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School Bond Market Favors
In a fluctuating market, Junction City School District was able to leverage buyers for a successful return on bond sales this week. The District hired Piper Jaffray to facilitate $14.635 million in bond sales as generously authorized by our voters this last May. All bonds were purchased during the sale window coordinated between the District and Piper Jaffray. The calculated yield rates made them very palatable to a number of financial management companies, private investors, and industry professionals.
The estimated tax rate impact to our community was originally stated in our informational bond campaign as $1.62 per thousand dollars of assessed home value. The final rate has come in just under that amount and is estimated to remain at that amount throughout the ten year term, thus meeting our commitment to our taxpayers.
Additionally, the structure of the sale enabled the District to also realize premiums paid by the investors. These premiums have resulted in more than $2.8 million in additional capital construction revenue beyond the $14.635 million in bonds. Combined with the $4 million in matching funds from the State, the District will have a total of just over $21.5 million in capital funds to invest in the projects identified under the initial bond title. This means the District will be able to invest in more of the critical infrastructure needs at each of our buildings as well as achieve greater progress toward our high school investment master plan.
As outlined in our earlier bond information, the District will adopt an evaluation and decision –making process for distributing these funds to projects as identified in both our original bond title and master plan and will share the results with our community as that evolves.
Junction City students, staff, and community will be updated throughout this process, and our staff will be available to answer any questions. This week’s bond sale success will allow us to further our goal of maintaining and advancing district facilities to support district educational goals, enhance safety, and promote community involvement.
Thank you again to all of our community for your support.
Junction City School District Awarded $52,000 for TAG Students!
A big thank you to TAG Coordinator and Principal Dina Marschall for applying and receiving the Chintimini Fund Grant!
Since 2006, the Chintimini Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation has supported programs for high-potential students — including those identified as talented and gifted (TAG) — at schools and other community organizations in Lane, Linn, Benton, Tillamook, and Lincoln counties. The fund seeks to encourage programs that inspire and motivate "bright but bored" students who are not fully engaged by existing school programs.
The Oregon Community Foundation is pleased to announce that JUNCTION
CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT has been awarded an advised fund grant of $52,000
from the CHINTIMINI FUND OF THE OREGON COMMUNITY FOUNDATION - Small
Grants Program for High Potential Students.
$5,500 has been approved for Just Build It!
$5,500 has been approved for Who Wants to Know?
$5,500 has been approved for College and Career Connections
$2,500 has been approved for the Brain Bowl
$5,500 has been approved for More Galore!
$5,500 has been approved for Kids Are Inventors
$5,500 has been approved for the Book Brigade
$5,500 has been approved for Kids Are Authors
$5,500 has been approved for Techno Groupies
$5,500 has been approved for Junior Just Build It!
Thank you Dina and the Chintimini Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation for all you do for Junction City students!
Oregon Battle of the Books
JCHS Rabid Unicorns
Region 3 North Champions!
Please congratulate Beth Knope, Brennan Leatherwood, Kieley Leatherwood and Eryn Leatherwood. The JCHS team won the Region 3 OBOB North Championship!
JCHS along with 2nd place Elmira, move on to the State Championship at Chemeketa Community College April 9th where they hope to win it all!
This is an impressive win. Our students competed and won with large point spreads against Churchill, Sheldon, North Eugene and Thurston (among others). The score against Elmira was a staggering 85-40!
Congratulations Ryan Sherman
Dean's List Finalist!
JCHS student, Ryan Sherman, and three other Oregon Robotics members, will be welcomed at the FTC World Championship in St. Louis where he will represent himself, his team, and his community. This is a huge honor! As a finalist, he is one of approximately 400,000 Robotic students nationwide!
Junction City School District Placed on the College Board’s Gaston Caperton Opportunity Honor Roll for Expanding Access to College
Junction City, Oregon — Junction City School District is one of 130 school districts in the United States- and one of only two Districts in Oregon- being recognized for creating opportunities for traditionally underrepresented students. The districts featured on the Honor Roll have expanded access to higher education by providing students with rigorous academic offerings and innovative college-preparation programs.
130 School Districts Across the U.S. Are Honored
Junction City School District Superintendent, Dr. Kathleen Rodden-Nord says, “The District is honored to be recognized for outstanding achievement with respect to preparing historically underrepresented students for post-secondary education. Increasing post-secondary options for our graduates has been a priority goal for the JCSD Board of Directors for a number of years. Our District’s improving graduation rates, the sizeable scholarship awards received by our students, and honors such as this one affirm the board’s goal and the commitment and exceptional work of our entire staff in support of all students.
Districts on the Honor Roll demonstrated significant and consistent growth in the number of under-represented students and students from lower-income backgrounds participating in AP®, taking the SAT®, and applying to four or more colleges.
“The Gaston Caperton Opportunity Honor Roll recognizes educators and administrators who excel in delivering opportunity to students,” said David Coleman, president and CEO of the College Board. “By increasing access to stimulating courses and college opportunity, they have created a culture of success that will continue to grow and benefit students.”
Junction City High School was included on the Gaston Caperton Opportunity Honor Roll because the school:
||Increased the total number of underrepresented students who took the SAT
||Increased the total number of underrepresented students who took an AP course and exam
||Increased the total number of underrepresented students who were on track for college as demonstrated by scoring 1550+ on the SAT
||Increased the total number of underrepresented students who scored a 3 or higher on an AP exam
||Increased the total number of underrepresented students who sent their SAT scores to at least four colleges
In 2012, Junction City School District staff began to identify, discuss, and challenge those institutional practices which serve as barriers to success for Historically Underrepresented Groups of students (HUG students). In the years since, HUG students have benefitted through the work of the high school’s College and Career Center, the addition of Puertas Abiertas- a Lane Community College leadership class for Latino youth, continuing evaluation student achievement data that has driven improvements in curriculum and instructional practices, and the establishment of District Equity Teams made up of licensed, classified, and administrative staff.
The complete Gaston Caperton Opportunity Honor Roll can be found at https://secure-media.collegeboard.org/digitalServices/pdf/lp-collegeboard-org/gaston-caperton-honor-roll.pdf
About the College Board
The College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the College Board was created to expand access to higher education. Today, the membership association is made up of over 6,000 of the world’s leading educational institutions and is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education. Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success — including the SAT® and the Advanced Placement Program®. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators, and schools.