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Springfield School Bond Fails

Angela Kellner

Springfield School District leaders are disappointed a $62.5 million measure failed to pass Tuesday.

The money was sought to upgrade technology, replace Hamlin Middle School and upgrade other school buildings. Devon Ashbridge is Springfield Schools Communications Specialist:

Ashbridge: "The need to replace Hamlin hasn't diminished at all and we still have aging facilities and technologies. So I think the next steps are to work with our community to find out why the bond measure didn't pass, look at how we can create a solution that benefits everyone and everyone can support and then look to come back to our voters in a future election."

The vote was close with 51 percent against the bond and 48 in favor.

Junction City voters defeated a similar measure by a larger margin. Their School District's $ 32.4 million bond to replace aging facilities was rejected by 64 percent of voters.

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.
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