The Woodburn School District will host five public forum meetings for its community and parents to learn about the district’s plans to develop a bond measure that will be presented to the community during the primary election in May.

The public forums will present an opportunity to ask questions and give feedback on the bond.

The bond is unique in that it will be “revenue neutral,” which means taxes will not increase for property owners.

This is possible because an old bond for the school district will retire before the new one would take effect.

The student population in Woodburn schools has increased by 30 percent (1,340) in 10 years. In the same time period, the district’s ending fund balance has gone from $12 million to $2.5 million.

The district does not have the resources to build new facilities without a bond.

The public forums are open to the public and will be held on the following dates:

Tuesday, Dec. 3, 6:30 p.m.

Heritage and Valor - Valor Cafeteria

450 Parr Road, Woodburn

Tuesday, Dec. 10, 6 p.m.

Washington Elementary Library

777 E. Lincoln St., Woodburn

Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, 6:30 p.m.

Nellie Muir – Library

1800 W. Hayes St., Woodburn

Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, 6:30 p.m.

Woodburn High School – Lectorium

1785 N. Front St., Woodburn

Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 5:30 p.m.

Lincoln and French Prairie – Lincoln Gym

1041 N. Boones Ferry Road, Woodburn

If you cannot attend one of the public forums, contact the school district office at 503-981-9555 with any questions about the revenue neutral bond, to provide comments or to arrange a tour of local schools to see the capacity constraints the district faces.

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