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Springfield Reacts to Failing Measure

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SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — The Springfield School District is trying to figure out what’s next after its school bond failed Tuesday night 48 to 52 percent.

The district says Hamlin Middle School won’t be functional much longer.

Morale was low Wednesday at Hamlin Middle School and across the school district. District administrators say it wasn’t the outcome they were hoping for, but now it’s time to get back to the drawing board.

Over the next several months, the district plans to have a frank conversation with the community about what was not acceptable and how they can move forward to get Hamlin Middle School rebuilt, as well as other improvements across the district.

Teachers at Hamlin say without the bond, the school can’t provide the best for its students.

“Nothing here has changed. We still have a lot of things that we need that we don’t currently have. And as a teacher, there’s a lot of ways that that makes my job harder,” said Elizabeth, Shulman, Hamlin Middle School teacher.

Shulman says she understands why it would be frustrating as a student because it sends a message that it’s not important. Hamlin Principal Kevin Wright says the district took every measure possible to educate voters on its point of view. Wright says a new facility would have gone a long way in preparing students for the future.

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  1. Duane Canaday says:

    Springfield schools should look to open source to refurbish their computers.
    The internet runs on open source software for the most part. It is reliable and students are quite able to adapt, maybe more easily than adults. There are solutions that do not require pouring more money into Microsoft products which are too expensive. There are people in the area who could help the school district switch to open source software and many schools are doing it.
    I totally agree that Hamlin must be replaced. That is a no brainer. Throwing more money into Microsoft products that will be replaced with something perhaps worse is a bad idea.
    Please consider this. There are Linux experts in the eugene and corvallis areas that could advise you on how to do this and other schools have already done it.
    Duane Canaday

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