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Woodburn School District plans $70 million bond in May

by: FILE PHOTO - Chuck Ransom At last week's Woodburn City Council meeting, Chuck Ransom, superintendent of the Woodburn School District, announced the district’s plans to seek a $70 million bond in the May election.

The bond would be revenue neutral, which means that if passed, district voters would not pay increased taxes.

With the bond money, the district would upgrade its facilities and improve technology in the schools, Ransom said.

“The $70 million gives us what we need to get things done,” Ransom told the council. “We don’t have space for the kids we have now. We don’t have revenues to keep up with the facilities. You can only do so much with existing capacity.”

In the next couple of months, the district will come out with a list of items from different projects that would be tackled with revenues from the bond, Ransom said.

“We will put out a bond to the voters that the community can get behind and support,” he said.