Crow-Applegate-Lorane District Voters Approve $4 Million in Bonds for School Repairs, Renovations

Nov. 9, 2016 -- Voters in the Crow-Applegate-Lorane School District have approved a bond measure requesting $4 million for school repairs and renovations on the November 2016 ballot. The district will double its money thanks to $4 million in state matching grants. The district will proceed with $8 million in safety, accessibility and security improvements; replacement of failing mechanical systems; and a remodel and addition that will establish space for vocational training and a science/technology wing.

“We’re grateful to the support of our community and are excited to move forward,” said Superintendent Aaron Brown. “Voter approval translates directly to safer schools, and the boost from the state will allow us to add space for STEM and vocational programs.”

Residents in the school district will pay an estimated $0.95 per $1,000 of assessed property value. That translates to $237.50/year for a house assessed at $250,000. 

In early 2016, the district completed a year-long school facilities planning effort that identified facility needs and prioritized them. In July, it learned that it had qualified for the $4 million from the Oregon School Capital Improvement Matching program (OSCIM). 

Crow-Applegate-Lorane School District #66 serves the rural area west and south of the Eugene-Springfield metro area, including the communities of Crow, Applegate and Lorane. Its 270 students attend Applegate Elementary and Crow Middle School/High School. The elementary school was built in 1954 and was originally intended to serve all grades. In 1967 the community built what is now a combined middle/high school.  Full details, including schematics and the 10-Year Master Plan, are available here.