North Clackamas Schools would like to thank its community for voting for the approval of the capital construction bond measure that will positively impact 17,325 students and our community through major facilities renovations, safety upgrades and new construction. Returns indicate a passing rate of 62%. The community can expect the commitment to repair, construct and update schools and classrooms including:
Basic repairs, many large-scale, in existing schools: heating, ventilation, roofing, plumbing, windows, lighting, energy efficiency, school grounds;
Renovate facilities in eight schools: space for science, technology, engineering, mathematics courses; add vocational education equipment;
Increase school safety: add fire alarms, fire suppression systems, school locking systems, security cameras, emergency communications outdated or missing in schools;
Improve seismic building protection for earthquake preparedness at high-risk schools;
Replace/renovate 90-year old Milwaukie High School on current site;
Address overcrowding: construct elementary school, convert Rock Creek Middle School to 4th comprehensive high school, purchase land for future school;
Increase classroom technology with improved infrastructure for teachers and students;
Acquire land for future relocation of school bus center, for safety;
Rebuild, equip, furnish school facilities; make site improvements;
Pay bond issuance costs.
The bond tax rate is estimated to continue at the current rate of $2.37 per $1,000 of assessed property value. Bonds up to $433 million issued in one or more series, maturing in up to 26 years.
Capital Construction Bond funds can only be used for capital projects; not operating costs. Without this measure, the district would not have funds to significantly address deferred maintenance, overcrowding and safety.
Regular audits of bond funds to be performed. Quarterly bond progress reports to be made to the North Clackamas School Board and regular updates made to the community. The District will establish an independent, community bond oversight committee to ensure bond funds are only used for purposes intended.
Bond projects will begin as early as this summer at several schools. Please follow the status of our projects on our district website http://www.nclack.k12.or.us/bondinfo.
We are grateful to our community voters and the team of volunteers who dedicated many hours to informing our community about the district’s need for this bond. Your commitment to making our communities vibrant by supporting our schools is greatly appreciated.
Information Source: North Clackamas School District Business Office.