Chris Collins
The Baker City Herald

The Baker School District will face a wide range of challenges in asking voters to approve a $48 million bond measure in November, 5J Board members learned Tuesday night.

In a meeting that lasted just a little more than two hours, directors Kevin Cassidy, Andrew Bryan, Katie Lamb and Julie Huntington listened to consultants and Superintendent Mark Witty review the various details of the process. Director Chris Hawkins was absent.

Witty first presented a summary of surveys conducted by The Nelson Report. Melissa Martin of Salem, survey research director with the firm, had been scheduled to join Tuesday’s work session but she was sick and unable to make the trip, Witty said.

Here are some of the findings of The Nelson Report surveys of 369 people conducted in April and again from May 21 to May 31:

• The number in favor and those opposed to supporting a $48 million bond measure to fund District improvements were split nearly evenly, with 43 percent in favor and 41 percent opposed. Sixteen percent were unsure.

• The number in favor and those opposed to supporting a $48 million bond measure to fund District improvements were split nearly evenly, with 43 percent in favor and 41 percent opposed. Sixteen percent were unsure.

• Those who favored the plan cited mainly these reasons: “need updates,” “always support schools,” and “it’s necessary.”

• The main reasons for opposing the plans were: “taxes are already too high,” “asking too much money,” and “unnecessary.”

As survey respondents were provided more information during the interviews, they were asked to rank construction projects that might be included in a bond measure and rate them on a scale of one to four, with four being highest priority. Those results showed:

See more in the July 11, 2018 issue of the Baker City Herald

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