Prop. R fails — now what?
Proposition R, the school district’s $66 million bond bid, failed.
So what now, Ramona? Before the election, some planning to vote No said they could get contractors to help with some of the projects, that the community would rather contribute a specific amount to a specific cause. Well, here’s our chance.
We can argue how and why the district got in this fiscal mess, but we can’t argue that it’s in a mess. Prop. 30 sales tax passage isn’t the total answer for Ramona. In addition to other issues, there’s $32 million to $34 million still owed on the $25 million loan a previous board approved in 2004.
The state’s budget crisis helped trigger the district’s deficit spending the past few years. In three years, the district went from spending 85 percent of its budget on employee salaries and benefits to 90 percent. What suffered were areas such as supplies, technology upgrades, and maintenance.
The district’s management and support staff have taken double-digit cuts to help the district weather this economic storm. We strongly encourage the teachers to follow them in making concessions to get through this crisis.
Here’s where we, the community, can make a difference. Let’s work on a Wish List based on some of the needed school repairs and upgrades.
We asked the district for ideas, and we have an initial list. Items like fencing, roofs, asphalt, irrigation wells, phone systems, wireless infrastructure, painting, carpeting, and shade structures with solar panels are on it.
Individuals, clubs, church groups, contractors, merchants, business and social organizations, and anyone else willing to pitch in can check one item—maybe two—off the list. There may be help outside the community. Coordinating that with the district could provide some improvements. A Laguna Hills firm, for example, repaired and repaved a track at a school in Poway this year.
The district has some valid concerns—things like licenses, insurance, and permits. We can discuss them.
What do you think? Let us know: Call 760-789-1350, extension 109, comment on ramonasentinel.com, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- What’s the holdup?
- School District and Teachers Association Need to Work Together
- Schools brace for budget cuts
- Prop. R is not sound fiscal management
- Alternatives to Prop. R
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