The schools in Grants Pass are in disrepair. Students and teachers across our district learn and educate in schools that need important safety and security improvements, are overcrowded, are aging and in need of renovation and repair, and have outdated and insufficient technology. These outdated schools make it difficult for teachers to provide a safe, healthy, modern education to every student.
For this reason, the Grants Pass School Board has proposed a School Bond for the upcoming May 15 election. The bond would accomplish the four following priorities:
Improve districtwide student/staff safety and security:
- Update doors, door locking mechanisms
- Improve emergency alert systems
- Update Camera Systems
Relieve overcrowding and provide capacity to meet projected enrollment needs:
- Replace North Middle at current location;
- Build new South Middle adjacent to Redwood Elementary;
- Renovate existing South Middle to be used as an Alternative Education Site, Youth Transition Program site and house other District programs.
Protect Community Investment in existing facilities:
- Replace old boilers with new HVAC units to provide adequate heating/cooling and sufficient air flow and air exchange;
- Replace failing electrical panels; expand electrical service at Allen Dale, Highland, and Riverside elementary schools;
- Replace windows at Allen Dale, Highland, and Riverside to provide greater energy efficiency;
- Replace flooring containing asbestos at Allen Dale, Highland, and Riverside; and
- Replace failing roofs at Lincoln and Redwood elementary schools.
Create 21st Century Learning Environments
- Upgrade technology infrastructure at all schools;
- Purchase new and replacement technology devices for students and staff;
- Create flexible learning spaces to support current and future teaching and learning strategies and better prepare students for careers after high school or college.
The total cost for these projects is estimated to be $138.7 million. The tax rate on the bonds is projected to be $1.95 per thousand of assessed value or $322 annually on a home with an assessed value of $165,000. The actual rate may differ based upon growth in assessed values and interest rates incurred.
If the bond passes, the Oregon State government will contribute an additional $6.7 million in matching funs for capital investment.
Ballots have already been mailed for the upcoming election. You can find your closest ballot-drop site here. Ballots are due by 8:00 on Election Day, May 15.