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Gales Creek, Dilley schools to see improvements, upgrades

With the passage of measure 34-320, a Forest Grove School District bond to replace Cornelius Elementary School and fund a number of other projects, some of those dollars raised will make their way to schools in Gales Creek and Dilley. 

“Each one of our schools, including Dilley and Oak Grove Academy, will have security upgrades as a result of the bond passing,” FGSD spokesperson David Warner said in an email to the Gales Creek Journal. 

The bond will fund things like secure entrances, alarms, fire safety improvements, and security cameras at schools across the district. Projects like new HVAC systems, plumbing, lighting, electrical systems, and technology improvements could also be made in Gales Creek and Dilley.

The district’s Oak Grove Academy is housed largely at the former Gales Creek Elementary School. 

Dilley Elementary on March 12, 2018. Photo: Chas Hundley

Dilley Elementary will also get a new Pre-K classroom, along with every other elementary school in the district.

More than 55% of voters cast a ballot in favor of the $121 million bond by November 8. It’s expected to increase the tax rate by $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed value.

A full list of proposed projects can be found online at forestgroveschoolbond.com/projects.

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Chas Hundley is the editor of the Gales Creek Journal and sister news publications the Banks Post and the Salmonberry Magazine. He grew up in Gales Creek and has a cat.

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