Grants Pass School District Showcases Need for Renovation Funds

The Grants Pass School District is giving the community a chance to see what a multi-million dollar bond would pay for. It is giving tours and showing the community the schools the bond would go towards. The $138.7 million bond would finance the cost of two new middle school buildings to replace North and South Middle Schools.

Posted: Apr. 2, 2018 6:45 PM
Updated: Apr. 19, 2018 1:50 PM

GRANTS PASS, Ore. -- The Grants Pass School District is giving the community a chance to see what a multi-million dollar bond would pay for. It is giving tours and showing the community the schools the bond would go towards.

The $138.7 million bond would finance the cost of two new middle school buildings to replace North and South Middle Schools. Kyndale Rhoades remembers when she was a student at North Middle School 18 years ago. When she went on the bond tour this morning, the school looked worse than it does in her memories---which was shocking.

"It was very eye-opening to see that nothing has changed in the last 20 years. I mean that was a big thing. I thought for sure there would be some improvements and nothing. Same thing that there was when I came here," Rhoades said.

The School District’s Superintendent Kirk Kolb said not only are its middle schools over crowded, they need upgrades and renovations.

"The facilities themselves are deteriorating. You can see that through one of these tours," Kolb added.

He said Measure 17.84 would help. The Grants Pass School District is asking voters to pass a $138.7 million bond to fix both North and South Middle Schools. It's a property tax. For every $1,000 you pay for your home, you'd pay $1.95 in a tax. So if your home is $200,000 for example, you'd pay $380 a year for 30 years.

Rhoades said this is expensive but completely worth it.

“Can you put a price tag on education? I can't. Somebody paid it for me to go to these schools for my parents to go to these schools. We have to pay it for them,” she said.

The Grants Pass School District said these upgrades are necessary for its current and future students.

"We're educating kids for jobs that don't exist. So we need to give them opportunities to collaborate, communicate, work together, get their hands dirty and hands on, problem solving and real world thinking," Kolb added.

If voters approve the bond on the May 15th ballot, the district said construction could start in 2019.

You can go on a tour and see the schools that would be fixed with the bond. Next week the school district will hold two more tours at South Middle School at 12:45pm and 7pm.
There will also be an informational meeting at Highland Elementary School on April 17th at 6pm.

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