Opinion: Vote yes on next phase of bond
By now, Lake Oswego voters have received their ballots for the November election in the mail and have the opportunity to vote on Measure 3-577, the Lake Oswego school bond. We, the members of your school board, ask you to join us in voting yes.
This is the second bond in a planned three-phase bond program that is a critical part of the Lake Oswego School District's long term planning. In 2017, Lake Oswego voters overwhelmingly approved the first bond, which revitalized every aspect of our school district's facilities. Hundreds of miles of fiberoptic cables were pulled through newly seismically upgraded walls at every school; new learning spaces for STEM and career education were created; a rehabilitated Oak Creek Elementary School was opened; and a state-of-the-art Lakeridge Middle School was constructed to meet the educational needs of young teens — many of whom, incredibly enough, may lead our city into the 22nd century.
The remainder of the projects that are part of that bond will wrap up in a matter of weeks — on time, and well within budget, thanks to the leadership of our citizen-led bond accountability committee.
This 2021 school bond continues our bond cycle and will execute on the district's long-term plans to keep our schools safe, modern, and exceptional. Funds from the bond will replace portables with modern, permanent classrooms. The bond adds capacity to overcrowded classrooms and common spaces where needed. It invests in energy-efficient heating and cooling systems, with improved air circulation systems that improve air quality, whether impacted by smoke from forest fires or the spread of airborne viruses.
Bond proceeds will pay for technology upgrades, including new computers and AV system, and funds new hands-on STEM and career education-focused classrooms across the district. And for two schools where replacement is more cost-efficient than repair, the bond will allow the district to rebuild Lake Oswego Junior High and River Grove Elementary to the level of educational excellence our students need to succeed in their lives and careers.
In Lake Oswego, our students are so fortunate to have the strong support of our citizens: parents, grandparents, neighbors, business owners, teachers, and caregivers who care about our students' future because they know strong schools mean a strong and vibrant community for everyone, not just the students who experience the schools every day.
Many of you were able to tour our upgraded facilities during the summer; if you missed out on a tour of the new Lakeridge Middle School, there is a link to a virtual tour on the district website: https://www.losdschools.org, as well as a link to a list of all the projects the new bond will get done. Finally, we invite you to visit BuildingGreatLOSchools.com to learn more about the bond and the community leaders who strongly support its passage.
Please remember to return your ballot before 8 p.m. on Nov. 2, and please vote YES on the school bond, Measure 3-577. Help Lake Oswego keep its well-deserved reputation for educational excellence and our buildings on track for repairs and updates. There are remarkable students in our district with dreams of becoming outstanding citizens. Let's do our part to help them realize those dreams.
The Lake Oswego School Board is made up of Chair Kirsten Aird, Vice Chair Neelam Gupta, Board Member Brian Bills, Board Member Liz Hartman and Board Member John Wallin.
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