1. Don’t tear down Beaverton High School! That was the message from the local community a few years ago, which is why millions of dollars were already spent for seismic and other upgrades. But BSD now wants to tear this historic school down and only plans to engage the community AFTER the bond passes (per BSD’s bond meeting on April 18th 2022)
2. We want lower class sizes! BSD has surveyed and engaged with the community recently and over the past couple of years. We have consistently raised LOWER CLASS SIZES as a primary issue for investment. BSD’s average class sizes are roughly 20% higher than the average across Oregon. Yes, you read that right! It isn’t a funding problem as we’ve passed levies and bonds in the past.
1. BSD is not dealing with funding problems – they have spending problems! BSD received over $76M in ESSER funds (Federal COVID-19 Relief). Only about 10% of that will go to necessary HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) upgrades. They did use these funds to hire 170 staff, of which only 20 were classroom teachers.
2. The school board recently received complaints about illegal contracting and procurement practices by BSD staff. These complaints were serious enough to engage a 3rd party investigator to conduct research, interview staff, and identify issues. Laws and policies were broken, but the district swept this under the rug.
3. In the last bond, they budgeted $109M for the new Mountainside High School – it ended up costing $184M! That is a massive difference! They continually underbudget projects and expect the community to keep making up the difference.
1. Student enrollment is down and projected to keep dropping. Yet BSD avoids making hard decisions and still plans to invest in increasing capacity at some schools while others are left with plenty of unused space.
2. Inflation is sky high and we’re just emerging from a nearly two year lockdown. BSD is looking for a huge handout and presenting the community with a big tax increase, just when we can least afford it.
3. With supply chain issues and labor shortages across many industries, now is a terrible time to start large construction projects. This bond was put together knowing many of these issues, but the situation has only gotten worse. We need to say NO FOR NOW and ask the district to sharpen their pencils, open their books, and engage the community next time.
Testimonials from the community
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I’m voting no on this bond because it doesn’t address the real problems facing BSD- huge class sizes and lack of personalized learning for kids. Bond money is used to fund buildings and doesn’t address the real problems at BSD. I would, however, vote yes on a levy to decrease class sizes and improve class instruction. Over time class sizes in districts around the state have decreased while BSD continues to increase. They are clearly doing something wrong.
-Public school teacher and BSD parent
I do not support this bond. I’m tired of seeing my tax bills increase and BSD having no accountability for how they spend the money. With skyrocketing materials costs and supply chain issues the new Beaverton High School is going to cost far more than what they anticipate and the community will just keep getting stuck with the bill.
– BSD parent
The Beaverton SD had a choice when picking the size of the bond, and the board happily chose to go for the bigger option. We are still reeling from a two year pandemic and now we’re facing massive inflation and high gas prices. They want to squeeze more out of the community, just when we can least afford it. It’s a no for me this year.
– Beaverton community member
This will be the first time I will be voting NO on a school bond or levy. This was a hard decision, but one I believe is actually FOR the kids.
Teachers and parents alike have repeatedly told the district to prioritize lower class sizes. And what has BSD been doing? Increasing class sizes year after year while the rest of Oregon school districts are decreasing. We need them to HEAR US, and I’m certain a failed bond will do the trick.
– BSD parent
I am sad to say I know I have to vote No on the BSD bond. I have seen the changes in the direction of the district over the last 21 years of having children in it. I see declines in our education while we pass out electronics and build fancy new schools. It’s not right. Check out the statistics and understand that the district needs a reboot, not more funding. With high housing costs they have already received more than planned. Construction costs now make it an irresponsible time to build.
– Public school teacher and BSD parent