EUGENE, Ore. -- The Eugene 4J School Board is putting a $319.3 million bond measure before voters this fall.
The board approved the bond Wednesday night. This is the largest bond they've ever put before voters and the district attributes that to rising costs.
It'll pay for the construction of three new schools: North Eugene High School which will cost $135 million, Edison Elementary at $42 million, and Camas Ridge Elementary with a price tag of $40 million.
There are several other projects as well, from maintenance to improvements in curriculum and technology. Mia Kubu, a Gilham Elementary parent, said it's an important investment.
"You're investing in the future of Eugene Springfield area," said Kubu. "If we don't invest in our schools, we're not going to have kids grow up to be the workers, politicians, and people who are making and changing the laws."
She said even though this bond isn't exactly what she had hoped for, she'll still be voting yes on November 6th. As recently as two months ago, the district was considering a bond closer to $400 million.
This new slimmed down version does not include a new elementary school off of Coburg Road, something that had previously been discussed.
This bond does include $9 million in improvements and expansions at Gilham Elementary. If this bond passes, it would pay for the second phase of construction there. The first part was funded by a previous bond.
The district estimates that the bond will cost the average homeowner an extra $11 a month, or about $135 a year. That's on top of the money they already pay to the district.
The 4J District Spokesperson said as the election gets closer, they'll be adding more information about this bond to their website. She also said they plan to hold informational meetings as well.