1/16/19

The board voted to prepare and include a resolution in the February meeting to officially engage the public in a Bond Issue for the May 2019 election. We have held several community meetings over the last two years, and have received quality feedback from the community. While overwhelmingly positive, we understand that folks still have questions about the cost and the design. Over the next few months we will provide specific information to our voters that will inform their decision on Election Day.

Over the past few years, we have been looking at ways to improve the instructional space at our grade school. We have identified three main areas of improvement that will be addressed through a bond.  As many of you that have visited know, we hold small group instruction sessions in creative places like hallways and closets.  We also have an issue with our 7th and 8th grade rooms arriving at the end of their usefulness. They are portable spaces and have served as classrooms for almost 30 years. A third need is to upgrade our Gym space to make for a more effective environment to teach PE and host athletic and music events. Our current gym space has served its purpose, but we hope an upgrade will be more effective for everyone. Thanks to a generous gift from the Winterbotham Family, the gym project has been on our minds for some time.

Buildings cost money. We realize that we will need to ask our patrons to contribute through tax to meet these needs. We do not take this lightly. Our work in the last three years has been to identify the needs of the grade school and then design a project that meets those needs as efficiently as possible. We also have applied for and received a dollar for dollar match for up to 3 million dollars! This means that for every dollar we raise in tax, the state will match it. Not raising the current tax rate of less than $1 is a priority. We would propose a 20-year commitment. This raises roughly $3 million dollars in tax, which in turn will raise up to $3 million dollars in State matching funds!

Please feel free to attend informational meetings or call and ask questions about the bond proposal over the course of the next few months. The district wants to be respectful of your decision and we want to be able to share the facts about the project. Again, the February 11th board meeting will be the meeting that the resolution to move forward will be brought to a vote. If it passes, we will be looking for volunteers to serve on the newly formed bond committee. If you are interested, please give us a call!

Go Elks!

Supt. Andy Boe

(541) 584-2228

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