EUGENE, Ore. – The Bethel School Board voted unanimously on Monday to put a $99 million bond to fund school upgrades before voters on the November ballot.
Half the money would be for safety upgrades, basic repairs of school buildings, materials for students and a new education center at Willamette High School focusing on hands-on programs. The other half would finance the replacement of Cascade Middle School.
Officials said Cascade is the oldest school in the district and has structural, mechanical and design issues.
District leaders said the school bond, if approved, will not result in a tax increase. The state is also offering a matching grant of $6 million if the bond measure is approved.
Pat McGillivray, a spokesperson for the district, said with old bonds being paid off and because the new bond would maintain the current tax rate, Bethel residents would continue to have one of the lowest school property tax rates in the area.
Bethel’s last bond passed in 2012 with 73% voting in favor.
The Bethel School District includes 11 schools and more than 5,600 students as of 2018.