April 5, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Gresham-Barlow School Board moves forward with plans to put school bond on the November ballot
School bond package would renovate schools, upgrade technology, improve security, and add classroom space
The Gresham-Barlow School Board has approved moving forward on plans to place a school bond measure before the voters on the November 2013 ballot. At its April 4 meeting, the school board voted to have ballot measure language finalized so a $210 million capital construction bond proposal can be put before the voters on the November 5, 2013 ballot. The board will vote on the ballot language at its July school board meeting.
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 over ten weeks to review individual school needs and community input on the proposed projects. The committee recommended the school board place the school bond measure before the voters.
Every school building in the district would be impacted by the school bond. Projects include renovations to replace roofs and upgrade electrical and plumbing systems. The plan also includes updating the district’s technology infrastructure and technology used by students and staff.
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. The package also includes upgrading textbooks and providing additional classroom space for increased enrollment.
The $210 million school bond would increase the district’s school bond rate by approximately $1.41 for every $1000 of assessed value. A typical homeowner in Gresham would pay an additional $20 a month. As the community grows, payments would be spread among new residents.
The district’s Bond Measure Planning Committee’s report to the school board is on the district website at www.gresham.k12.or.us. Information about the school bond package will be shared with the community in the coming months.