If passed, the bond would raise approximately $75.51 million for proposed projects. Roseburg Public Schools would also receive over $5.8 million in matching grants from the state.
The bond would cost an estimated $0.99 per $1,000 of assessed property value. For example, owners of a home with an assessed value (not market value) of $250,000 could expect to pay approximately $247.50 per year or about $20.60 per month.
The last bond measure to pass in Roseburg was in 2000. That bond raised $23.9 million to fund major construction and restructuring projects primarily at Roseburg High School. That bond was retired in December 2020. Since then, the district has not been drawing taxes for facility improvements.
If the proposed measure passes, the school district would:
Address School Security
- Controlled access systems district-wide.
- Electric strike exterior and interior doors throughout all buildings (allows for one-push emergency protocol response action).
- Protective window film.
- Camera system completion district-wide.
- Perimeter fencing installation around athletic properties at secondary schools.
Update Health and Safety Standards
- Air quality: Upgrade and install heating/cooling/air exchange systems district-wide.
- Roofing: Immediate and long-term projects.
- Pipe, fixture, hand-washing station replacements district-wide.
- Bathroom facility additions.
- Panel upgrades district-wide.
- Additional classroom circuits and outlets district-wide.
- Upgrade facility electrical service.
- Fire alarm detection and notification system upgrade district-wide.
- Asbestos removal district-wide
- Including new flooring for abated areas.
- Including new piping insulation as a result of asbestos abatement.
Expand Learning and Workforce Development Opportunities
- Rebuild the Old Main at Roseburg High School to create a modern facility that would expand learning, career and technical education and vocational education (trades) opportunities, and that would include historical architectural elements.
Why is the proposed measure being referred to voters?
Because of historical changes in how public schools are funded in Oregon, school districts rely on community bond levies to fund new construction and major renovations. The funding school districts receive from local, state and federal sources is intended for direct student instruction and such funding is not intended for large building projects.
The average age of our schools is around 74 years. Although the district sets aside funds each year for general maintenance and repairs, our schools continue to age. The Roseburg community has passed one school bond in over 40 years, which funded projects at Roseburg High School in the early 2000s.