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School district had been moving forward with $75 million bond ask in May election

PMG FILE PHOTO: KRISTEN WOHLERS - Among the projects to be included in the bond is a rebuild of Canby High School's science wing.

The Canby School District school board had recently decided to go forward with asking voters to support a $75 million general obligation bond, but that's now on hold.

Board Chair Angi Dilkes announced the pause in the process at an online board meeting April 2.

"Essentially, the update is: everything's on hold," Dilkes said. "As you all know, we moved forward to put a bond on the ballot, and then the entire world changed."

Indeed, the world, as we all know, is enduring a global COVID-19 pandemic that has affected all aspects of society, including education. Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced April 8 that students would not return to school this academic year.

But still, the May election is on.

And as that May 19 election approaches, Dilkes said the district had planned to engage citizens about what the bond was going to pay for and why leaders felt it was necessary. She reiterated, that process is on hold.

However, the district team did submit the required information for the voters' pamphlet, and an informational website is still up at canbyschoolbond.org.

Dilkes suggested the board revisit the subject at the next school board meeting.


Kristen Wohlers
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