On May 15, 2018, the Salem-Keizer community voted to approve a $619.7 million bond to fund school expansions to relieve overcrowding and prepare for future enrollment growth, add career-technical education spaces and science labs, improve safety and security, address future maintenance needs, expand access to technology and improve ADA access.
Improvements are planned at every school in Salem-Keizer under the 2018 bond program. Twenty-nine schools are planned to receive major capital improvements, such as classroom additions, new gymnasiums, cafeteria expansions, parking and traffic flow improvements and more. Details of projects planned at schools on the Bond Projects page.
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In 2015, the district began the process of updating the Long Range Facilities Plan (LRFP). The LRFP outlines the facility improvements needed to support projected enrollment growth and to provide the right kinds of spaces to support educational programs. For example, science and Career-Technical/Vocational Education programs require special types of spaces and equipment. The total estimated cost of all work listed in the plan is $766 million.
Read the Final Long Range Facilities Plan (PDF)
The School Board instructed Superintendent Perry to form a Community Facilities Task Force to review the Draft Long Range Facilities Plan. The 18-member Task Force met over several months and reviewed every page of the Plan. The Task Force’s work resulted in a report to the School Board that recommended the Board pursue a general obligation bond to fund the work.
Visit the Community Facilities Task Force page for full details
The School Board accepted the Community Facilities Task Force report and instructed district staff to perform a bond feasibility study. The study was conducted in a phone survey of Salem and Keizer residents. The intent of the survey was to determine the community’s priorities for district facilities and willingness to support the work through property taxes. The results of the poll showed that the community is supportive of addressing the facility needs of the school district, but has concerns about the cost. In the survey, the community indicated support for a tax increase between $1.51 to $2.50 per thousand of assessed property value to pay for the work.
The School Board responded to the community’s feedback by asking district staff to reduce the size of the bond package. Staff revised and recalculated the list and presented a smaller package to the School Board at the end of May 2017. The revised package was about 19 percent less than the original package and totaled around $620 million. This revised package was the basis for the School Board’s continued work to finalize the bond measure. The School Board voted to place a bond measure on the May 2018 ballot and continued to work on finalizing the bond package.
In the fall of 2017, parents, staff and members of the community were invited to attend one or more of six Listening & Learning Forums about the bond. Meetings were held at each traditional high school. Attendees heard a presentation about the bond and then met with school principals and Facilities & Planning Department staff to view concept maps, talk about projects planned for each school and ask questions. Feedback was collected at the Forums and was compiled into a report for the School Board.
Download the Fall 2017 Listening & Learning Forum presentation (PDF) English l Spanish
After three special meetings to review feedback from the community and staff on the base bond package, and receiving additional information regarding special education program needs at high schools, seismic review panel information, land acquisition needs and other program considerations, the School Board asked staff to again revise the bond package, considering the following guidance:
At its December 12, 2017 meeting, the Board heard the first reading of a revised package totaling $619.7 million and includes the following changes, and others:
The $619.7 million general obligation bond was estimated to increase the current property tax levy rate by $1.24 per thousand of assessed property value, or about $248 per year on a home valued at $200,000.
At its January 9, 2018 meeting, the School Board unanimously approved the final bond package, and heard the first reading of the Resolution to call a measure election and the Ballot Title to be included in the voter’s pamphlet.
At its February 13, 2018 meeting, the School Board approved the resolution calling for a measure election and the ballot title. The ballot title was then filed with Marion County Elections to formally place the measure on the ballot for the community to consider.