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 GBSD School Bond Vote November 5

Information about the
November 2013
Gresham-Barlow School District Bond Measure

$210 million bond measure would improve safety and technology, update instructional materials, and renovate or expand existing schools

What a bond would do



Bond measure funds would allow the district to: 

-Keep kids safe
The bond would fund the redesign of school entrances to prevent visitors from entering schools without checking in on the office. It would also fund improvements to classroom lock systems, the construction of additional classroom space to replace detached portable classrooms at the elementary level, and seismic upgrades.

-Extend the life of existing buildings by making needed repairs
Gresham-Barlow schools are aging. The bond would allow the district to replace worn-out roofs and windows, upgrade heating systems, and update electrical and plumbing systems.

-Provide better instructional facilities so students
are prepared for college or career

Many classrooms in the school district were built decades ago. The school bond would imporve learning environments particularly in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Science labs would be updated and the bond would provide funds to upgrade equipment used for career technical education programs. 

-Improve classroom technology to support student learning
The bond would pay for updated technology (computers and ipads for example) so students are ready for the careers of today AND
 tomorrow. It woudl also pay for the infrastructure required to use the latest technology and computer applications.

-Add additional classroom space
The bond would allow the district to make room for increased enrollment.

Students and teachers show how school bond will impact their 
schools—Watch the Video -
Click here

School District Map of Proposed Projects
- Click here (pdf)

General Information Brochure about School Bond - Click here (pdf)




Why now?

-The bond would extend the life of existing buildings.

-Historically low interest rates and lower constructions costs would allow the school district to save money for its taxpayers.

-Bond-funded construction projects would generate jobs.

What would it cost?
The $210 million school bond measure would cost $1.56 per $1000 assessed value.

Property taxes would increase by about $22 a month for a home with a median assessed value of $167,350.


Community involvement

A 39 member citizens' advisory committee made up of community members, parents, students, and school staff recommended the school board place a $210 million school bond package before the voters.

To view the committee's recommendation to the school board - Click here


The citizens' advisory committee reviewed the district's Capital Needs Plan before making its recommendation. To see that plan - Click here


An independent citizens oversight committee will be established to ensure school bond funds are used as intended.



Key Dates


October 15
Last day to register to vote

Register to Vote Online
Click here

October 18-22
Ballots mailed to voters

November 5
Election Day



Information by School

Find out what projects are planned for your neighborhood school.
Click here

Have questions about the school bond?

Check out the district's Frequently Asked Questions list - Click here (pdf)

Need more information on the school bond?

Contact:
Athena Vadnais at
503-261-4558 or vadnais@gresham.k12.or.us



Informacción Sobre el Voto de Bono De Construcción Para las Escuelas en Español - Oprima Aquí

Информация о финансовой помощи школам (School Bond) на русском - Нажмите здесь

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