The Woodburn School Board has voted to place a bond resolution on the May 20 Primary Election ballot to provide upgraded and expanded facilities for its growing student population.

The school board has spent months considering a bond because of an increasingly diminished amount of classroom space in the district. The student population in Woodburn schools has grown by 30 percent in the last 10 years, but no new classrooms have been added.

Board members, who made the unanimous motion Thursday night, stand behind the 20-year $65 million bond, in part, because it will replace a bond that expires at the end of the year, making it revenue neutral.

District officials pointed out that the estimated property tax rate is $2.40 per $1,000 assessed, 7 cents less than the current bond that expires this year. This means the owner of a $100,000 home would see taxes for schools decrease from $247 to an estimated $240 per year (or $20.58 to $20 per month) if the bond is approved by voters in May.

“Student achievement is linked to safe and well-maintained schools,” said Superintendent Chuck Ransom in a press release. “This bond would continue funding for repairs, renovations and school safety improvements at a lower tax rate for the community.”

While the state provides revenue for student instruction, voter-approved bonds are the only source of funding a school district has for major repairs and renovations to its schools, he pointed out.

The bond package includes major repairs to existing buildings for 20-year-old roofing and heating systems; the upgrading of security systems and technology in order to create safer schools; the renovation or redevelopment of property to add classroom space.

“Our old bond is expiring, and the school board was adamant that the next bond be less,” said Superintendent Ransom. “We can repair and renovate our schools, improve school safety and reduce taxes for the community.”

The last time Woodburn approved a bond was nearly 20 years ago. That bond built the Heritage Elementary-Valor Middle School campus, which is now overflowing with nearly 1,600 students.

Ransom has visited community organizations to talk about the bond proposal and extends the opportunity to others. Organized school tours are also open to the public. To set up an appointment, contact Jenne Garcia at 503-981-2701 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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