Sutherlin voters to decide $22M school bond in May

District officials said the money would go toward $26 million in safety and improvement projects across the district.

Posted: Feb 3, 2020 6:46 PM

SUTHERLIN, Ore. -- The Sutherlin School District is asking voters to pass a $22 million bond measure on the May 2020 ballot.

District officials said the money would go toward $26 million in safety and improvement projects across the district.

This comes two years after voters shot down a $42.5 million bond in May 2018 to address the same projects.

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They said they already have $4 million in matching grant funds from the state’s Oregon School Capital Improvement Matching Program.

The focus will be on infrastructure improvements, replacing the security systems and improving the school’s communication systems, they said.

Most importantly, district officials said they’re hoping to tear down the West Intermediate School on N. Comstock Avenue and rebuild the school as a two-story building on a district-owned property on Umatilla Street.

“(We’re) just protecting the investment that the community has already made in our schools,” Superintendent Terry Prestianni said.

Prestianni said the bond will take 30 years to get paid off.

He said it will cost a homeowner about $1.29 per 1,000. That’s about $129 a year and $10.75 a month.

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