Voters said no Tuesday night to a capital bond measure for the Coos Bay School District’s schools, some of which are in severe disrepair. Tuesday night results shut down the bond with 52 percent voting no.
Extensive water damage is visible in the gymnasium at Eastside Elementary in Coos Bay, Oregon. The school closed in 2002 after consolidation in the Coos School District. Voters Tuesdays rejected a $66.4 million bond for infrastructure, part of which would have funded renovations for the elementary school.
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The district is reeling from the election results, an outcome that voters at the ballot boxes Tuesday afternoon predicted.
“We need the funding for the schools,” said voter Peter Cooley. “If we have an earthquake, those buildings are just going to fall down and kill a bunch of kids. People don’t realize but we’re due for an earthquake.”
But Voter Shirly Wheeker voted no on the bond, attributing her decision to information she attributed to staff members in the district.
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