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Yes to Beaverton schools bond

Voters living in the Beaverton School District should approve bond Measure 34-115, which will build two new elementary schools, add dozens of additional classrooms at existing overcrowded schools and provide needed repairs at many aging schools.

Continued population growth drives the need for the $195 million bond, which will cost property owners an estimated average of 47 cents per $1,000 of assessed value. It is the education of students that suffers when classrooms and entire schools are overcrowded, or when safety measures, major building maintenance and roof repairs are funded by operating funds that should be dedicated to teaching students.

Beaverton area voters have historically supported their schools. They should continue to so do by approving the Beaverton schools bond measure in the May 16 vote-by-mail election.