Education | Oregon

$66 Million Surplus To Go To Repairs, Renovations In Salem-Keizer Schools

OPB | Oct. 10, 2012 12:21 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

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Oregon’s second-largest school district knows how it will spend about $66 million in excess money. The Salem-Keizer School Board voted Tuesday night to spend it on ongoing repairs and renovations.

Swegle school (file) courtesy Statesman Journal

Swegle school (file) courtesy Statesman Journal

courtesy Statesman Journal

The board had a few options for the money, but hiring more teachers was not one of them. Sandy Husk is the Superintendent of the Salem-Keizer School District.

Husk told OPB, “Legally the bond money must go the question that was on the ballot that people voted for. And it was for the construction of four new schools and repair and renovation. We’re not able to use it legally for any General Fund or ongoing expenditures. “

The money is left over from a bond measure that voters in the district approved in 2008. The work turned out to be much cheaper than anticipated, coming during the depths of the recession.

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