CAMPAIGN FOR SCHOOL BOND HITS THE STREETS

September 27, 2000 12:00 am

Brookings-Harbor residents can expect to see a flurry of mailings, e-mails and flyers around town as supporters begin their campaign in earnest this week to pass a $14 million school bond.

With the election clock already ticking, supporters of the District 17-C School Bond met Saturday to plan exactly how they were going to convince voters to spend more in taxes to improve local schools.

We need everyones help whether its licking stamps, sending e-mails and putting up flyers around town, Bette Moore told a group of about 25 people at an informational forum on Saturday.

Moore joined several members of the Curry County Committee for Public Education at the Chetco Community Public Library.

The purpose of the forum was to answer the publics questions about the bond and to enlist the publics help in passing it.

If passed by voters in November, the school bond would pay for remodeling several of the Brookings four schools and new construction that would help alleviate crowded conditions.

Two previous school district bonds have been rejected by voters by a substantial margin.

This time, members of the Committee for Public Education are more optimistic about their chances of passing the current bond.

Central Point, Ore., just passed a $30 million school bond that didnt designate exactly what the money is going to be used for, said Committee vice president Larry Anderson.

Brookings bond will list where the money will go item by item, Anderson said. We are showing people where every cent will go.

He added that the committee has been very accountable to the public.

All our cards are on the table.

Committee Treasurer Jim Nash told the public on Saturday the group would like to raise at least $5,000 for the campaign.

Most of the money would be used to get exposure for the bond, Nash said. That would include 3,000 eight-inch pins, signs and flyers all featuring a checked box and the words 17-C Bond Education.

The committee will also mail to voters a large fact sheet explaining the bond proposal and why it should be passed.

Any additional money raised would also be used to publish ads in the newspaper and on local radio stations, Nash said.

Anderson said, Every attempt has been made to make sure we dont make people feel guilty.