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4J School District is asking for the community's help

The 4J Eugene School District wants to know what the community would like to see done with a current proposed bond measure.

Posted: Feb 15, 2018 1:03 PM
Updated: Feb 15, 2018 1:41 PM

EUGENE, Ore. - The 4J Eugene School District is holding several community forums to hear from the public about what they'd like to see done with the money from a bond measure they've currently proposed.

Staff with the district said they have a long-range facilities plan that was updated in 2013. This plan requires a couple of bond measures.

The first passed in 2013. It improved River Road/El Camino del Rio Elementary School, Roosevelt Middle School, Arts & Technology Academy, and Howard Elementary School.

It hasn't yet been decided what the current bond measure would affect. The district said that's partially for the community to decide.

Public discussions will be held to address things that the community wants updated within schools and which buildings they'd like to see receive the attention.

In the wake of the tragic shooting in Parkland, Florida, they're expecting security to be a topic of discussion.

Staff with the district said security improvements could come in the form of adding additional security to existing buildings or building new schools with new security features in mind.

"The district places a top priority on safety and security for our students. Schools are very safe places for students to be, and we are always working to ensure that we make them even safer," said Kerry Delf, a spokesperson for the 4J Eugene School District.

Delf said not only can all 4J schools go into lockdown with the push of a button, but they also spend extensive time training staff for various scenarios and running lockdown drills with students.

Delf said two of the schools being considered for improvements are North Eugene High School and Edison Elementary School, two of the oldest in the district.

Visit their website to find out when and where the meetings will be held.

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