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Springfield School Board Places a Proposed Bond Measure on the November Ballot
Measure 20-226 would save operating costs, improve safety and renovate facilities.
Historic low interest rates and construction costs mean that Springfield taxpayers can get significant value by reinvesting in their community schools. The 2014 bond proposal has been re-engineered to lower the cost to taxpayers and focus spending on the elements voters said were most important: student safety and security, replacing old and inefficient infrastructure, preparing students for 21st-century jobs and replacing Hamlin Middle School.
All schools will benefit
Every Springfield school will receive upgrades to its security and safety hardware to better protect students, teachers and staff and investments in technology to better prepare students 21st-century jobs.
Prolong the useful life of schools and reduce operating costs
Twelve of Springfield’s twenty schools are more than 50 years old. All twelve will receive upgrades and improvements including things such as: replacing inefficient plumbing, electrical, heating and cooling equipment with energy efficient systems that will save thousands of dollars in annual operating costs and make more money available for the classroom.
Replace 57-year-old Hamlin Middle School
All students deserve a safe, efficient learning environment. Earlier bond measures replaced or renovated some of Springfield’s most critical buildings (including Thurston and Maple). Hamlin’s outdated electrical equipment, deteriorating drinking water and sewage piping, lack of a fire sprinkler system, leaking roof and old portable classrooms hinder learning.
Independent analysis of the cost of replacing or renovating Hamlin confirm that Hamlin can be replaced with a safer, energy efficient building that will save tens of thousands of dollars in annual operating costs and more than $10 million over the cost of renovating the current building. For more information about the independent analysis of Hamlin Middle School, click here.
Update technology in order to prepare all students to be successful in 21st-century colleges and careers
Technology infrastructure investments support the security technology that would help keep students and staff safe. Technology infrastructure includes the overall wireless network, the bandwidth available to each school and the systems that support the district’s business and student data operations.
Updating classroom technology will support the growing use of on-line textbooks and cloud computing. It will also provide students with the opportunity to gain technology skills valuable to future employers that could help make Springfield a more desirable place for businesses to locate.
Add instructional space to support current and future enrollment
In 2015, Oregon will begin reimbursing school districts for full-day kindergarten programs that will allow children and families in Springfield access to additional educational opportunities – improving school readiness for all participating students regardless of family income.
A rigorous, full day kindergarten program helps to increase the district’s ability to retain students - reducing transfers - thus insuring a steady, or growing, student population and continued state funding.
Additional classrooms will also help ensure that valued initiatives such as literacy, music, arts, special education, family centers and others retain their places in schools while also maintaining Springfield’s value of neighborhood schools.
This proposed $71.5 million bond measure is projected to cost an additional $0.27 per $1,000 of assessed value annually. For a home with an assessed value of $140,000 – the average in Springfield – the annual property tax would be an estimated additional $38 per year. This bond would be in effect for no more than 26 years.