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LCC moves ahead on bond projects after voter approval

Safety and security projects will take priority once the bond money starts to become available early next year.

Posted: May 20, 2020 6:19 PM
Updated: May 20, 2020 6:21 PM

EUGENE, Ore.-- Voters approved Lane Community College's $121.5 million bond measure Tuesday night and officials are already looking ahead as planning begins.

According to LCC President Margaret Hamilton, safety and security projects will take priority once the bond money starts to become available early next year.

Infrastructure improvements like earthquake preparation, ADA accessibility improvements, and HVAC and roofing upgrades comprise $32.5 million of the bond money. Cybersecurity upgrades and physical security measures like automatic locking mechanisms, cameras and increased lighting are included as well.

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"We'll go as fast as we can without totally disrupting students and staff," said Hamilton.

With the passing of the bond, the college will receive $8 million in state funds. Just a day after the bond measure was approved, the state approved an additional $2.5 million seismic grant. 

A total of $77 million will be going to improvements for health care and manufacturing programs. Officials say up-to-date equipment for training and simulation will improve the education they are able to provide.

"We want people to get that training at Lane, and then go off with stackable credentials so they can learn the skill, go to work, and when they are ready for different skills, come back," said Hamilton.

Also included is a new health sciences building for their dental program.

According to Hamilton, the curricula for these programs are already in various stages of preparation and augmentation with the new equipment in mind.

Officials said LCC's board has created a citizen review board to hold the school accountable for the proper use of the bond money.

According to Hamilton, the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic isn't expected to impact the scope of the bond projects.

The average homeowner will pay $36 a year in taxes.

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