SEVERE WX : Wind Advisory View Alerts
STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Budget Committee Chair Encourages A 'No' Vote On CTE Bond

With just five days left until the May 15 election, the Medford School District's bond measure is facing some opposition.

Posted: May 10, 2018 6:29 PM
Updated: May 10, 2018 6:35 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. -- With just five days left until the May 15 election, the Medford School District's bond measure is facing some opposition. The measure would fund new facilities, classrooms and equipment for Career and Technical Education (CTE) classes at North and South Medford High Schools. 

Kevin Husted, School District Budget Chair, is urging Southern Oregonians not to pass the bond. 

Husted said he does not feel like the district talked about all the options before placing the bond on May's ballot.

"I think CTE is very important, now when we get into how we are going to do it and the way it's got to be done, I was opposed to this because it really didn't seem like we took the time to flesh it out and see what the best strategy was," Husted said. 

If passed, the $25 million bond would increase taxes for homeowners by 12 cents for every $1,000 of assessed property value. For a home that is assessed at $265,000, homeowners would pay about $32 extra per year.

Husted said he doesn't think it is necessary to make taxpayers pay the extra money when students could get more CTE experience by partnering up with Rogue Community College.

"We're talking about building new buildings, RCC already has buildings and not to mention they're already building another one right now so they're already expanding, they're already going through it without the cost of the taxpayers," Husted said. 

He also said it can be tough opposing a school measure.

"If you're not for them then you're against the kids, and that's never something that you like to be labeled as and nobody can label me as that because I work a lot with children in the community," Husted said. 

School Board Member Suzanne Messer said the bond would give more options to students deciding what to do after high school.

"We focus so much on college, college, college, and 60 percent of kids are not graduating college. What are they doing? So we're trying to look back at the high schools and say how can we provide a better opportunity for our students to become the adults and community members we need," Messer said. 

Messer said the need for technical trade workers has been an issue in the Valley for years, and the bond could help. 

"We need all of these jobs within this valley and we're having to bring people in for high-paying jobs that are in high demand here," Messer said. 

Messer also said it would be hard for students to take multiple CTE classes at RCC because the time to take a bus there would cause them to miss classes.

Voters have until 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 15 to turn in ballots.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 348766

Reported Deaths: 4161
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah54797689
Washington37988313
Marion36055444
Clackamas29094304
Lane26966298
Jackson22632300
Deschutes19577123
Umatilla14241144
Linn12380120
Douglas11795240
Josephine9233195
Yamhill8517110
Klamath7709110
Polk715380
Malheur551574
Benton529130
Coos489691
Columbia371343
Jefferson361450
Union313146
Lincoln310638
Wasco281540
Crook274745
Clatsop239529
Baker198028
Tillamook193328
Hood River188337
Morrow181623
Curry178122
Harney108424
Grant97612
Lake89011
Wallowa67012
Gilliam1484
Sherman1463
Wheeler991
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 4810222

Reported Deaths: 70598
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles147569426398
Riverside3693444990
San Diego3636444159
San Bernardino3563155566
Orange3227415518
Sacramento1576212279
Santa Clara1445181890
Kern1441461605
Fresno1441232051
Alameda1198871372
San Joaquin1018071708
Ventura1005241164
Contra Costa99234982
Stanislaus851571315
Tulare78945951
San Francisco54031645
San Mateo53828622
Monterey50696582
Solano45761334
Santa Barbara44836521
Merced41781577
Sonoma40711402
Placer38902415
Imperial35642764
Kings32369314
San Luis Obispo29653329
Madera23518281
Butte23364260
Shasta23360334
Santa Cruz20861218
Yolo20147247
Marin17581243
El Dorado16960149
Sutter13775169
Napa12808100
Yuba994282
Tehama9298104
Humboldt9102108
Nevada903990
Mendocino752786
Lassen746346
San Benito737372
Tuolumne673993
Lake6506104
Amador537264
Siskiyou442742
Glenn430330
Calaveras381780
Del Norte356141
Colusa301718
Inyo196739
Mono16445
Plumas15756
Mariposa127315
Trinity86011
Modoc6698
Unassigned1860
Sierra1760
Alpine1020
Out of CA00
Medford
Clear
40° wxIcon
Hi: 77° Lo: 36°
Feels Like: 40°
Brookings
Clear
44° wxIcon
Hi: 72° Lo: 42°
Feels Like: 44°
Crater Lake
Partly Cloudy
40° wxIcon
Hi: 60° Lo: 28°
Feels Like: 40°
Grants Pass
Clear
40° wxIcon
Hi: 78° Lo: 34°
Feels Like: 40°
Klamath Falls
Clear
25° wxIcon
Hi: 70° Lo: 29°
Feels Like: 25°
Staying dry and sunny today, rain and mountain snow arrives Sunday
KDRV Radar
KDRV Fire Danger
KDRV Weather Cam

Community Events