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Frequently Asked Questions

  • WHEN IS THE NEXT COMMUNITY INFO NIGHT?
  • WHO ARE WE?
    Our group has created a Political Action Committee to generate support for a Yes Vote in November 2023 to support the capital improvements bond. Our official PAC name is YES ON SCAPPOOSE SCHOOL DISTRICT EFFICIENCY EFFORTS PAC. (Registered with the state of Oregon, #23022). To simplify that, we commonly refer ourselves as, “Yes on Scappoose School Bond.”
  • WHAT WILL THE BOND MEASURE # BE ON THE BALLOT?
    Measure 5-296
  • HOW MUCH IS THE BOND FOR?
    $110M, Scappoose School District would be eligible for a $4 million state grant if approved.
  • WHAT WILL WE GET FOR THE MONEY?
    Bonds would finance capital costs to fund projects that: • Replace 92-year-old Scappoose Middle School with new safe & modern school campus adjacent to Scappoose High School Improve Safety and Security: • Secure entrances, alarms, cameras • Fire, Intercom improvements • Remove asbestos • Improve accessibility to meet ADA requirements Update & Repair Aging Schools: • Electrical, roofing, flooring, lighting, insulation, siding, windows, boilers • New HVAC to improve air quality • Replace deteriorating sidewalks, parking lots Expand Student Opportunities: • Remodeled career and technical/vocational education spaces • Additional classrooms at high school for science, band • Improved access to band, math & CTE programs for middle school students • Site improvements, athletic fields, demolition, furnishings, equipment, bond issuance costs Learn more at the Scappoose School District 2023 Proposed Bond website
  • IF THE PROPOSED BOND DOES NOT PASS, WILL THE DISTRICT GO BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD TO CREATE A NEW PROPOSAL IN THE NEAR FUTURE?
    In that scenario, future bond proposals would be an administrative level decision, and would depend on many factors. The identified needs do not go away if the bond does not pass, and it would be anticipated that the overall cost to complete all items will only increase due to rising material and labor costs.
  • HOW CAN I FIND OUT WHAT WILL BE INCLUDED WITH THE BOND AT EACH SCHOOL?
    Please visit the Proposal tab on our website to view the Scappoose School Board approved Capital Facility Investments - Community Planning Committee Final Recommendation document. Pages 6-9 specifically address the proposed items and costs per school.
  • WHAT WILL HAPPEN WITH THE SPORTS FIELDS AS PART OF THE BOND?
    If the proposed bond passes Scappoose School District is planning on installing a new turf football/soccer field and track for the Scappoose Middle School New turf Scappoose High School baseball field New turf Scappoose High School softball field There will be no reduction in field spaces, and year round accessibility will be increased with turf fields available Scappoose School District will retain all fields at current middle school property
  • WILL THERE BE OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE COMMUNITY TO BE INVOLVED IN THE DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION PHASE IF THE PROPOSED BOND PASSES?
    Yes! There will be multiple opportunities for the community to be involved in both the planning and oversight aspects. These will come in the form of committees that will be comprised of individuals from the district as well as the community. For example, a committee will be needed for the middle school's design, along with the required bond oversight committee.
  • WHEN WAS THE CURRENT MIDDLE SCHOOL BUILT?
    1931
  • WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THE CURRENT MIDDLE SCHOOL?
    The City of Scappoose has expressed interest in utilizing the current middle school. Potential solutions include moving some city functions into the space, offering community space, and more. More information is To Be Determined.
  • WHY NOT JUST BUILD A NEW HIGH SCHOOL AND PUT MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS IN THE OLD HIGH SCHOOL?
    There are a couple of reasons, such as the location of a new high school, given that a high school campus takes up a large area, which would require land acquisition. However, the main reason is due to costs. We had an estimate on what a new high school would cost done by our consultants, which came in at a little over 180 million dollars. This compares to an approximate cost of 80 million for the new middle school and doesn't include the 30 million of other upgrades and repairs that are part of this proposed bond.
  • WHAT WILL BE THE BOND RATE?
    In the Spring of 2023, the district formed a Community Planning Committee with volunteer community members and district staff to assess school facilities needs in Scappoose. This group reviewed facilities assessments and capital analyses of each school in our district. As a result of this process, the committee recommended a $110 million bond package based on the needs of our schools. The district collaborated with Piper-Sandler, a renowned K-12 financial investment firm that provides guidance to public agencies. With their guidance, the district and board of directors identified a 31 year term bond option that, if passed, would allow the district to fund the $110 million school facility projects identified by the Community Planning Committee. Taxpayers in the Scappoose School District currently pay a bond rate of $1.41 per thousand of assessed value. Proposed Measure 5-296, if passed this November, would be an additional tax over what property owners in the Scappoose School District are currently paying. The District estimates that the proposed $110 million bond, if passed, would cost taxpayers an additional $1.22 per $1,000 of assessed property value for a bond term of 31 years. A property owner with an average assessed home value of $247,748 would pay an additional $25.19 per month or $302.25 per year over what they are currently paying. It's important to note that voters approve an overall bond value, not a rate, which may fluctuate based on the number of assessed properties in the district boundaries. If more properties are built, the new property owners will assist in the repayment of the bond. The language on the ballot regarding the bond rate will be "Bonds may be issued in multiple series maturing within 31 years from issuance. Estimated increase over FY 2023 bond tax rate is $1.22 per $1,000 assessed property value. Actual levy rate may differ due to changes in interest rates and assessed value."
  • WHEN IS THE ELECTION?
    November 7th, 2023
  • WHEN WOULD CONSTRUCTION BEGIN/BE FINALIZED?
    Construction would begin after the bond is issued, in November 2023. The new middle school is projected to be open on or before the Fall 2027 school year, pending construction and supply chain schedules.
  • HOW MUCH IS OUR DISTRICT GROWING?
    Current growth is flat, and this is seen across the country, which is directly correlated to the birth rate. Families today are having less kids.
  • HOW ARE SCHOOLS FUNDED TO BE REBUILT AND UPDATED?
    Communities are responsible to fund capital improvements to their schools.
  • HOW WILL YOU ADDRESS TRAFFIC IN THE NEIGHBORHOODS?
    A traffic study has been performed to evaluate traffic patterns, and the implemented design will keep student safety at the forefront.
  • HOW COME THE BOND MONEY CANNOT BE USED FOR BUILDING MAINTENANCE?
    By law the money must be spent on capital improvements for buildings, equipment, and facilities. It cannot be used for hiring staff or normal operating and maintenance costs. This is a capital improvements bond.
  • HOW CAN THE PUBLIC SUPPORT OUR PAC EFFORTS?
    Give! We are accepting donations to help cover our costs of this campaign which will include printed materials, postage fees, signs, etc. 100% of all donations will be spent on the campaign. You can receive a political tax credit of $50 per individual/$100 joint filers per year for donations. Our goal is to raise $20,000. Click here to donate now! Volunteer! We need a lot of support to share the word with our community. There are several events we can attend between now and November to share the message. We will need support behind the scenes too, and there are many different skillsets that will benefit our efforts. Email scappooseschoolbond@gmail.com to share info on how you would like to support.
  • WHERE WILL THE NEW PROPOSED SCAPPOOSE MIDDLE SCHOOL GO?
    See Page 16 of the Capital Facility Investments proposal. The new Scappoose Middle School will be located on the east side of the Scappoose High School Property. It will be a 2 story school that wraps around the SHS 'S' Hall building. The new Scappoose Middle School track and field will be built, as well as new turf baseball and softball fields for the high school. Please note the image below is conceptual, and not intended to represent final design.

VOTE YES ON MEASURE 5-296

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