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LCC Will Seek Voter-Passed Bond Funds

Rachael McDonald

Lane Community College will ask voters to help pay for improvements to safety and technical facilities on its campuses with a $145 million bond on the May 2020 ballot.

­­The LCC Board of Education approved the bond at its Wednesday meeting. Brian Kelly is Vice President of Planning, Institutional Effectiveness and External Affairs at Lane Community College. He says the bond money would fund safety improvements in the college's classrooms and buildings. Also,

“We’re going to make investments in 21st century education to make sure we’re competitive and ensure affordable education for all students. We also really are looking at career technical education and workforce retraining for the future of our local economy.”

Kelly says the bond will cost the average voter $42 annually. LCC has experienced drops in enrollment and financial shortfalls in recent years as the economy and employment have improved in the region.

“Every dollar we save and every dollar we can invest through a voter supported bond to work on our facilities to work on our workforce education system is a dollar that we can save in the general fund to invest directly into instruction and operations.”

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Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s host for All Things Considered on weekday afternoons. She also is the editor of the KLCC Extra, the daily digital newspaper. 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.
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