A survey by Hermiston School District indicates a majority of residents are in support of the district going out for a $104 million bond next year.

The survey showed 63 percent of respondents rated the bond idea favorably after being told that it would include substantial security upgrades and reduce overcrowding in schools. More than half of them voted in at least three of the four past elections.

The results also showed that most community members agreed that the most urgent priorities for the district were replacement of Rocky Heights and Highland Hills elementary schools, construction of an additional elementary school and expansion of Hermiston High School.

When asked to choose between a $104 million package or an $84 million one that would not replace Highland Hills, 37 percent preferred the $104 million bond while 26 percent preferred the $84 million. The rest preferred no bond or another option.

Dr. Fred Maiocco, superintendent, said in a statement that the district would continue to share more about the district’s challenges with growing enrollment throughout the summer and fall.

“This initial survey result is very favorable and indicates the community recognizes the challenges that come with student enrollment growth,” he said.

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