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Lane County Voters Approve School Measures

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Three school district funding measures have been approved by Lane County voters. They will help pay staff salaries and make school improvements without affecting the districts' current budgets. KLCC's Corinne Boyer has more.

Eugene 4J and Crow-Applegate-Lorane school districts voted to renew their tax levies. The Eugene levy has been renewed at the current rate of 8 million dollars annually and will not cost tax payers any additional money. This is the third time the local option levy has been approved. Eugene Superintendent Shelley Berman says the levy renewal is a terrific boost to the school system.

Berman: "In the long run, this is a tremendous benefit for students--it maintains class size, it maintains our ability to offer programs. Had we lost the local option it would have been a devastating blow to the system."

Voters in Springfield approved a new 71.5 million dollar bond measure which will fund school district improvements including the replacement of Hamlin Middle School. All Springfield schools will get safety and security upgrades.