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Guest comment: Bond addresses growth, security and aging facilities

On May 16, 2017 voters will be asked to consider a $104 million bond for the Hermiston School District. The bond will address three challenges that the district is facing while trying to provide a premier education for our students. The issues are...

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The needs is now for new schools

I support the Hermiston School District’s bond levy to build/replace three elementary schools, add to the high school and update Sandstone Middle school.

I was a member of the School Districts Facility Master Planning Committee and later...

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Private investment follows public investment.

This is true with infrastructure.

This is true with educational facilities.

The Erie Canal opened the early American frontier.

The Transcontinental Railroad unified the...

Let’s Talk Taxes and Schools

This paper published statistics about how Hermiston’s real property taxes rate among Oregon cities because school bonds are paid through property taxes. As part of this evaluation, let’s not forget that Hermiston has the fifth lowest...

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“The good news is, as home owners, we pay only about 48 percent of the schools’ bond levy. Businesses and utilities pay 52 percent. Also, as our area continues to grow with more residents and business, the tax rate will be lowered each...

Does bond address special needs students?

I’m writing in regards to the Hermiston School District’s bond. If this bond passes, what are the plans in helping our students with disabilities? I have not noticed anything being said about those needs of the Hermiston School District.

Support school bond

As a retired Hermiston School District/Rocky Heights teacher, I am writing in support of the upcoming school district bond measure.

As we all know, our community has grown incredibly in the past decade and our schools are not able to accommodate...

Stop trucks turning onto Elm Avenue from Highway 395

Our family was sadly reminded of the senseless death of our mother, Joan Reeske, which occurred on Dec. 1, 2008, when we read a report of a 55-year old man who died on April 3rd. Both were killed by heavy semi-trucks making right-hand turns from...

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I recently wrote in the East Oregonian that I felt the Highway 207 truck route should be re-routed from East Elm Street to East Punkin Center Road. My concern was prompted by the recent death of a bicycle rider under the wheels of a truck at the...

Column: Work history includes cards and crabs and diapers, oh my

I’ve done some odd jobs over the years — some odder than others.

The first time I recall earning money, I wanted to buy a baseball mitt. I saw a small advertisement in a comic book and asked my parents if I could sign up to sell...

Mayor invites public to talk about options for community center at meeting tonight

Change presents itself again as a pathway towards a community vision, revitalizing downtown and becoming more efficient at managing the Hermiston Community and Conference Center. One of the great things that I often hear from people discussing...

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Loveland honored at dance championships

Senior dancer Aristea Loveland was honored at the Oregon Dance And Drill Championships by being selected to the 2017 All State Dance Team.

Aristea was quoted as saying “all my hard work has been rewarded and a dream come...

Schools too costly to repair

During my tenure on the Hermiston School District Board of Education from 2011 to 2015, we were given multiple updates on district facilities regarding how to handle expected growth and the condition of the infrastructure. The facilities that were the...

Good schools are necessary

Historically, Hermiston has strongly supported its schools. Looking purely at the dollars and cents; we can see that our community as a whole significantly benefits from these fantastic facilities.

Hermiston School District has become a vital...

Vote yes for school bond

On May 16, 2017, voters will have a chance to vote on the approval of the Hermiston School District bond of $104 million dollars. I am writing to encourage the voters to vote yes for the bond.

Our community is growing at an exceptionally fast...

Letter to the editor: Potential projects reduce bite of bond

We have a choice in a little over a month to support a bond measure that will give our community one of the most up-to-date school facilities in Oregon, while eliminating most of the overcrowding in our schools.

One of the items that has not...

Letter to the editor: Bond will benefit student learning for years

We are writing in support of the Hermiston School District bond proposal that will be presented to voters in May. As long-time Hermiston residents, our five children were raised in this community and educated in Hermiston School District schools from...

Letter to the editor: Approving bond will accommodate growth

Voters in Hermiston will have an opportunity to vote on May 16, 2017, to authorize a $104 million school capital improvement bond. I am writing today to encourage readers to vote in favor of this bond.

Hermiston School District has been dealing...

Letter to the editor: Replacing aging schools make fiscal sense

Is there wisdom in the Hermiston school bond that would tear down Highland Hills and build a new one?

The bond would replace Rocky Heights Elementary, fix infrastructure problems at Sandstone Middle School, add onto the high school, and replace...

Letter to the editor: New schools with facilitate continuing business growth

As lead County Commissioner for economic development matters in Umatilla County, let me add some perspective to the discussion regarding the 2017 Hermiston School Bond Measure.

Schools are an important consideration for new companies in their...

Letter to the editor: School conditions hamper learning

Education is one of the most powerful investments you can make and I am urging you to make that investment here in Hermiston. Research shows that education paves the way for better health and employment, benefiting individuals and...

Letter to the editor: 20th Century schools unfit for 21st Century students

I urge the voters in the Hermiston School District to join me and Janet in voting for the upcoming school bond election. We live in a vibrant, dynamic, growing community that brings significant population growth, including many youngsters of school...

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Guest comment: Bond addresses growth, security and aging facilities

On May 16, 2017 voters will be asked to consider a $104 million bond for the Hermiston School District. The bond will address three challenges...

Should Parks department run center?

I wonder at the City Council’s choice for Park and Rec department as managers of the conference center. Take a look at Newport Park and...

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