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Rogue River voters to face school bond

A bond of up to $4 million would pay for new security and facility improvements

Rogue River voters will decide in November whether a property tax increase is worth the investment to help make structural and safety improvements to school district property.

During its meeting Tuesday, the Rogue River School District Board of Directors decided to call for a bond election Nov. 8.

According to the resolution board members passed, the bond amount would not exceed $4 million, and if voters approved, they would see their property taxes increase by $.08 per $1,000 of their home’s assessed value.

If voters approve the bond, the district would receive a matching grant from the state designated for capital improvement projects, bringing the total to $8 million.

Projects proposed within the Rogue River School District would include safety improvements to schools; expanding Rogue River Junior/Senior High School, updating the high school locker room and adding more classroom and common space for junior high students; repairing school plumbing, electrical and kitchen systems; general maintenance, and constructing covered play areas. Many of the projects were ones constituents said they’d favor, according to a survey the district conducted.

Rogue River Schools Superintendent Patrick Lee recently highlighted the potential bond in an online message to constituents.

“Summer may seem like a quiet time, but important preparations are being made for the upcoming school year,” Lee wrote. “One of the bigger things we have been working on is a school bond.”

He told the newspaper that it was always a possibility there would be a second bond to replace one that was passed five years ago and is sun-setting now.

“That bond was targeting HVAC upgrades and asbestos removal in the district,” Lee wrote. “Now that those projects are done and the bond is nearing its end, we are moving on to new projects to see if the voters will support them.”

The school board decision to call for a bond election came just a few weeks after the Eagle Point School District Board tabled a bond proposal for its voters this November, citing current economic conditions.

Reach reporter Kevin Opsahl at 541-776-4476 or kopsahl@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @KevJourno.