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Next for 5J plan: Hear from patrons

District officials haven’t decided when to ask voters to approve a tax bond of up to $50 million


Discussion of how the Baker School District plans to take its proposal for long-range school improvements to a broader audience will continue this week.

Superintendent Mark Witty said Tuesday that he will be meeting with others Friday “to develop and solidify” ways to gather input and listen to the thoughts of District patrons who were not involved in the earlier process.

A 24-member committee spent the past year developing the long-range facilities plan that was presented to the Baker School Board on Feb. 15.

It is too early to say when the District might seek voter approval of a bond

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Discussion of how the Baker School District plans to take its proposal for long-range school improvements to a broader audience will continue this week.

Superintendent Mark Witty said Tuesday that he will be meeting with others Friday “to develop and solidify” ways to gather input and listen to the thoughts of District patrons who were not involved in the earlier process.

A 24-member committee spent the past year developing the long-range facilities plan that was presented to the Baker School Board on Feb. 15.

It is too early to say when the District might seek voter approval of a bond measure of up to $50 million to fund the proposed improvements.

Witty did say, however, that the District is “positioned to be able to get to the $4 million matching fund” in time for a November ballot measure.

The matching funds would help offset the cost of proposed improvements and new construction estimated at between $56,000 and $65,124,107.

Committee members, who include business owners, parents, school employees and board members, spent the past year visiting all Baker school buildings, talking with staff and traveling to other schools in the region to see how they’ve addressed building needs in their communities.

The grant would come from the Oregon School Capital Improvement Matching Program sponsored by the Oregon Department of Education, Kim Mosier, a committee member told the Board on Feb. 15. Mosier and Pat Heriza, another community member who served on the committee, presented the report.

See more in the Feb. 21, 2018, issue of the Baker City Herald.