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School Bond Vote Narrowly Passing

5-20 pleasant hillUPDATE — As of Wednesday morning, the Pleasant Hill school bond was passing by 19 votes.

PLEASANT HILL, Ore. — School administrators and Pleasant Hill families were among those who gathered to watch the results of the school bond measure Tuesday night. With the race within a handful of votes all night, bond supporters say they’re anxiously awaiting the final results.

Around 70 people gathered in Pleasant Hill in support of the bond measure. Those supporters say this measure is necessary because the district schools haven’t been renovated in decades.

Even as the last votes were tallied Tuesday night, the district’s superintendent says he’s still a bit anxious because the measure that was within a handful of votes all night is failing by four votes right now.

“Looking at a plan now. There are needs that need to be addressed, and so the next step would be how do we go about addressing these, kind of regrouping some people who would be part of this and figuring out what the next step would be,” said Tony Scurto, Pleasant Hill Superintendent.

Money from this bond measure would also be used for security improvements at the high school and Internet upgrades.

Some parents who were at the watch party Tuesday night say they’ve spent months campaigning for this bond measure to pass. However, they say watching the results come in was like walking on pins and needles because they didn’t know which way the vote would go.

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  1. Jeannetta says:

    This is such a tragic thing for a couple of reasons; first, their “Continue the Excellence” is a fallacy. The majority of the funds are slated to go for building renovations and upgrades; that has nothing to do with the excellence of education; they were mislead the voters.
    Secondly, some of those slated renovations were to do with creating more classrooms for the elementary school; they just CLOSED and SOLD a fully functioning elementary school; this just was extremely poor planning.
    They put in a new, expensive Astro Turf field, which wasn’t necessary, and is a very poor decision if the building needs renovating.
    One thing that was slated, was more science labs; this was the only valuable, and necessary thing, and wouldn’t require $17M dollars.

    1. Billie says:

      I’d call this the opposite of tragic – quite a heartening show of support from the community for the school! In the end, it will benefit the community through increased demand for property, as well as happier students with a better learning environment.

      Regarding your specific points, my understanding of them:
      – The track and field (as well as the new community center) was funded by private donations from strong school supporters. The facilities are well used by both the school and the community.
      – The school district indeed closed two buildings to go from four total to two due to decreasing enrollment. This was a huge budget win, and the two closed buildings were extremely old regardless (so they would need expensive repairs even if they were retained). The new student wings funded by the bond will cover the slight gaps remaining at a much lower cost than retaining the two old buildings.
      – Agreed, the new science labs should be great!

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