SKCE wholeheartedly supports the Salem-Keizer Schools Bond Measure!
As our Executive Director says:
“I am proud to be a Salemite and I know my community will step up and support our 42,000 students and their families by saying YES to the Salem-Keizer Schools Bond Measure. Saying YES means that our schools will not be crowded and they will be safe, healthy places with the resources they need to produce successful students and be the best district in the state of Oregon!
SKCE is doing its part to increase student success for 39% of the district (Latino). Please do your part and vote YES on the Salem-Keizer Schools Bond.”
The YesForSalemKeizerSchools website lists 9 bullet points (copied below) for changes in the Salem-Keizer School District facilities that the bond measure would make possible. Notice that 5 of the 9 list items are expanding teaching areas to accommodate the increasing student enrollment in the school district. The last two listed items are to do maintenance for or replacement of worn out facilities. One of the items is to upgrade facilities for that expected major earthquake and one is to improve safety and security – badly needed, considering the nationwide death toll in our schools in the last several years.
- Construct new vocational/technical classrooms
- Make seismic upgrades
- Construct additional space at elementary schools
- Make safety and security improvements districtwide
- Expand and construct additional space at all six of the district’s traditional high schools
- Construct additional space such as classrooms
- New science labs
- Extend the life of existing facilities
- Replace the district’s worn-out portable buildings
This Bond Measure was Created by Volunteer Citizens in the School District
The Salem-Keizer Schools Bond Measure was constructed by the Citizens Facilities Task Force, made up of 20 volunteer citizens who live in the district and who worked very hard to make it meet basic current and long-range future SKSD needs. They not only listened to other local citizens, but did a feasibility survey to make sure the citizens of the district felt that this bond measure – both the total cost and the areas of emphasis – was a measure they wanted and which could get their votes.