1. POTENTIAL BOND ELECTION

The Oakridge School District Board of Directors is considering placing a bond measure on the November 7, 2017 ballot. If the voters approve the bond, Oakridge would then be eligible for up to an additional $4 million matching grant from the State.  If the bond does not pass the $4 million would go to another district in Oregon.  Also, the District has a current bond which will be retiring.  This means that Oakridge could pass a new bond without increasing taxes and get up to a $4 million dollar matching grant.  This would mean $8 million towards improving the District facilities to ensure the children of Oakridge have a safe learning environment for many years to come without increasing your taxes.  

The School Board has hired architects, mechanical engineers and structural engineers to help us determine the current condition of our buildings. We are still in the process of itemizing specific issues and determining the associated costs.

The Oakridge School Board is polling the District to determine if the voters are open to a bond election and if so, what are the voter’s priorities.  The Board is using this survey as a way to involve residents as, "advisors to the Board" regarding this issue.  There will be multiple in-person opportunities for the community to offer advice to the Board regarding a potential bond.  

                                                                             FACILITIES CONDITION
Oakridge Junior and Senior High School (1953-1974)
About 2/3rd’s of the existing Junior/Senior High School has a leaky roof with rusty flashing and standing water.  Both interior and exterior painting and sealing is needed.

The existing heating and ventilating systems are well past their expected life span.  The control systems for the heating and ventilating systems have failed. 

The structural review of the building indicates that there are a number of areas where the building should be strengthened to resist earthquakes.  Recommended upgrades include roof sheathing, strengthening of walls and roof.

The building is not compliant with the American Disabilities Act (ADA).

Oakridge Elementary School (1948-1954)
The Oakridge Elementary School is a large wood framed building with no fire protection.  We believe that the building needs a fire sprinkler system.  The classrooms do not currently have adequate outside air or cooling resulting in stuffy, hot teaching spaces.

The structural review of the building indicates that there are a number of areas where the building should be strengthened to resist earthquakes.  Recommended upgrades include roof sheathing, strengthening of walls and roof.

The building is not compliant with the ADA.

                                                                             SITE & SECURITY
The schools should have complete security system coverage. Site lighting and camera coverage should be improved.  Fencing around the schools should be improved to limit access to better secure the campus.  

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* 1. Would you support a general obligation bond to repair failed systems, make safety and security improvements and replace failed infrastructure if there is NO INCREASE in the current tax rate?

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* 2. Do you think it is more important to keep the tax rate the same and accomplish as much work as possible with the available funds or should we address all the needs during the life of this bond?

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* 3. Please rank the following from 1 to 4. 1 is the most important to you and 4 is the least important.

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* 4. I currently have no children attending Oakridge Schools.

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* 5. I am an employee of the District

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* 6. Please enter any additional comments you have about a potential bond election.

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