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After review, Scappoose school bond holds up

There is no reason to change a proposed $33.3 million Scappoose School District bond package slated for the November ballot.

That was the finding of the Scappoose School District's Long Range Planning Committee after reviewing the results of a February survey intended to gauge voter support for the initiative.

'The most significant thing is that the committee re-evaluated everything and has decided that the plan is sound, and they believe in all of the components of the plan,' said Scappoose Superintendent Paul Peterson.

The survey, conducted by The Nelson Report, a Portland-based public research group, found that, if held today, 55 percent of the 367 people surveyed would vote in favor of the bond.

In light of the results, Peterson is expected to recommend at the April 14 school board meeting that the board authorize its continued pursuit of the bond as currently presented.

The bond would pay for:

An $18.9 million replacement of Otto H.H. Petersen Elementary School. The new school would be erected next to Grant Watts Elementary School

A $7.5 million project to construct new physical education and fitness space and a 400-seat auditorium

A $5.9 investment in renovation and improvements in districtwide buildings in the areas of electrical, heating and ventilation systems; roofing projects; and safety and security additions

One million dollars would be used to build three new classrooms at Grant Watts Elementary School

If approved, the bond would cost taxpaying homeowners $1.71 per $1,000 of the assessed value of their home.