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COOS BAY — The City of Coos Bay approved, Tuesday night, a resolution of support for the Coos Bay School District’s $59.9 million bond measure which will be on the ballot in November.

The bond is an effort to upgrade Coos Bay’s aging school buildings and, if passed, would be matched by a $4 million state grant.

James Martin, a Coos Bay School Board member, spoke on behalf of the bond at Tuesday's meeting.

“We need kids out of schools built in 1954 and in schools built for education in this century,” Martin said.

Coos Bay’s school district tried to pass a bond measure earlier this year, but it failed by 32 votes.

The current proposal is essentially unchanged from the last go-around, save for a $6 million reduction in cost.

The measure hopes to have a new elementary school to replace Blossom Gulch Elementary, put a school for 7th and 8th graders in place of the Harding Building and renovate Madison Elementary.

One of the main focuses is to relocate students from Blossom Gulch, which has a sinking foundation and sits in a tsunami inundation zone.

Mayor Joe Benetti expressed his support for the bond at the meeting.

“This will make a difference in physicians coming here, in development coming here and people, in my opinion, having business here,” Benetti said.

This hasn’t been the first time the district has tried to pass a measure of this magnitude.

Martin said the district placed a similar bond measure on the ballot in 2008.

May’s election — which at one point was too close to call — is fostering optimism for next month’s ballot attempt.

Councilors unanimously approved the resolution.

Reach Saphara Harrell at (541) 269-1222 ext. 239 or by email at saphara.harrell@theworldlink.com

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