SISTERS, OR -- The Sisters School Board has decided to ask voters to approve a new bond request in May. Board Chair Don Hedrick is hopeful the community will support this effort, despite the rejection of a similar bond a year and a half ago. "It was a little over $14 million, and we’ve reduced the amount, and therefore the amount it would cost taxpayers."
This new bond request is for $10.7 million. Hedrick tells KBND News some of that money would be used to repair the leaking roof at Sisters High School. "To replace it, the total cost is about $1.3 million, and that’s still a sticking point so we have decided to take that off the ballot and instead try and do some repairs that we hope will help make the roof last another five or six years."
He says the funds will go toward upgrades at other district schools. "The number one concern for this is some kind of additional security and safety for the buildings; automatic locking doors, perhaps some cameras so people in the building can see who’s at the door, teachers will be able to lock their doors more easily inside the building in case of an intruder."
Hedrick adds, "We’re trying to do a better job of communicating with all of the taxpayers and the community people concerning the bond."