District to Put $104 Million Bond on May Ballot

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The Hermiston School Board voted Monday night to put a $104 million capital improvement bond on the ballot for next May.

If passed by voters, the district would replace Rocky Heights Elementary School and Highland Hills Elementary School, build a new elementary school on land located off Theater Lane, and expand Hermiston High School. The expansion of the high school would increase student capacity from 1,600 to 2,000.

The district is currently using 34 modular buildings to house overflow students and that number could climb to 50 in a couple of years.

The bond would also pay for renovations to Sandstone Middle School.

If passed, the bond measure would add 90 cents per $1,000 of assessed value to local property taxes.