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Junction City Puts Out Bond Measure

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JUNCTION CITY, Ore. — $32.4 million is what the Junction City School District says it will need to provide its students with the best educational environment they can. Bond measure supporters say it has been decades since these schools were given the attention they need. And they hope the community will band together, as it usually does, to provide children the education they deserve.

Junction City Superintendent Kathleen Rodden-Nord has been with the district for 18 years and got her start as principal of Laurel Elementary back in 1995. That was around the last time the district passed a school bond.

“I’ve been with the district for quite some time and have thought a lot about how sometimes our facilities really limit what we’re able to do for kids and our community,” said Rodden-Nord.

A facilities steering committee met last year and came up with a list of things that needed fixing and Laurel Elementary came out on top.

“We’re functioning in this school. We’re giving kids a great education here. It was built back in 1949 and so obviously, a lot of things have changed and and this school accomodates 500 students, which it was not originally built to do,” said School Board and Political Action Committee Chair Denise Pratt.

And that’s not the only issue.

“The other thing that I think has become more apparent to me in recent years is just how this facility is not really optimally designed for security,” said Rodden-Nord.

The bond money would allow them to replace the school as well as update nearly 20 year-old heating and ventilating systems and outdated communication and security infrastructure throughout the district.

Pratt said, “To educate the kids here, to continue with the quality of education that we feel like we’ve offered, we need to do this and it’s not going to get any cheaper. So the time seemed right and the need is great, so I would ask everyone to vote yes.”

Bond supporters said it’s not easy to ask for so much, but they hope the public understands.

A portion of the money would also rebuild the aging grandstands and lights at Junction City High School. Overall, the bond would cost a $180,000 home about an extra $407 a year. The Yes for JC Schools campaign kicks off next Monday at Laurel Elementary.

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  1. Ahshucks says:

    That’s not to bad only about $40.00 a month for home owners. But what about the rest of the people that live their, do they get a free ride?

  2. jason marks says:

    don’t be conservative or anything… just go for the whole thing.

    and you wonder why people don’t trust officials.

    that won’t pass, you got to greedy. There are other issues coming down the road, it isn’t as simple as saying, just pay one thing once..

  3. Thomas says:

    What the hell is Junction city thinking. A town of 5000 people considering a $200 million bond! These people that are connected with schools are robbers. I hope the people of Junction city are not bamboozled by these robbers. You mean to tell me you cannot teach 500 students for less than $200 million!!

  4. Crazy JC says:

    Insane $407.00 is alot of money when your worried about the cost of food, fuel and unsure about healthcare in the near future. This bond is way to large. This smells of greed!! I forsee that with the added cost of living in this community school enrollment will drop. I know I could not afford it.

  5. Get the facts says:

    Before you comment you should get all the facts. They are not over asking, the initial bond was for more then double this price. They have cut this down quite considerably and have left many things that need to be done off the agenda at this point. There is not only one school involved but 4, so this amount is nothing when it comes to making sure our kids are not drinking from disgusting pipes, freezing in the winter due to lack of proper heating, and upgrading our security systems. I’d rather help them pay to upgrades to the security for our youth then have out town filled with news crews after a horrible school shooting that could have been possibly been stopped with better security. There is much more involved then just what that story covered and you can get the facts from the school district. People that know the whole story will serve us better in life then those who go off with only half the facts.

  6. John P. Gambee says:

    It is over asking, maybe not in terms of price, but definitely in terms of preparation. Why was nobody saving for this? Is the only way to get money in the budget by raising taxes? That idea is insane. What if the budget can’t increase? Real businesses and real households save money for the things they know are coming down the shoot. No matter how much the taxes go up and up and up, it is never enough. Governments need to learn how to budget and cut spending, just like the rest of us do.

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