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Unofficial election results show the $24 million Jefferson County School District school bond passing

PMG PHOTO: HOLLY SCHOLZ - The $24 million bond will fund several repairs and upgrades at Madras Elementary School, including ADA improvements and asbestos abatement.

Jefferson County School District 509-J leaders thanked voters for approving the $24 million school bond during the Nov. 2 special election.

As of Wednesday morning, Nov. 3, the bond to address health and safety, repair and update facilities was passing with 57.7% of the vote. No votes were 42.3%.

"We are grateful to the voters of Jefferson County for investing in our students," said Jefferson County School District Superintendent Jay Mathisen. "With the passing of this bond measure, we can ensure that our students will continue to flourish in 509-J schools for generations to come."

Bond funds will be used to repair and update aging facilities and expand vocational programs and early learning. The district will repair school building roofs, heating and cooling systems, and provide new key and access control, among other maintenance projects. Plans call for Madras High School to get a new soccer concession and restroom facility and field lights.

The district says the $24 million bond, titled Bond to Address Health and Safety; Repair, Update Facilities, will maintain the current tax rate. The district applied for a matching grant opportunity through the Oregon State Capital Improvement Matching Program and was awarded a $4 million matching grant, but only if the proposed measure passes. The district will have $28 million for the proposed bond projects.

The bond website, 509jschoolbond.org, provides more details about the bond and a complete listing of proposed projects.

Unofficial election results on Wednesday morning list 1,807 yes votes and 1,324 no votes for the school bond.

Of the 16,411 Jefferson County registered voters, 5,397 had turned in ballots, a 32.9% voter turnout.


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