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MEASURE 20-219 REJECTED BY VOTERS

The district's proposed bond (Measure 20-219) did not pass on November 5, 2014. The Lane County Elections Office shows the bond failing by 3.58%, or 464 votes.

Obviously, we were deeply disappointed with the result and will be working to find out why voters ultimately did not support the bond measure. We're very grateful to everyone for their efforts.

The need for significant improvements to schools, the replacement of Hamlin and upgraded technology have not changed, so we need to continue work to find a solution that the community will support.

The information about the bond measure and what it would have accomplished for our students will remain on this webpage for reference and to help guide the district as it moves forward.




This webpage contains information regarding the district's recently proposed bond measure. Please see the following webpages for more information:

Background Information:

The Springfield Board of Education unanimously voted on August 26 to place a bond measure on the November 5 special election ballot.

The $62.5 million bond would address many issues faced by Springfield schools as a result of older and uneven access to technology and aging facilities that no longer adequately support an educational program that intends to prepare students for 21st century careers.

The projects were recommended by the 26-member, citizen-led Facilities Advisory Committee, which meets as needed to review facility needs to ensure that district facilities support student learning for all students. The recommendations are based on student enrollment projections and patterns, educational program needs, and building maintenance and safety issues. Click here to read the Facilities Advisory Committee's full report.
 
Projects would include:
  • Increase access to technology and the Internet for student learning by upgrading technology in all schools. Among the challenges cited by the Facilities Advisory Committee is that more than 59% of the district’s approximately 6,300 devices are 7 years or older, which means that they no longer support many current programs and current software used in classrooms today.
  • Maintain and extend the life of district buildings and reduce operating costs through facility repairs and updates. With 12 of 21 schools more than 50 years old, and 6 more than 60 years old, the schools face a variety of ongoing maintenance challenges that, if addressed, will help increase the lifespan of the facilities.
  • Replace Hamlin Middle School. With extensive maintenance issues, including outdated and failing electrical, storm water, potable water and heating systems, Hamlin has been recommended for replacement by the 2006, 2011 and 2013 facilities advisory committees.
  • Provide space for student learning. To accommodate a district-wide full-day kindergarten program, which better prepares students for future success, additional classrooms will need to be added to five elementary schools (Maple, Mt. Vernon, Ridgeview, Riverbend, and Yolanda). The additions would also help accommodate shifting enrollment in east Springfield.
The measure is projected to cost an additional $0.41 per $1,000 assessed value annually to taxpayers. For a home with an assessed value of $150,000, the annual property tax would be an estimated additional $62 per year.