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Most bond elections pass, including Portland at $790 million - 05/17/17

Voters on Tuesday approved two-thirds of school construction bonds statewide -- including the largest school bond in Oregon history: $790 million for Portland Public Schools. Ten bonds passed and five were defeated.

In addition to its historic amount, the PPS measure was notable in that it gained 66 percent of the vote, tying a much smaller ($4 million) Tillamook proposal in terms of overall community support. Other bonds gaining passage included: Bend-La Pine ($268 million), Greater Albany ($159 million), Jefferson ($14.4 million), Lake Oswego ($187 million), North Powder ($3 million), Rogue River ($3 million), Sweet Home ($4 million), and Vernonia ($6.8 million).

Bonds did not pass in Ontario, South Umpqua, Yoncalla, Hermiston and Coos Bay. The Coos Bay bond, for $66.5 million, trailed passage by the slimmest of margins: 22 votes out of more than 7,100 cast.

Jim Green, executive director of the Oregon School Boards Association (OSBA), said the results indicate Oregonians' longtime support for public education.

"Our residents understand the need to pay for the infrastructure of Oregon's public schools," he said. "The continuing challenge is ensuring that we find a way to invest adequately in the continuing operation of our schools."

In the only community college bond election, Mount Hood Community College's $75 million bond was defeated.

A full listing of the election results can be found at http://www.osba.org/Resources/Article/Bonds/Election-Recent_Bond-Local_Option_Election_Results.aspx?et=1,2,3&dt=3,1,9&d=5/16/2017&dist=&c=&o=&to=&min=&max=&admn=&admx=

OSBA is a member services agency for more than 200 locally elected boards serving school districts, education service districts and community colleges. It also provides services to charter schools and their boards.

School board candidate filings swing upward this election - 05/12/17

A total of 1,018 individuals are running for school board positions next Tuesday in Oregon -- the highest number since 2009 -- according to a survey conducted by the Oregon School Boards Association.
The upswing in candidates marks a complete reversal from May 2015, when 817 people ran for school board. That was the lowest such total in a decade. Over the last few months OSBA has conducted an awareness campaign (www.getonboardoregon.org) about the importance of volunteer school board service.
There are 802 open positions across the state, and 553 incumbents are running. The percentage of school board incumbents seeking office again -- 54 percent -- is the lowest in at least 12 years. That means that nearly half -- or potentially more -- of all school board members statewide will be newly elected this year.
Jim Green, OSBA's executive director, said the association welcomes a new crop of board
members.
"Schools are constantly evolving, so it's important to see a mix of both experience and fresh perspective at the board level," Green said. "In our view there is no more important public service than safeguarding the future of our young people."
Despite the surge in candidates, nearly three-quarters of all races are uncontested. Six percent of races have no candidates, and 68.5 percent have one candidate.
School board elections are held every two years in May.
OSBA is a member services agency for more than 200 locally elected boards serving school districts, education service districts and community colleges. It also provides services to charter schools and their boards.