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If passed, district would get $3.9 million matching funds and replace unsafe middle school

PMG FILE PHOTO - The unsafe Corbett Middle School building would be shuttered and students sent to another building if the proposed $4 million bond is passed by voters in November. The Corbett School Board will place a $4 million bond before voters this November, the board approved the plan Monday, Aug. 10.

Designed to get students out of Corbett's unsafe middle school building, the bond will also make other school building upgrades.

"We've been working for a long time to get the middle schoolers into adequate facilities," Michelle Vo, chairman of the Corbett School Board told the Outlook. "Now, we have the opportunity to do that."

If approved, the bond would pay for a replacement Corbett Middle School, which also housed the district office. Corbett High School, the grade school and other district buildings would also get improvements. The school district would also receive a $3.9 million state matching grant if voters pass the bond on Nov. 3. If voters give a thumbs down to the bond, the state money will go to another district.

"We're lucky to have drawn the golden ticket," Vo said of the state grant at an Aug. 10, virtual school board meeting. It essentially doubles the district's buying power in fixing up school facilities.

Some of the bond money will be used to renovate the mothballed building purchased from the Reynolds School District, formerly the Natural Resources Academy, 31600 E. Woodard Road, in Troutdale. Once remodeled, it will replace the old Corbett Middle School, which has been considered unsafe for years.

The 14,158-square-foot Natural Resources Academy was purchased "as is" for $500,000 and needs upgrades to make it a viable middle school. Since the building was a school in the past, it will not require significant renovation.

The bond would cost homeowners up to $1.02 cents per $1,000 assessed value of their homes. A home with an assessed value of $200,000 would cost homeowners $204 per year or about $17 per month.

There was no discussion at the Aug. 10 meeting about what will happen to the old middle school building after it is closed.

The Corbett district has had a difficult time convincing voters to pass a bond in recent years. Corbett school bonds failed in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.


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