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DISTRICT NEWS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 10, 2016


Gresham-Barlow School Board moves forward with plans to put
school bond on the November ballot

 
Every school building impacted by bond—projects include safety and security upgrades, improvements to technology infrastructure, replacement of roofs, and heating and cooling system upgrades.
 
The Gresham-Barlow School Board has approved moving forward on plans to place a school bond measure before the voters on the November 2016 ballot. At its June 9 meeting, the school board voted to approve a bond measure election for the November 2016 General Election. The school bond that the board will place on the ballot will be in the amount of $299 million. The cost to taxpayers would be approximately $1.95 for every $1000 of assessed value.
 
The school board’s decision follows a recommendation from a Bond Measure Planning Committee made up of business leaders, community members, parents, teachers, school staff, and students. The committee met for eight months to review individual school needs and community input on the proposed projects. The committee recommended the school board place a school bond measure before the voters. The school board made some adjustments to the school bond package after a three-month public outreach effort. More than 1,000 staff members, parents, and community members shared their feedback during the process.
 
Every school building in the district would be impacted by the school bond. Projects include safety and security upgrades, improvements to technology infrastructure, replacement of roofs, and heating and cooling system upgrades.
 
School improvements in the package would also allow the district to update its career technical education program, as well as its science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) classes that help prepare students for careers and college.
 
Major renovations would occur at Gresham High School and Sam Barlow High School. North Gresham and East Gresham Elementary Schools would be replaced. Classrooms would be added to Hall and Hollydale Elementary Schools. The school bond would include renovations to Deep Creek Elementary School so that it can become a K-8 school.
 
As a result of feedback from the community, the Board sought to lower the average monthly cost to Gresham-Barlow taxpayers. Originally the cost of the school bond package was estimated at $2.97 per $1000 of assessed value.  Based on the most recent forecasts and financing options presented to the school board, the rate has been lowered by just over a dollar, from $2.97 to $1.95.
 
According to Multnomah County, the average assessed value of a home in the school district is approximately $200,000. An individual with a home with an assessed value of $200,000 would pay an additional $32.50 a month.
 
The school district will provide information on the proposed school bond on its website at www.gresham.k12.or.us.  Information about the school bond package will be shared throughout the community in the coming months. 

 
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