Salem-Keizer Public Schools host public meetings on nearly $620 mil. bond

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Salem-Keizer Public Schools officials held the first of six public meetings Tuesday regarding a $619.7 million bond facing voters on the May ballot.

The bond will address overcrowding, expanding vocational training, expanding science classrooms and increasing safety in schools.

"We're growing at a rate of 1,000 kids every five years. We don't have places to put them," said Lillian Govus, a spokesperson for Salem-Keizer Public Schools.

All schools in the district would get some type of upgrade under the proposal.

A taxpayer with a home value of $200,000 would be taxed about $300 or less, or $1.24 per $1,000 of assessed property value.

Here’s a breakdown of where the money would go:

  • Construction to deal with crowding and expected growth -$442.2M
  • Seismic renovations – $67M
  • Safety and Security – $21.1M
  • Technology and ADA upgrades – $12.7M
  • Improvements for existing – $76.6M

If you'd like to hear more about the bond, attend one of the following meetings. Officials say each one will focus on specific schools within that community, but questions about the bond as a whole will be answered as well.

Here are the meetings:

  • April 12 at North Salem High School, 765 14th St. NE in Salem
  • April 17 at McNary High School, 595 Chemawa Road N in Keizer
  • April 18 at South Salem High School, 1910 Church St. SE in Salem
  • April 19 at McKay High School, 2440 Lancaster Drive NE in Salem
  • April 23 at Sprague High School, 2373 Kuebler Blvd. in Salem

Voters in the school district last approved a $242 million bond in 2008.

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