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Commentary by Brian Walters and Dr. Marc Winger
| Wednesday, Aug 6, 2014
Brian Walters

Brian Walters

For years, California has had a model school facility program that is a partnership between the state, local school districts and developers to share funding for new school construction and classroom renovation.

When the voters in a local school district pass a school bond measure, the district becomes eligible to receive matching grant funds from the state. Over the last few years, the school districts of the Santa Clarita Valley have been successful in securing voter approval of bonds such as Newhall School District’s Measure E. We have planned for projects based on the possibility of state-match grants.

In Newhall, we planned conservatively so that projects which are most critical, such as replacing aging portable classrooms with permanent construction, could move forward with Measure E bond funds while expansions of project scope and projects at other sites were contingent on the receipt of state-match funds. We would like to be able to accomplish everything we planned – but only state matching funds can allow us to stretch our local dollars into other, still-needed projects.

Unfortunately, the state hasn’t passed a statewide bond since 2006, and the program funds are now depleted. Unless a new statewide school bond measure is approved, many communities like ours are going to be restricted to the minimum completion of projects we envisioned for our students.

Dr. Marc Winger

Dr. Marc Winger

Local voters who supported Measure E lose on the promise of “more bang for the buck” of state-match funds.

What’s more, if we don’t continue this successful partnership, the potential of thousands of construction jobs will be lost, jeopardizing California’s recovery from the Great Recession. We’re proud of the fact that Newhall’s bond dollars have helped to fuel the economy by employing hundreds of construction industry workers.

Statewide, voters have shown time and again that they will invest in their schools. They deserve an opportunity to vote on the issue. Our state Legislature must pass, and Gov. Brown must sign, AB 2235, a bill that will put the school bond on the November ballot, allowing the voters to decide.

Failing to do so limits NSD’s ability to complete all that we wanted to accomplish for our kids – to provide modernized and beautiful community schools that enhance home values – and could potentially damage our economic recovery by not generating local construction jobs.

 

Brian Walters is the governing board president and Dr. Marc Winger is superintendent of the Newhall School District.

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  1. Chris Hulse Chris Hulse says:

    It was only a matter of time before the money mongers came out again!! We’re poor we need more money for the schools I say bs I’ve watched this over and over again and again like a broken record, here’s an idea get rid of your poor performing teachers, get rid of the bs retirement fund that this money is really for, for once I challenge you to tell the truth on where the money funnels to, not to the children’s classes, not to the schools that’s why their all going charter, really your going and try and sell that old ugly garbage again, we’re not stupid.

  2. I thought the lottery was suppose to help fund schools. Where’s all that money going?

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