Oregon senator wants $200 million for school seismic upgrades

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Sen. Peter Courtney, D-Salem, stood near the steps at McKinley Elementary Tuesday morning when he announced a plan for the 2015 Legislature to spend $200 million on seismic upgrades to schools.

"We do know like in China when an earthquake hit the schools, it was devastating the number of children that were lost there," Courtney said. "We do have this responsibility to the children to try and get the schools to the point they can take this kind of hit."

The Senate President's proposal would use general fund bonds that the Legislature would disperse as grants to public school districts across Oregon. Schools with the highest risk of collapse would be prioritized and none of the grants would be larger than $1.5 million.

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