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4J School Board approves putting $319.3 million bond on ballot

The bond measure will go before voters this November.

Posted: Aug 16, 2018 12:38 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The 4J School Board voted unanimously in favor of putting a $319.3 million bond measure before voters this fall. 

They came to that number during the school board meeting Wednesday night, after a lot of discussion.

This money will finance several projects in the 4J School District. One of the biggest projects, is building a new North Eugene High School, which will be built to fit 1,200 students. That's also the capacity of the current North Eugene High.

The bond will also include replacing Edison and Camas Ridge Elementary along with renovations for Gilham Elementary. There are several other projects as well, ranging from seismic and safety upgrades to roofing.

Parents at the meeting said this is big step forward.

"North families are feeling great about the decision that the board made," said Sabrina Gordon, a parent and a 4J employee. "They really showed support in the north region as well as across 4J and all of the needs that students have across the whole district."

For the average homeowner, the district estimates it'll cost around $11 a month, totaling about $135 dollars a year.

"I'm excited but I also know that we're just beginning the hard work of getting the word out to the community on this bond," said 4J School Board Vice Chair Anne Marie Levis. "It's so critical for us."

The district will be getting this bond to Salem by Friday, and it will be on the November ballot.

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