Why is the district considering asking voters to approve a school bond?
Safety and Security is an Urgent Priority
Every school in the Oregon City School District has communications systems, locks, front entries and security systems in need of repair or replacement. Fire alarm systems and sprinklers also need repair or replacement.
Our School Buildings are Inefficient and in Need of Repair
The average age of our elementary and middle schools is 61 years old and some schools are nearly 100 years old. This means their electrical, plumbing, heating, and cooling systems are inefficient, out-of-date and in some cases so old the district cannot find replacement parts.
Some Schools Need Replacement
Both Odgen and Gardiner middle schools have significant challenges and limitations that need urent attention. An architectural assessment of both found inadequate learning spaces, air quality issues, safety concerns and significant problems with siding, windows and roofs.
Our middle schools are serving 140% more students than they were built for. The original building were designed for enrollments of about 600 students. Currently we have 800 - 875 students at each campus.