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Voters Reject $26 Million Bond To Upgrade South Umpqua School District Facilities


South Umpqua High School students walk past a newly painted front facade at the Tri-City school on Tuesday, May 16, 2017.

South Umpqua High School students walk past a newly painted front facade at the Tri-City school on Tuesday, May 16, 2017.

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Voters rejected a $26 million bond that would have helped the South Umpqua School District replace and repair outdated facilities.

The measure received just 30 percent of the vote, with 1,389 votes cast against of the bond, according to Wednesday morning’s final unofficial election results. It needed a supermajority to pass.

A $2.9 million state grant was dependent on this bond passing. Since it did not pass, the state will give the grant to another district.

The bond would have helped the district replace the Canyonville School and the school’s gymnasium, which were built in 1935. It also would have funded classrooms and a cafeteria at the Coffenberry Middle School, classrooms at the Myrtle Creek Elementary School, computer labs at the South Umpqua High School, a multipurpose room at Tri-City Elementary, and district-wide safety, security and technology upgrades.

Read more at The News-Review.

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