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Redmond School District promotes $27.5 million bond measure at online town hall

BEND, Ore (KTVZ) -- The Redmond School District held a virtual town hall Tuesday night to discuss a $27.5 million bond measure on the upcoming Nov. 3 ballot.

Superintendent Charan Cline led the meeting to inform parents about the bond, Measure 9-140.

Cline said it's an investment for the growth and future of the district.

He said the district plans to improve indoor air quality and fire safety systems, and upgrade security cameras.

Some parents however, are questioning the bond measure's timing, due to COVID-19, but Cline was quick to address those concerns.

"I want our kids back in school as well, but COVID won't last forever. It'll be a season in our lives, and we will bring our kids back to school," Cline said. "If you're a farmer out there, when your horses are out to pasture, does that mean you don't repair the barn? No."

The district also hopes to expand student capacity, and prepare for future growth.

Should the measure pass, plans would be in place to build six additional classrooms at both Vern Patrick and Tom McCall elementary schools.

The proposed bond is estimated to not increase the current tax rate, as the school district has refinanced its existing bonds at a lower interest rate. It would also allow the district to receive $7.6 million in matching funds for the projects.

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