Consider a No vote on Proposition R

By J. Dyer

Once again the public school bureaucracy is asking us for more of our money. Instead of prioritizing their needs and putting their generous funding to better use, they want more. They imply their efforts are all about the children, but it is really all about the bureaucracy.

They want to redistribute your wealth into their pockets so they don’t have to make too many changes to the system. I suggest we require them to redistribute the wealth they already have received from us and put that redistribution toward the children and facilities placed in their care.

The school district recently sent out a political flyer supporting Proposition R. The flyer boasted of district awards and performance. I called the school district office to see if I could get clarification on the statistics they put in the flyer. I wanted to know more about test scores, more about the awards they claimed to receive, and I wanted to hear from them directly why they felt more money was the solution to their problems. I left a message asking them to call me to discuss this information. I received no call back.

I went to the California Department of Education website to see if I could check their assertions. According to the political flyer, the Ramona school district (this includes nine schools) received several awards. What you did find on the website is that a few of the schools in the district were recognized for some type of accomplishment or potential for accomplishment over the last several years. It does not appear that all schools were recognized for merit. By the flyer’s own admission, 25 percent of the district schools don’t seem to meet the minimum scores the state considers acceptable.

According to the California Department of Education website, the Ramona school district appears to get over $8,000 per year per student. You can buy a lot of quality private education for that high price tag, and that private education would not have to include the contemporary socialist and politically correct propaganda required in public school education. Do you really want your property taxed another $100 to $300 (or more) each year to give an average performing bureaucracy more money?

If you are a renter, you don’t escape the tax increase. All residents will have their housing costs increased if Proposition R passes. Please don’t agree to another tax increase on yourselves. You pay enough already!

Had they called me back, the district would have probably told me that their performance and infrastructure problems are caused by us not giving them enough money—as their flyer implies. I don’t believe it, and I don’t want to give hundreds of dollars more each year to a school district with a seemingly marginal performance record. Getting over $8,000/year/student should be enough for all district schools to meet the minimum target scores and to maintain appropriate buildings and equipment.

The district needs to use its generous budget more prudently instead of asking us to give more from our personal budgets. The district is avoiding the difficult task of redirecting more of its ample funding to maintain a proper learning environment for students. They would rather you do the more difficult task of giving them more from your limited budgets.

Tell them you’ve given them enough.

Please consider voting No on Proposition R.

J. Dyer is a Ramona resident.

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4 Comments for “Consider a No vote on Proposition R”

  1. enough is enough!

    The flyer I received touted the endorsement of the San Diego County Taxpayers Association. They also endorsed Poway's troublesome bond measure. The claimed cost to Ramona homeowners is merely a guestimate, and you can bet they low-balled it.

  2. Ramona Resident

    I remember something similar being proposed a long time ago. A bond for a new roof at Ramona High School passed, and the money was used to get the bleachers at the football field instead. The school district then came back the next election season for roof money again. Uh huh. Yup.

    $8000 per student. Per student. Think about that.

    • Fed Up!!!!

      What I find funny is that they obviously aren't doing ANY maintenance. They send out flyers that show facilities that are in disrepair from obvious lack of maintenance. You don't get to build a new school and say well it's new, no work needs to be done! That's the attitude of the maintenance department which plays well for their card games in the maintenance office and the three hour daily nap time that at least one of them takes at home. Folks don't believe for one minute that this money, should the residents be stupid enough to approve won't be squandered away. There is a reason why a bond issue of this magnitude has never passed here. People are smarter than the RUSD officials think they are. There is incompetence from top to bottom and a good house cleaning is in order.

  3. No to Prop R

    I am voting NO on Proposition R as it appears to be misleading in its overall purpose. It really is being pushed to allow the Ramona School District to pay off the unapproved loan the district obtained to build the Mountain Valley Academy school. Now Prop R is being touted to be slated for "repairing leaky roofs" when in actuality it will be used largely for payments to this previous loan. So now Ramona citizens will be on the hook for the current multi-million dollar loan as the debt incurred by sixty-six MILLION dollar bond issue. Ramona citizens who are already feeling the effect of extremely high gas and food prices will now also experience increased property taxes. Increased property taxes will make living in Ramona less attractive and thus decrease home values everywhere in Ramona! WHEN will Ramona and the rest of California realize that borrowing is only making us slaves to debt? Don't be fooled by Prop R – it isn't for the children! It is for an inept school board that doesn't want to make hard choices of living within their budget!

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