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4J School district narrows down specifics for $375 million bond measure

After several community forums, Wednesday night was the final night for community input regarding a potential $375- to $385-million bond measure for the 4J School District.

EUGENE, Ore. - After several community forums, Wednesday night was the final night for community input regarding a potential $375- to $385-million bond measure for the 4J School District.

The next step for the school board is to continue towards narrowing down what specifics will be on that bond.

Nothing is concrete, but so far the bond would include new technology in the classrooms, and improvements to schools such as seismic upgrades and other safety retrofits to the buildings.

It would also provide funding for a new North Eugene High School, a new elementary school in what the board calls a "growing Sheldon region." Also included would be remodeling or redoing Edison Elementary and redoing Camas Ridge Elementary.

"There really is such a limit to what the schools can do," said Anne Marie Levis, a member of the 4J School Board. "We don't have general funds to pay for the buildings, so the fact that our communities have always supported us, we're just so thankful, and recognize how important this is for our future."

However, a new North Eugene High School means displacing the two schools next door; a Japanese Immersion Program, Yujin Gakuen, and Corridor Elementary.

Levis says the temporary plan is to but YG in with Kelly Middle School for two years, and put Corridor Elementary in a part of North Eugene that is under-utilized. Levis also says that the board is looking at allocating money from the bond towards a long term plan for these two programs.

While parents feel that progress has been made towards the future of these programs, they say they still have concerns.

"Is our school going to have a viable option?" asked Jamie Bergeson, a Corridor Elementary parent. "Were are we going to end up? They don't seem to have clear information for us right now about where our school will be, and that's concerning."

Anne Marie Levis says the online survey has received around 750 responses. That survey closes on Wednesday night at midnight.

Next week, the board will work out the details of the bond measure, and on June 20th, they vote whether or not to put the bond measure on the November ballot.

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