The majority of funds received from the State of Oregon come from the State School Fund for school operations. This money goes into the district’s general fund to support operational costs like teacher and staff wages, benefits, utilities, supplies, etc. Salem-Keizer’s general fund for 2017-18 is about $479.5 million. The bond package slated for the [...]
Bond funds can only be used for costs associated with items listed on the ballot, and cannot be used for general operations like school costs, staff salaries, benefits, utilities, etc.
If the district can afford $700,000 to send teams to Bend because of the OSAA reorganization, why do they need this bond?
The district cannot afford $700,000 to send teams to Bend. That number was used to serve as a reason for the OSAA to not place Salem-Keizer in a league with Bend schools, and it was based on if the district did business as usual – that is, schedules the same number of contests and sends [...]
Yes. The state statute that governs how school districts must plan for facilities needs (ORS 195.110) says districts must examine alternatives to new school construction and major renovation. The district assesses school capacities every year based on current and future enrollment projections. School boundary changes are a normal part of making routine adjustments to balance [...]
The total revenues received from the state through the State School Fund, which include lottery funds and marijuana taxes, are to be used for general operations, not capital construction. Because of the way the state’s funding for K-12 education is calculated and structured, at this time, marijuana tax revenue is not expected to significantly change the [...]
According to the Oregon Lottery website, 57% of lottery dollars (after paying expenses and winners) is shared among four areas of education in the state. One of those four areas is the State School Fund, which is the source of operational funding for school districts in Oregon. Money received from the State School Fund goes [...]
This new school bond will raise my assessment by $1.24 per $1,000 of assessed value. Why such a large increase in our school bond taxes?
The estimated levy rate increase is derived from the total cost of work included in the final bond package. That is, in order to raise $619.7 million through a 20-year general obligation bond, the current levy rate would need to increase by an estimated $1.24 per $1,000 of assessed value. Community polling indicated support for [...]
This is being done to manage cost inflation. Construction costs increase significantly every year. It’s estimated that delaying the start of bond work one year would add about $35 million to the costs. Design teams at the five schools that would be scheduled first for construction are working on plans so that if the bond [...]
In July 2018 when the final funds are received, the total reimbursements to the district under SB 1149 for the 2008 bond program will be $7,385,604. The district received $1.5 million for Englewood Elementary School in the SRGP seismic grant program. The district currently has a grant for $1.4 million for Four Corners Elementary School [...]
No asbestos abatement is included in the bond because the district manages asbestos through its normal maintenance operations and the Healthy and Safe Schools and Buildings plan. There will be limited asbestos abatement in areas where construction and or additions require it. There isn't an intention to abate asbestos as a standalone project.