Salem-Keizer Public Schools will share information about the proposed $619.7 million bond on the May 15 ballot in a series of upcoming community meetings. The proposed bond would address overcrowding, expand career-technical (vocational) education opportunities, expand science classrooms, and increase safety and security in schools.
Parents, employees and interested community members are encouraged to attend and learn and ask questions about how the proposed bond would impact schools and the educational environment. Meetings will also will be streamed live on Facebook, www.facebook.com/salemkeizerschools.
Meeting dates and locations:
- April 12 at 6:00 p.m. at North Salem High School, 765 14th St. NE in Salem
- April 17 at 6:00 p.m. at McNary High School, 595 Chemawa Road N in Keizer
- April 18 at 6:00 p.m. at South Salem High School, 1910 Church St. SE in Salem
- April 19 at 6:00 p.m. at McKay High School, 2440 Lancaster Drive NE in Salem
- April 23 at 6:00 p.m. at Sprague High School, 2373 Kuebler Blvd. in Salem
- April 25 at 7:00 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church, 1525 Glen Creek Rd. in West Salem
Each meeting will focus on plans specific to the schools in the neighborhood, however information about all schools will be available.
English to Spanish and sign language interpreters will be available to provide live translation services.
If passed by voters on May 15, the proposed $619.7 million bond would increase the current property tax levy rate by an estimated $1.24 per $1,000 of assessed property value. If the bond is not passed, the additional tax would not be levied and the listed projects would not be completed. The Community Facilities Task Force reviewed all funding methods available to the district and recommended the School Board place a general obligation bond on the ballot for voters to consider. The district would receive an $8 million grant from the state if the bond passes.