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Gresham-Barlow asks for input on potential school bond


Community members will have the opportunity to offer input about a potential bond measure for the Gresham-Barlow School District during a series of forums Jan. 29 through Feb. 13.

With many of its 19 schools at least 40 years old, the district seeks to upgrade buildings, security and technology, along with science, engineering and math classrooms.

Eventually, an advisory committee to the Gresham-Barlow School Board will make a recommendation on a possible school bond proposal, incorporating feedback it receives from community forums.

While five of the forums will focus on district-wide needs, there will be forums specific to Deep Creek Elementary School, West Gresham Elementary School and Gresham High School.

Nearing 100 years old, West Gresham and Gresham High require significant upgrades. The school board also is considering closing Damascus Middle School to make Deep Creek Elementary a kindergarten through eighth grade facility because of declining enrollment.

Eight forums are scheduled, from 7-9 p.m., over the course of three weeks. Forums will begin with the district sharing information about facility needs and continue with an opportunity for participants to ask questions and offer thoughts.

Forums will be held:

• Tuesday, Jan. 29, at Clear Creek Middle School, 219 N.E. 219 Ave., Gresham.

• Wednesday, Jan. 30, at Gordon Russell Middle School, 3625 E. Powell Valley Road, Gresham.

• Monday, Feb. 4, at Dexter McCarty Middle School, 1400 S.E. Fifth St., Gresham.

• Tuesday, Feb. 5, at Deep Creek Elementary School, 15600 S.E. 232nd Drive, Damascus (an overview of possible changes to Deep Creek Elementary School).

• Wednesday, Feb. 6, at Damascus Middle School, 14151 S.E. 242nd Ave., Damascus.

• Monday, Feb. 11, at West Gresham Elementary School, 330 W. Powell Blvd, Gresham (an overview of possible changes to West Gresham Elementary).

• Tuesday, Feb. 12, at West Orient Middle School, 29805 S.E. Orient Drive, Gresham.

• Wednesday, Feb. 13, at Gresham High School, 1200 N. Main Ave., Gresham (an overview of possible changes to Gresham High School).

To register for a forum, visit gresham.k12.or.us. For more information, call the Gresham-Barlow School District at 503-618-2646.