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Superintendent of Woodburn School District provides an update on bond construction projects

In May of 2015, the Woodburn community approved a $65 million bond to fund additional space for students, major repairs and maintenance to our schools, and improvements to security/technology systems. Adequate space and safe facilities are just as important to learning as books and teachers.

This holiday season, we want you to know that we are extremely thankful for the support of our community for these constructions projects and our students. The children entrusted to our care feel this support as reflected in the high graduation rates. In addition to academic achievement, our Bulldogs recently won the state soccer championship, and the Woodburn Mariachi Band was invited to play at the annual Oregon School Boards Association convention.

We have and will continue to spend a significant amount of time communicating with you about the progress being made on individual projects. You can view or sign up for regular bond updates on our website at www.woodburnsd.org/bond-updates/. We have added cameras at local project sites so you can witness the daily progress online, as well.

We also appointed a Bond Advisory & Accountability Committee to make recommendations to the Woodburn School Board as these projects progress. You can see their meeting agendas and minutes on our website.

These are large-scale construction projects and not without some challenges. For example, the economy has recovered and the construction industry is booming. There is a huge demand for contractors, skilled labor and materials at the moment. Add to that inflationary pressures, and the costs for our projects have increased.

This is further exacerbated if projects are delayed due to land use or permitting considerations, or other complex factors involved when working within the city of Woodburn on large-scale construction projects. Success High School is an example of this. As a result, we are looking at each project to make sure it stays on budget, or find additional funding sources to complete essential work.

I keep directing people to the website for information about bond-funded projects. There is a host of other information there, as well. This communication tool has been critical to transparency and accountability to our taxpayers and community. If you have questions after reviewing the content, please feel free to contact me.

Again, our students succeed thanks to the support and caring of Woodburn residents. In our minds, this is truly the spirit of the holidays, and we are grateful this holiday season and always.

Chuck Ransom is superintendent of the Woodburn School District. He can be reached at 503-981-2727 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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