CENTRAL POINT, Ore. -- Central Point School District 6 hopes voters pass its bond on the ballot. The school district said this bond continues from the bond that passed 20 years ago and will expire soon. Unlike most bonds, it won’t increase a property owner’s tax bill.
Autumn Chadbourne is the School Board Director for Central Point School District 6. She also has two kids that go to Jewett Elementary School in Central Point.
“Our actual buildings aren't reflective of the great work that’s happening,” said Chadbourne. “Although they are loved buildings and they are loved traditions, we really need to do a lot to make this a better learning environment and to support the great work happening in our schools."
With this bond the school district aims to prioritize safety by adding security cameras and fencing for schools with classrooms doors outside. Even though the district is asking for a higher dollar amount than the bond 20 years ago, this one would not increase anyone's property taxes. This is because of inflation and a bigger population.
The bond also aims to update electrical and plumbing systems, put in HVAC systems and reduce overcrowding Jewett Elementary School was built in the 50s for about 200 students. Right now, it has more than 600 students. If the bond passes, it will convert an old Asante property into an alternate learning site for kindergarten through second graders.
"This will be a hands on early education center alleviating some of the overcrowding at our in town elementary schools,” Chadbourne said.
If it passes, tax bills stay the same. If it fails, property tax bills in the district could go down.
"We're in dire need of this bond to pass,” said Chadbourne. “We can do it with no tax increase which is what our community wants as well.”
Ballots for the Special Election are due Tuesday. It's now too late to mail them in. You have to drop it off at an official drop site.