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Beaverton school bond supporters hit the phones as ballots hit mailboxes

Ballots for the Nov. 7 Beaverton School District bond election - along with other ballot measures and legislative races - should begin arriving in mailboxes this weekend.

Of the total 250,208 ballots to be mailed Friday to registered voters, 120,744 will go to voters in the Beaverton School District, according to the Washington County Elections Office.

The district is asking voters to approve a $195 million bond measure to build two elementary schools, renovate or add classrooms at many district schools and to purchase space for two high school options programs.

Citizens for School Support, an advocacy group working for the passage of the bond, has been busy over the three weeks with an extensive phone-calling campaign, according to Michelle Fricke, the organization's campaign manager.

She said volunteers will go door-to-door this weekend and next to help get the vote out.

Meanwhile, both the Beaverton Education Association (the district's teacher's union) and the Beaverton chapter of the Oregon School Employees Association (the organization representing classified employees) have contributed to the campaigns, both giving $20,000 checks to Citizens for School Support.

'We're very much in support of this,' said Hanna Vaandering, president of the Beaverton Education Association. 'We need it for our kids, we need it for our staff and we need it for our community.'

Steve Specht, Beaverton chapter president of the Oregon School Employees Association, said the local and state chapter of the organization was supportive of the bond as well.

'We understand the overcrowding and we just want to support our schools and have a good environment (for students) to learn in,' he said.