The Beaverton School Bond
The School Bond
Make critical repairs and ease overcrowding for the schools our kids deserve.
Beaverton has great kids. And our Beaverton Schools do a good job of giving them a great education. But the fact is that it is delivering that education in schools that are often overcrowded, aging, and in need of critical repairs.
Our children and teachers deserve schools that are safe and sound. That is why this May’s Beaverton School Bond is so important.
Beaverton is Oregon’s third-largest school district, educating nearly 40,000 students in 51 schools. 19 of Beaverton’s 51 schools are over capacity. And while the district works hard to keep them in good shape, it has been eight years since we passed the last facilities bond. As a result:
- Schools throughout the district require major repairs to protect their structural integrity, including 20 deteriorating roofs.
- Many schools have critical safety issues, from dirty drinking water from rusty pipes, to asbestos, to outdated security.
- And as our district has grown by 2,600 since 2006, overcrowding is a serious problem. We have students jammed in over 200 classrooms in 144 portables.
No Increase in Tax Rate
Schools are the foundation of our community and our economy, whether or not we have children or grandchildren in them today. The Bond will raise $680 million by maintaining a bond tax rate of $2.11 per $1,000 of assessed value. And because it replaces some expiring bonds, it will not increase the current tax rate we are paying today.
Safe and sound schools for Beaverton with no tax increase is a great value for all of us.
The Beaverton School Bond will address these and other urgent issues, including:
- Provide critical and postponed repairs to aging schools throughout the District such as replacing deteriorating roofs and upgrading outdated heating, ventilation, and plumbing systems.
- Modernize and renovate existing schools and facilities to reduce overcrowding and improve learning environments.
- Replace four outdated schools, which means lower operating costs.
- Update learning equipment, digital curriculum and materials, technology in classrooms, libraries, and computer and science labs.
- Update school safety and security systems to improve student and staff safety.