I have a few questions about the current discussions about putting a bond proposal on the November ballot. Just for the record, I am a CCHS parent.
1. How much will the actual election cost? Is it an amount that the district can afford to risk? If the bond measure fails, will something significant have to be cut to pay for the election?
2. How much of the $70 million is needed for health and safety reasons. I know I have read that water fountains and bathrooms are being worked on this summer. If that is the case, is there an immediate need for the bond issue? What else is on the list that either will not last the 20 years of the bond issue or could be funded otherwise? What else is on the list that is really needed immediately?
3. I noticed that the natatorium has been mentioned. Isn’t the issue here the ongoing energy and maintenance costs, not the capital improvement costs?
4. Is there state funding available for any of the work, especially the work connected to the Americans withe Disabilities Act? What about federal funding?
5. The proponents of putting the measure on the November ballot seem to be certain that they can get the votes out to support the bond? Do they have any specific strategies planned for that?
6. What do teachers, school staff and students say the schools need? Is that information available anywhere?
Personally I support a bond measure, even though I was taught growing up that you save up to pay for big expenses rather than taking out loans. I know that the funding mechanisms for schools do not allow this. I do think that it is worth it to take a deep breath and be sure that November is really the right time, and that the bond proposal is the right proposal.