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District News
 
September 5, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
Gresham-Barlow School District holds informational meetings on school bond proposal
 
School bond package would renovate schools, upgrade technology, improve security, and add classroom space
 
The Gresham-Barlow School District is holding two informational meetings on the school bond measure up for vote on November 5. The first informational meeting takes place Wednesday, September 18, at 7 p.m. at Sam Barlow High School. The second meeting takes place at Gresham High School on Tuesday, September 24, at 7 p.m.
Both meetings will follow the same format and provide the same information.
 
The proposed school bond would cost $210 million and would improve safety and technology, update instructional materials, and renovate or expand existing schools.
 
Every school building in the district would be impacted by the school bond. The bond would fund improvements to classroom lock systems and security cameras, the construction of additional classroom space to replace detached portable classrooms at the elementary level, and seismic upgrades. It would fund the redesign of school entrances to prevent visitors from entering schools without checking in at the office.
 
The school bond would allow the district 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 the jobs of today and tomorrow. The package also includes upgrading textbooks and providing additional classroom space for increased enrollment.
 
If approved, property tax rates for the school district’s bond debt would increase by $1.56 per $1,000 assessed value. Property taxes would increase by about $22 a month for a home with a median assessed value of $167,350. As the community grows, payments would be spread among new residents.
 
Childcare as well as Spanish and Russian interpretation will be available. Individuals who want to attend can register online for the meeting at www.gresham.k12.or.us or by calling Joy Helfrich at 503-261-4558. Information about the school bond proposal is available on the district’s website.
 
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