Campaign for $110 million MPUSD bond gets underway.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Parents, teachers, and politicians met up in Seaside Sept. 14 to raise money and build excitement for the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District's proposed $110 million bond issue, which will appear on the November ballot.
"We have to do the right thing for our kids," says MPUSD administrator Sharon Albert, who is also the parent of a Colton middle school student. "Some of our schools are very old. They're in desperate need of real infrastructure repair."
For example, Albert says she's received grants for brand new Apple computers, enough for an entire class full of kids, but at 100-year old Monterey High, there simply aren't enough electrical outlets in most classrooms to plug them all in. Then, there's the sweltering heat in some parts of the school, and near freezing temperatures in others.
Polls commissioned by the school district earlier this year showed the bond could garner enough votes to win, but just barely.
Taxpayer groups have challenged some of the items for which the district wants to spend bond funds, and argue that the district's timing might be off: With so many people struggling to pay their mortgages, they question whether homeowners will opt to tax themselves to pay for school improvements.