Grants Pass School District Announces Meeting on Bond Measure

Measure 17.84 would bring in $138.7 million for a wide range of improvements throughout the district.

Posted: Apr 16, 2018 10:55 AM
Updated: Apr 19, 2018 1:50 PM

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — A meeting scheduled for Tuesday, April 17 at the Highland Elementary School library will illuminate the Grants Pass School District's plans for a proposed $138.7 million school bond, according to a statement from the district. The meeting begins at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday.

Measure 17.84 will appear on local ballots in November. According to the district, the bond would mature within 30 years or less from the date issued—and the estimated cost to home owners would be $1.95 per $1,000 of assessed property value per year. This means $322 per year for a home with an assessed value of $165,000.

Grants Pass School District info (from the district website):

  • District middle schools have seen increased enrollment since the year 2000 of nearly 25 percent, and are considered "over-capacity."
  • The district serves over 6,000 students in 10 schools across almost 30 square miles.
  • Some buildings in the district were built in the 1950s or '60s.
  • Approval of the $138.7 million bond would yield a matching contribution of almost $7 million from the State. If the bond is not passed, State funds will go elsewhere.

The cost may be different based upon growth in assessed values and interest rates, according to the district statement.

The $138.7 million General Obligation Bond Measure is intended to cover all of the following construction and renovation:

Improvements to district-wide student/staff safety and security, including
 - Updated doors and door-locking mechanisms;
 - Improved emergency alert systems;
 - Updated camera systems.

Relieve overcrowding issues and create the capacity to meet future enrollment needs by
 - Replacing North Middle School at its current location;
 - Building new South Middle School next to Redwood Elementary;
 - Renovating existing South Middle School to be used as an Alternate Education and Youth Transition Program site, as well as other district programs.

Protect community investment in existing facilities by
 - Replacing old boilers with new HVAC units to provide adequate heating/cooling and sufficient air flow and air exchange;
 - Replacing failing electrical panels and expand electrical service at Allen Dale, Highland, and Riverside elementary schools;
 - Replacing windows at Allen Dale, Highland and Riverside to provide greater energy efficiency;
 - Replacing flooring containing asbestos at Allen Dale, Highland, and Riverside;
 - Replacing failing roofs at Lincoln and Redwood elementary schools.

Create 21st Century learning environments by
 - Upgrading technology infrastructure at all schools;
 - Purchasing new and replacement technology devices for students and staff;
 - Creating flexible learning spaces to support current and future teaching and learning strategies, and to better prepare students for careers after high school or college.

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