4J schools will see improvements from bond measure in coming months

4J officials said over the next couple of years, schools will start seeing small improvements, including technology and security.

Posted: Nov. 7, 2018 11:03 PM
Updated: Nov. 7, 2018 11:18 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Less than 24 hours after the 4J school bond measure passed, the 4J school board got back to business.

Though no major time lines were actually discussed at Monday evening's school board meeting, district spokesperson Kerry Delf is happy to announce that schools across the district will start seeing those small improvements being made over the next couple of years.

"Some things like technology improvements, some security improvements could be beginning by the end of next school year, and be in place certainly by the end of next calendar year," Delf said.

Delf said once the final numbers are in and the passage of the bond measure is confirmed, money from the bond measure will start coming in next spring.

However, those big improvements, like new buildings and remodels, won't be happening just yet.

Superintendent Gustavo Balderas said that's because those require a lot of planning.

"The mid-range plan is getting the high school built for the most part in North Eugene, and then a longer-range plan, and that's going to take some time," Balderas said. "The longer-range plan is definitely going to take more time, but I do agree we do need to get out in front of communities to start the navigation of the re-locations."

While that planning is going on, those technology, security and even seismic upgrades will be getting started.

As for the construction and remodeling of schools, Balderas said that likely won't happen for at least another couple of years.

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