RENEW THE HILLSBORO SCHOOLS BOND
With abundant natural beauty, a thriving economy and welcoming communities, Hillsboro is a wonderful place to raise a family. Measure 34-278 is our chance to ensure that this promise is kept and available to future generations.
ABOUT THE BOND
This May, the Hillsboro School Board voted unanimously to refer a $408 million capital construction bond for the upcoming November 2017 ballot. The bond proposes to renew the existing tax rate Hillsboro voters approved in 2006 for an additional nine years to prioritize investments in safety and security, update and repair aging school buildings, address overcrowding while planning for future growth, and provide a modern education for students.
4 key reasons to support Measure 34-278
1. Makes Critical Safety, Security and Sesimic Upgrades
Student and staff safety must be a chief priority for our schools. Bond safety and security projects include:
- Crucial safety improvements at all 35 existing schools, including: Limiting access points to buildings, internal classroom locks, security camera and upgrade emergency communications equipment
- Seismic Updates to old buildings
2. Fixes Existing Buildings, Replaces Portable Classrooms
Our school buildings are aging and in need of repair. Making these basic fixes and energy efficiency upgrades will save the school district millions of dollars; money that can be put into the classroom where it belongs. Projects include:
- Fixes to roofs, electrical and other building systems
- Updated air conditioning/HVAC systems
- Significant remodeling at Hillsboro High School and Reedville Elementary School
- Replacement of 15 temporary portable classrooms in the poorest condition
3. Plans for Future Growth of Our Schools
With over 1,900 students expected in the next 10 years Hillsboro School District has to plan for the future. The bond will:
- Fund the construction of two new elementary schools in the growing South Hillsboro and North Plains neighborhoods
- Significant expansion for greater student capacity at Glencoe High School and Evergreen Middle School
4. Provides Technology Tools for a Modern Education
Hillsboro students need modern technology tools in order graduate to career- and college-ready.
- Classroom technology improvements for students and teachers
- Equal access to high-speed internet across the district
- Expansion of career-technical education (CTE) spaces at all high schools
Hillsboro is growing, and the Hillsboro School District needs funding now to plan for and construct the facilities to meet the needs of current and future students. Hillsboro School District projects a 9% increase in the number of enrolled students over the next 10 years.
WILL THIS RAISE MY TAXES?
No. Measure 34-278 will raise revenue for two new elementary schools and significant renovations at 34 schools at the same rate as Hillsboro’s 2006 bond; passage of Measure 34-278 will extend this tax rate to fund the proposed school safety and maintenance improvements. The effective tax rate will stay exactly the same.