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Friday, April 15, 2016
Oakridge Public Schools is running out of space in its buildings because increasing enrollment trends, and because a few years ago the state started requiring all-day kindergarten to qualify for full funding. If this Bond Proposal passes, new classrooms and a new elementary gymnasium will be added. Funding is also requested to replace boilers and heating unit ventilators to regulate heat and save energy. Basic infrastructure such as roofing and electrical panels that have reached their lifespan would be replaced. With bond dollars dedicated to facility upgrades, general fund dollars would remain primarily focused on student learning.
The Bond Proposal will be on the Tuesday, May 2, 2017, ballot.
Voters within the Oakridge School District will be asked to consider the Bond Proposal to raise property taxes by 2.54 mills. This would raise $10.77 million for facility improvements and additions.
If the Bond Proposal passes, the owner of a home with a taxable value of $40,000 (home value of $80,000) would pay approximately $1.96/week, $8.50/month, or $102/year more in property taxes. The average taxable value of homes in the district is $40,265.
Who does the 2.54 mills impact?
The Community Stakeholder Facilities Steering Committee reviewed the August 2016 election results, surveyed the community with almost 300 respondents, and deliberated on this matter. The conclusion of this study showed lack of stakeholder unity and opinions were too diverse to include in the Bond Proposal. Therefore, the Carr School buildings will remain as is for the foreseeable future.
During the Master Facility Planning Process, a committee of citizens, parents, staff, and administration identified concerns with aging facilities and infrastructure, increasing enrollment, and limited gym availability. This committee recommended to the Board that these projects be addressed now.
Funding would provide additional classrooms and learning space for Oakridge students and teachers. Similarly, the proposed new elementary gymnasium would provide dedicated gym space for physical education activities and athletic practices. In addition, the projects would improve the school environment by regulating heat within school buildings and keep classrooms dry with new roofs. Lastly, additional parking for staff and parents would reduce crowded lots and parking in the roadways and improve student safety.