Voters passed six of the eight school bonds and a local option levy on ballots Tuesday, most with comfortable margins.
“It’s a sign that voters support our public schools,” said OSBA Executive Director Jim Green. “Clearly, voters get that there are needs out there for school facilities.”
The largest construction bond, $408 million for the Hillsboro School District, passed easily, with two-thirds of the vote in partial returns. The smallest, $4 million for the Lowell School District in Lane County, also passed easily, with more than two-thirds of the vote in partial returns.
Voters approved bonds for North Marion, ($42.2 million) Phoenix-Talent ($68 million) in Jackson County, Oakridge ($6.2 million) in Lane County and Portland Community College ($185.5 million). Lane County voters renewed a levy worth about $5.4 million for the Siuslaw School District.
The $60 million bond for the Coos Bay School District had a slight lead in partial returns but was too close to call. Voters likely won’t know the final results for several weeks. A $65.5 million bond for the district failed in May.
Voters rejected a $29 million bond for the Central Linn School District.