusing on student achievement and reducing dropout rates.