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Springfield School Bond Fails

Hamlin Middle School.
Angela Kellner
Hamlin Middle School.

Springfield School District leaders are disappointed a $62.5 million measure failed to pass Tuesday.

Hamlin Middle School.
Credit Angela Kellner
Hamlin Middle School.

The money was sought to upgrade technology, replace Hamlin Middle School and upgrade other school buildings. Devon Ashbridge is Springfield Schools Communications Specialist:

Ashbridge: "The need to replace Hamlin hasn't diminished at all and we still have aging facilities and technologies. So I think the next steps are to work with our community to find out why the bond measure didn't pass, look at how we can create a solution that benefits everyone and everyone can support and then look to come back to our voters in a future election."

The vote was close with 51 percent against the bond and 48 in favor.

Junction City voters defeated a similar measure by a larger margin. Their School District's $ 32.4 million bond to replace aging facilities was rejected by 64 percent of voters.

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Rachael McDonald is News Director at KLCC. She’s been with the station for more than 10 years. Previously, she established the Richland, Washington bureau for the Northwest News Network. She also worked as News Director at KAZU in Monterey, California. Rachael has won numerous awards for her reporting.