Roseburg Public Schools invites the community to learn more about the school bond that will appear on the May ballot during an Open House at Roseburg High School on April 26.
The School Bond Open House will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. April 26 in the Student Center. District leaders, staff and students will be on hand to share information about how the bond, if passed, would address health and safety needs, repair and update aging school buildings, and expand student opportunities at every school in the district.
Tours will also be given of the Old Main and the Career and Technical Education facility at RHS. If passed, the bond calls for the construction of a New Heritage building to replace the Old Main, which was built in 1926. The bond would also expand infrastructure and resources for the school’s expansive CTE programs.
“These schools are our community’s schools, and we want everyone to be able to ask as many questions and learn as much information as they can about this process,” said Superintendent Jared Cordon.
The bond development process has been community-driven from the beginning, with a Community Bond Development Committee formed in August to help prioritize district needs.The committee was made up of school staff, parents, and community and business partners. The School Board accepted the committee’s recommendations for a bond proposal and unanimously voted to put the bond measure on the May 17 ballot.
The bond, if passed, would invest $154 million into Roseburg Public Schools plus $5.8 million in matching grants from the state. The bond would cost an estimated $1.85 per $1,000 of assessed property value.
If the bond passes, the new tax rate would go into effect in November. An independent citizen-led Bond Oversight Committee would be established to oversee the use of bond funds if the bond passes in addition to regular, independent audits.
To learn more about the open house and the proposed bond, visit www.roseburgschoolbond.org.