On January 27, 2016, the Athena-Weston School District was chosen by the Oregon Department of Education to receive a matching grant of $4 million under the First in Time grants. The district was the first one to be drawn in the lottery grants; only six school districts in the state received commitment of funds. The grant money is contingent on the school district passing a General Obligation Bond this May.
The grants are part of the Oregon School Capital Improvement Matching Program (OSCIM) under Senate Bill 447. The primary goal of SB 447 is to encourage communities to pass local school district General Obligation (GO) bonds to address the deferred maintenance problems present in Oregon’s schools.
How does this grant work?
If voters in Athena and Weston pass the school bond on May 17, 2016 for $4 million, the state will give the district an additional $4 million, for a total of $8 million to be used for district schools.
If the bond does not pass, the school district will not get any money from the state toward bond projects.