What is the difference between the General Obligation Bond and the Student Success Act?
The Bond and the Student Success Act (SSA) are two completely separate funding sources provided to help schools in Oregon.

The Bond is for facilities improvements, helping to develop the buildings and infrastructure of schools. It provides the funds to repair, remodel and/or rebuild the places where students go to school.

The Student Success Act is a legislative act passed in 2019 granting money to schools for specific student and classroom needs to support the social and emotional health of students and increase student achievement.

Basically, the Bond helps create a healthy, safe learning spaces, and the Student Success Act helps fund the needs of the young people occupying the learning space.

Why is the high school getting a new building?

The Heritage (Old Main) has served the community for almost 100 years, and served us well. Yet, we are 20 years into another century, and the purposes and services required for students has changed dramatically as the building has aged.

The systems serving the building are outdated, in constant repair, and risky. The structure itself is compromised, especially if a natural disaster were to occur, and the day to day use presents issues with heat, floors, ceilings, plumbing, roofing, paint, and unhealthy odors.

Every student at RHS has at least one class in the Heritage Building a year, for each year they are at the high school. If the building is rebuilt, it will provide equitable, safe, and healthy classrooms for existing classrooms, as well as space for expanding CTE programs, making the building more expansive to the needs of students.

A new building will serve 1/3 of the entire District student population every year, at a cost only 2-3% higher than remodeling the 100 year old building, yet still serving our students for decades to come.

Are all the schools going to benefit from the Bond monies?

YES! Every school, every student, every neighborhood will benefit from the Bond monies. All school will gain safe and secure entrances, camera security systems, technology infrastructure new heating/cooling/air quality systems. All schools witness much needed repairs to plumbing, electrical systems, lighting, repairs to floors and ceilings, inside and outside doors.

All elementary school playgrounds will benefit from safe and secure upgrades.

Middle schools will see major renovations in the inner structures of their facilities, making them more vibrant and inviting, and healthier for students.

Five elementary schools (Eastwood, Green, Fir Grove, Fullerton IV, Melrose) will see the building of gymnasiums, creating additional space for physical education, activities, and community shelters if needed. Every school will gain upgraded internal and external security key implementation, making the schools more secure.

Why do Elementary Schools need gyms?

Five elementary schools have no gym space, but have multi-purpose rooms used for lunches, assemblies, PE, and other activities. Over the last few years, the District has implemented, physical education into the curriculum, benefiting every student. Everyday these five elementary schools have three lunch periods, physical education, and other activities where the cafeterias must be broken down and set up at least 3 times a day, and it stretches the facility as well as the staff, not to mention creating an extreme over-use of the facility. Gyms will benefit the kids, the schools, and the community.

The Roseburg Public Schools has established a relationship with Roseburg Police, Fire, and Public Health Departments to outfit the gymnasiums with the resources necessary in case of a national disaster or public need for community shelters. The gyms will benefit a multitude of needs for kids, for schools, and for our community.

Why do schools need new heating, air conditioning and air quality controls?

The heating and cooling systems in the buildings of the District are very old and in constant repair. The District has worked hard to maintain the systems and to repair systems even when parts are no longer available, but their age has created somewhat unsafe and unhealthy conditions, especially in the older buildings. In addition, with warmer fall and spring months, the need for air conditioning is essential for creating a conducive learning environment. Air quality controls create a healthier atmosphere within the buildings, an important necessity in the 21st century.

Are there currently CTE/ Vocational Classes at Roseburg High School?

Roseburg High School has not only added CTE classes, but will be able to provide even more programs with the passage of this Bond. Drafting, Welding, Auto Mechanics, Small Engine Repair, Business Classes, Accounting, Animation Drawing, Agriculture Electives, and many more. With the building of a new Heritage, new CTE classes and programs will be added, expanding the offerings of other programs and the facility needs demanded by these 21st century classes.

What do “safety and security upgrades” mean?

Obviously, our number one priority is to create safe and secure schools for our children. Unfortunately we live in a time where the phrase has changed a great deal, and therefore the necessary upgrades can simply be listed without definition of the phrase. Here are the safety and security measures the Bond will provide: single points of entry created with new secure vestibules, fencing, cameras, visitor and volunteer management systems supported by background checks, keyless entry systems, all doors secured in a consistent manner, reconfigured traffic pattern systems for busses and cars, new two-way intercom systems. These upgrades will benefit all schools and every student.

How will the middle schools benefit from the Bond money?

In addition to renovation and repairs, safety and security measures, heating/cooling/air quality systems, technological infrastructure upgrades, the middle schools will benefit from enhancements in the inner structure of the schools, creating a more vibrant, inviting, healthier experience. Yes, the middle schools will benefit in every way.

Do the words “necessary capital repairs” give the District options to do what they want rather than what is needed?

No, the District will be bound to the needs of each school, as written in the Bond and accompanying proposals. When the language says, “necessary capital repairs,” it means exactly that, the necessary repairs needed to create a stronger, safer, healthier school system for kids.

In addition, the District will hire a Construction Management Firm that helps ensure accountability as the money is deployed to the various projects. They also help ensure the District is accomplishing everything it promised to its patrons.

Will any of the Bond money be used to increase salaries for administrators or teachers or to hire more people, or pay down their PERS bills?

Absolutely not! No Bond money may be used for any District personnel hiring or increase of salaries, or PERS payments. It is the law!

How will this Bond help me when I do not have any children in school?

The Bond, as with any project or program with improvement as its aim, has both intended and unintended consequences. The Bond intends to create a safe, secure, and healthy environment for school children. But as other Districts have witnessed, a Bond for schools strengthens the very communities that pass the Bonds, unintended but welcomed consequences. Stronger, safer, healthier schools supplement other strengths of any community. Our values include the great outdoors, individualism, initiative, and independence, and those values are only strengthened by a Bond that says we value our children, education, and the future.

It is also wise to keep in mind, if the Bond is passed, there will be five Community Shelters available, with resources as well, in case of a natural disaster or a need in the event of a catastrophe. Everyone will benefit from these.

What Elementary Schools will get new gymnasiums? Why?

Eastwood, Fir Grove, Fullerton IV, Green, and Melrose will get new Gymnasiums because they presently only have one multi-purpose room used for lunches, physical education, assemblies and activities. The addition of gyms at these schools will help create a more equitable working space for kids and staff, and will accommodate full time elementary Physical Education classes for all students. These gymnasiums will provide space, help with maintenance of other buildings in schools, and safe time, money, and improve safety for staff.