Three School Districts Pass Bond Measures

Release Date: 
5/18/2016

The IMESD is pleased to congratulate three of its school districts on the passage Tuesday, May 17, of school bond measures. The Athena-Weston, Echo and Milton-Freewater districts were all successful in securing funds for their students and facilities. All three will receive matching $4 million grants from the Oregon School Capital Improvement Matching Program (Senate Bill 447).

Athena-Weston and Echo will each receive a total of $8 million, $4 million approved by voters and $4 million matching from the state. Milton-Freewater voters passed a $12.5 million bond, and the district will receive $4 million from the state and a $15 million donation from a private foundation for a total of $31.5 million.

“This is certainly an exciting day for eastern Oregon schools. The IMESD celebrates the support these three districts received from voters to pass comprehensive capital construction bonds which translate to increased student success,” said Mark Mulvihill, Superintendent of the IMESD.

Mulvihill said the state of Oregon also has reason to celebrate today, as their funding of the matching grant program was instrumental in helping these districts successfully pass bonds. “The matching grants were clearly a motivator for voters to support these measures and definitely contributed to success for these districts,” Mulvihill said.

The bonds will fund a variety of projects at the school districts: improved security, classroom expansions, space for CTE programs, energy saving upgrades, upgraded technology, a new gym, a sports complex and a new elementary school in Milton-Freewater.