Gubser Elementary is one of the first five schools beginning construction under the 2018 bond program.

In 2018, voters approved a $619.7 million bond to fund improvements for Salem-Keizer schools. Today, supporters of Gubser Elementary School, including local officials, school board members, community supporters and school staff, gathered to celebrate the ground breaking of one of the first five schools planned to begin construction under the 2018 bond program.

Gubser will receive a new cafeteria and kitchen and three new classrooms, as well as see improvements to the gymnasium, relocation of the covered play area and removal of all portable classrooms. Gubser was not originally slated for the first wave of construction, but because the school had run out of classrooms and enrollment was growing quickly, the project was moved up.

“We couldn’t be more excited for the improvements planned for our schools,” said Superintendent Christy Perry. “Thanks to the patience and support of our community, we are able to implement substantial changes to our district that will help reinforce the ultimate goal of preparing all students for a successful life after graduation.”

Though operations will be very different during construction, commitment to student safety and success remains the highest priority.

For more information on future groundbreakings, the status of a bond project or other projects funded by the 2018 bond program, please visit the Bond Program page on the district website.

Watch the full video of the groundbreaking, including speeches by Gubser students Colin and Marin Williams, on the Salem-Keizer Public Schools Facebook page.