The Hermiston School Board received the results of a second community survey that shows support for a proposed school bond that would replace two elementary schools, build an additional elementary school and expand the high school.
Between Oct. 3-7, 373 registered voters were surveyed by The Nelson Report, in order to gauge community sentiment for the proposed May 2017 bond. Hermiston Superintendent of Schools Dr. Fred Maiocco shared the results with the school board Monday night.
According to an executive summary, 46 percent of voters (down 1 percent from 47 percent in May) were favorable to the $104 million question. That level of support grew to 61 percent favorable when voters learned that the proposed bond would protect the community’s investment in its schools. The bond included substantial safety and security upgrades, reduced operating costs, and with continued growth new residents and businesses would assist in paying for the bond measure if it passed.
The survey also confirmed the most urgent priorities for the district: replacement of Rocky Heights Elementary School, expansion of Hermiston High School, replacement of Highland Hills Elementary School, and building a new elementary school on district owned property off of Theater Lane.
“This second survey result indicate that our community recognizes the need to address overcrowding, student safety, and stewardship of our facilities,” Maiocco said. “I anticipate the Hermiston School board will take up this matter in the coming months as it considers placing a bond question before voters in May of 2017.”
Community members interested in learning more about the proposed bond program are invited to attend a community meeting on Nov. 28, at 6 p.m. at Hermiston High School.