EAGLE POINT, Ore. -- The Eagle Point School District understands it’s a hefty expense but said it needs it to modernize and update many of its classrooms.
“We want to revitalize, modernize all the classrooms. Bring them up to date. We want to modernize the HVAC system throughout the buildings. Our CTE areas, culinary arts, metals, woods, agricultural areas, animal sciences,” said Eagle Point School District 9’s Human Resources Director Allen Barber.
One of the big problems the District hopes to fix with this bond measure are the science labs at Eagle Point High School. The district and one of the high school’s science teachers added the technology and equipment is just plain old, about four decades old. In order for the students to compete with the real world, it needs to see some improvements.
“They'll have to take what they did using my old ancient equipment and it doesn't apply exactly. So [they’ll think] ‘Okay, I kind of did this with that stuff but now I have to use this high-tech version of the same thing. I know the theory but now I have to relearn the practice," said EPHS science teacher Sean Rogers.
Over at Table Rock Elementary, Principal Valerie Shehorn said the school is running out of space in both its upper and lower campuses. This year, it saw 40 more students than it did last year and had to add an additional second grade classroom. Shehorn added this bond would help create that space by building an entirely new school.
"The opportunity to build a new school would provide us with an environment that would have all of our kids in one area and provide us with enough space for all of our classes," Shehorn said.
Overall, the District said all of its classes need new HVAC systems to accommodate the smoky months that have become the norm with fire season.
"When we have smoke in this area which we do from time to time teachers have to make a decision. Am I going to open the door and let smoke in or are we going to suffer through the heat,” said Barber.
If the bond passes, the Eagle Point School District hopes to update or rebuild these schools over the next five years.
The Eagle Point School District also hopes to tackle more issues like update security and seismic safety renovations. You can read more about the other upgrades here.