March 23, 2015
Woodburn, Ore. – The Woodburn School District will have a bond on the May 19 Primary Election ballot for needed repairs, renovations, and technology and security improvements to schools. Information sheets about the proposed bond (Measure#24‐381) are available in English, Spanish and Russian online (www.woodburnsd.org/bond‐measure‐information/). Handouts are also available in person at the District Office (965 N. Boones Ferry Road, Woodburn) and at individual school offices.
The bond will fund $65 million in projects for the school district over the next 20 years. The flyers detail the projects at each school that the proposed bond would fund.
The state provides revenue for student instruction and day‐to‐day operations. However, a voter-approved bond is the primary source of funding a school district has for major repairs and renovations to add space to school buildings, reducing the need for new ones which can cost more.
The handouts include information about the capacity of each school and its current enrollment. Woodburn public schools are designed for a total of 4,270 students, but current enrollment is approximately 5,750 – almost 1,500 more than 12 years ago. There are not enough classrooms, restrooms, or cafeteria and gymnasium space for students attending Woodburn schools.
Woodburn graduation rates are in the top 10 percent of the state because of community support for its public schools. Since 2003, Woodburn homeowners have paid an average of $2.55 per $1,000 of assessed value for schools. The replacement bond would continue funding for schools at an estimated rate of $2.40 per $1,000 of assessed property value. That means it is projected to cost $20 per month ($240 per year) for the owner of a home with an assessed value of $100,000. For more information,
please visit www.woodburnsd.org and click on BOND INFORMATION.