The Hermiston School District placed a $104 million bond measure on the ballot on May 16, 2017 and the voters did not approve the bond measure. The election results showed 42 percent favored the measure versus 58 percent that opposed it.

The District is seeking community feedback to learn information as to why the bond failed to pass. The District is dedicated to maintaining a strong relationship with parents and community members to provide the very best education for students. The key to that relationship is open communication. The anonymous information obtained will be used by district administration and school board to plan for the future of the facilities.

Thoughtexchange is the tool that will be used to initiate an honest and candid conversation. To join the conversation community members and staff are encouraged to sign up by visiting http://signup.thotex.com/hermiston/Lnj. The participant will be asked to enter an e-mail address, a code will be e-mailed to the individual signing up, the participant will need to create a password and then the person will be able to enter the conversation by clicking “Share Your Thoughts” link. The Thoughtexchange link will be active from June 2-11 until 11 p.m.

The process to provide feedback may take as little as 5-10 minutes. The individual may complete the questions at their own pace, go back and change, add or delete the answer until June 11.

The information gathered by Thoughtexchange will be shared with district administrators and board. The information shared will help the District review and help prioritize the thoughts that are most important to community members and staff. It will help the District get a sense of the shared values and priorities of the community and help plan for the future of our facilities.

Everyone’s contribution is valuable; everyone’s participation is highly encouraged.