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Ballot Measure could allocate $4M to Lowell school repairs

One measure would have a significant impact on the students and faculty of the Lowell School District. Measure 20-279 would allocate $4 million in tax dollars to the repairing and retrofitting of Lowell's schools.

Posted: Nov. 7, 2017 9:02 AM
Updated: Nov. 7, 2017 3:32 PM

It's your voice, your vote. Tuesday is election day, and there are nine different measures on the ballot this year.

One measure would have a significant impact on the students and faculty of the Lowell School District. Measure 20-279 would allocate $4 million in tax dollars to the repairing and retrofitting of Lowell's schools.

Although district officials said the schools may look nice on the outside, there is much work to be done on the inside.

The $4 million, which will combine with another $4 million from grants and district funds, would give the school district the opportunity to upgrade and retrofit both the high school and elementary school.

The biggest issues are the plumbing and electrical wiring, most of which hasn't been updated since the schools were built nearly 80 years ago.

Superintendent In-waiting Johnie Matthews said if the measure is passed Tuesday, they will have enough money to start making changes, and he said the community seems to be pretty excited about it.

"They're very supportive," Matthews said. "I think they understand that it's very community oriented, that the school is the mecca of the town and a lot of the voters have children in the school so they know it's going to directly benefit them, so I feel positive about it."

School district board members voted back in August to put the measure on this year's ballot.

If the measure passes, the district hopes to start making changes in a couple of months and to have the project fully completed by 2019.

Tuesday is the last day to vote, so if you haven't already, you can turn your ballot in at one of the seventeen drop site locations in Lane County.

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