Like wildflowers blooming in spring, Yes on Measure CC signs sprouted up throughout Culver City over the weekend. From Blair Hills to Carlson Park and from West Culver City to Veterans Park, signs supporting the bond issue that will help repair a wide array of facilities across all of Culver City Unified School District’s 10 school sites appeared on lawns and store windows.
Supporters are encouraging voters to support CC when it appears on the June 3, 2014 ballot.
But support for CC has materialized in more than just lawn signs.
Over the past several weeks, nearly every organization in town has moved to support Measure CC. From the Culver City Council and the Culver City Chamber of Commerce to the United Parents of Culver City and the Culver City Education Foundation, it seems all of Culver City is supporting the repairs of Culver City school facilities.
“It has been amazing,” said Yes on CC co-chair Laura Chardiet. “People and organizations representing all parts of our city know that great schools mean a great community, and they’re lining up behind Measure CC.
“It is essential that we have updated school facilities that include the technology necessary to prepare our students for college and careers,” Dr. Kati Krumpe, CCUSD’s Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services, said recently. “Providing learning opportunities for students that align with 21st century learning goals require updated classroom and laboratory facilities.”
Leading up to the placement of Measure CC on the ballot, CCUSD conducted a comprehensive evaluation of the condition of all our school facilities and presented its findings in a Facilities Master Plan, which is available on the district’s website – www.ccusd.org.
The range of projects funded if the bond passes will include:
Repairing or replacing deteriorating school floors, walls, windows, leaky roofs, plumbing systems and rest rooms.
Bringing schools up to modern standards for fire and earthquake safety, removing asbestos, fungus and other hazardous materials, and install needed fencing, lighting, locks and security to keep students safe.
Installing or upgrading air conditioning, heating and air filtration to ensure healthy learning environments.
Upgrading and repairing aging school electrical systems, and replacing science labs and equipment so that our schools can offer modern classroom technology and computer science to students.
Providing the technological equipment and the modern classrooms necessary to ensure that all of our students are college and career ready.
Providing permanent classrooms for our students in the continuation high school.
The Facilities Master Plan outlines a wide array of projects at each and every school site. Measure CC will improve the learning environment of all CCUSD students – from preschool to high school.
“Unfortunately, because of tight budgets, the condition of our school facilities has deteriorated,” said co-chair Kathy Paspalis. “Now, is the time to do something about it. By passing Measure CC Culver City voters will ensure our schools are clean and safe and provide a first-rate learning environment for our kids. Improving our school campuses will also help preserve the high quality of life and strong property values residents enjoy.”
Measure CC is supported by all five members of the CCUSD Board of Education, Culver City Council, Culver City Chamber of Commerce, Culver City Education Foundation, United Parents of Culver City and hundreds of Culver City residents. For more information about Measure CC, please visit www.culvercitykids.org.
The group is also seeking phone bankers for its get-out-the-vote campaign. If you are interested in volunteering, or YOU would like a lawn sign, please contact Leslie Gardner at [email protected]
– from Laura Chardiet