posted May 1, 2018, 3:40 PM by Kristen Delaney

Schools and emergency services buildings across the state of Oregon will soon be safer due to the latest round of seismic rehabilitation grants from Business Oregon. Twelve schools, including Sherwood Middle School, and eight emergency service organizations will receive $35 million in grants to shore up their structures in preparation for impending earthquakes.

"Building a more resilient Oregon is a top priority, and we must continue our critical, ongoing efforts to bolster our schools and key emergency and community centers throughout the state,” Governor Kate Brown said. "By working together to leverage local, state, and federal resources, we can create safer communities that will be better prepared and ready to recover more quickly from a major disaster or catastrophic Cascadia earthquake."  

The Seismic Rehabilitation Grant Program is a state of Oregon competitive grant program that provides funding for the seismic rehabilitation of critical public buildings, specifically public schools and emergency services facilities. The program was created by the Oregon Legislature in 2005, transferred to Business Oregon in 2014, and is one of the infrastructure programs Business Oregon administers who help develop livable and prosperous communities in addition to business development services and programs.

“The Sherwood Middle School is a key component of addressing growth across the district” said Jim Rose, Chief Operations Officer. “The Seismic Rehabilitation Grant will help the district with a much needed strategic investment in our facilities. We are thrilled to leverage these dollars with the 2016 Capital Improvement Bond resources to keep students safe in their learning environment.”  

We thank Business Oregon for continuing to support student safety within the Sherwood School District.