FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: August 10, 2021
Contact: Susanne Stefani, Director of Communications, Lebanon Community Schools
Lebanon Community Schools Reports Back on Survey
Priorities Include Renovating Facilities, Pool and Improving Safety/Security at School Buildings
[Lebanon, Ore.] The Lebanon Community School District asked residents to participate in a survey involving school facilities and the community pool. The surveys were completed online and by telephone the last two weeks of July. In all, 528 residents completed the survey, which indicates the community cares about sharing their ideas and feedback with the school district.
“We’re grateful for everyone who took time to share their opinions about our facilities and community pool,” said Superintendent Bo Yates. “The results are important in helping us develop a list of projects that community members want completed.”
There were two community priorities that scored high in the survey: improving safety and security systems at school facilities and completing important maintenance projects to extend the life of the existing school buildings. Once completed, the projects would meet code requirements and raise all school buildings to the same standards district-wide.
Community members also want to renovate the Lebanon Community Pool and add space in school buildings for preschool programs to serve young families. The pool is owned by the school district and operated by the Lebanon Aquatics District. Preschool provides critical opportunities for socialization, boosts kindergarten readiness, and early learning opportunities for children aged 3-5 years.
Superintendent Bo Yates says that the school district would be able to accomplish these projects for approximately $5 per month for the average property owner through a voter-approved bond. The average property is defined as a property with an assessed value of $200,000. (The assessed value of a home is what taxes are based on, and is lower than its market value.)
“The time seems to be right to consider a bond. These capital projects qualify for an additional $4-8 million in state matching funds. Also, interest rates to borrow money are currently at historic lows,” said Yates. “We’re going to continue the conversation with community members, and look forward to the discussion.”
Lebanon Community School District educates more than 4,000 students from preschool through 12th grade. Eighty percent of its funding goes to the classroom to keep class sizes smaller for personalized
instruction. The school district is working to lead the state in providing preschool education, and online access to learning. Its technical programs and higher education partnerships mean students have opportunities for careers or college as soon as they graduate. Learn more about Lebanon Community Schools at www.lebanon.k12.or.us.
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