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6/26/2013 7:47:00 AM
School district will move ahead with $10m bond
Matt Santos/ReviewVeronica Marrow introduced several members of the CVUSD bond committee during the June 20 meeting.
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Veronica Marrow introduced several members of the CVUSD bond committee during the June 20 meeting.
Matt Santos
Reporter

The Chino Valley Unified School District governing body voted on Thursday, June 20, to move ahead with a plan to place a $9.9 million bond on the Nov. 5 ballot.

The unanimous decision came following a presentation by members of a bond committee made up of 16 Chino residents who have met over the past several weeks. In their meetings, the committee weighed and prioritized the financial needs of the district.

Introduced by Veronica Marrow, the speakers highlighted several areas that will benefit from the bond if voters approve it, including an advanced learning lab that will provide state of the art technology and communications systems. The lab will allow students to participate in distance learning programs from around the country as well as international projects.

Safety and security upgrades listed on the proposal included new locks and surveillance cameras for all district campuses, a $2 million HVAC system, and a $2.5 million transportation overhaul that includes the replacement of 15 CVUSD buses.

Also included in the proposal was a new athletic complex and performing arts facility.

The committee members came from various backgrounds, ranging from parents of CVUSD students, like Marrow, to local business owners and other community leaders, including Susan Tobey, a retiree and active service organization volunteer.

"I am lucky enough to be retired, but my husband and I are both very active in the community and we just love the school district. I am very passionate about this," said Tobey. She spoke about the HVAC needs of the district, pointing out the need for student comfort and well being in extreme temperatures.

"I feel it's very difficult for students to study and concentrate when the rooms are uncomfortable," said Tobey. The district has about 180 classrooms, currently controlled with swamp cooler units.

Tobey also presented the performing arts facility proposal that includes a remodel of the high school's west gym. The remodel plans will provide a place for music and drama productions, as well as a meeting center for district and community events.

The next step in the bond process is for printed materials to be sent to all registered voters by August, along with a community education campaign spearheaded by the committee members.

Along with Marrow and Tobey, the committee included Gary Warren, Dr. Robert Bowen, Marcia Valenzuela, Crystal Hadley, John Morgan, Jeramy Plumb, Ross Nickle, Sam Johnson, Sherri Mannix, Rebecca Cutlip, Todd League, Wayne Ballard, Norma Bennet, and Annie Mortensen.







Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, July 1, 2013
Article comment by: News Flash

News Flash- Your education was financed by tax payers, and now that you all are retired you don't want to give back. You old farts do nothing but complain about today's youth. I pay Social Security to take care of you, knowing full well that it will not be there to take care of me when I retire, yet I still pay because it is my civic duty. Our buses and school facilities are embarrassing and unsafe. This new tax will replace an expiring tax, for a net reduction in your bill. It is really hard to try and teach today's youth to respect the elderly when you have such disdain for them.

Posted: Friday, June 28, 2013
Article comment by: High School Student

It would also be nice to get new desks, carpets, many more computers and textbooks.We often come across the challenge of having to sit in broken desks, some carpets have been stained for years, it is a HUGE struggle to get into a computer lab when trying to do a class assignment because there is not many computers, some textbooks are older than us and there is not enough for us to take home. Students like myself would appreciate the money being spent on something we use everyday.

Posted: Thursday, June 27, 2013
Article comment by: I'll Tell You Who

INVEST IN EDUCATION - I'll tell you who paid for my education. My parents! In parochial schools. And we were not rich, or even "well to do". Many times my parents did not know where the next meal was coming from. Father worked, and mother was a homemaker. But THEY had priorities, and fortunately my education was one of them. I feel that the prevailing philosophy today is what can I get from the government, for myself or my children. I walked toand from school (2.5 miles each way) and I'm a better person for it today. I think that the PIF philosophy often equates to a free lunch on the part of recipients.


Posted: Thursday, June 27, 2013
Article comment by: Invest in Education

@Definitly need these
CHILDREN who Perform in SPORTS or PERFORMING ARTS, MUSIC, any extracurricular activities do perform academically at a higher level then students that are not involved in their school. Student sucess, dedication, perseverance, teamwork, and good self-esteem is what is learned when you participate in any extracurricular activity. This gives you less free-time in get involved in other activities that could affect the rest of your life, especially in today's environment.


Posted: Thursday, June 27, 2013
Article comment by: Definitely Need These

Oh by all means, a sports complex and a performing arts facility. These will really aid in having the students be able to read and write. Oh, forgot, reading and writing are secondary to providing a social atmosphere that will result in a more well rounded graduate. Give me a break. Let's get back to basics and educate the students. I personally think that the students will survive without these, and in a time of "fiscal constraint" (which the CVUSD does not seem to understand) let's cut out the gingerbread.


Posted: Thursday, June 27, 2013
Article comment by: INVEST IN EDUCATION

To you all retired living on a budget, who do you think paid your way when you where in school or lived in a community. Most of you am sure are not from here you moved here AFTER YOU RETIRED and if you are born & raised lived in chino all your life thats why it looks the way it is Nobody wants any or any improvement for our community. Remember its called PAY IT FORWARD. How can you justifed not wanting to invested in our childrens education just like someone did for YOU. Remember with no improvements for sports or performing arts leaves kids with nothing to do except trouble cuz that doesnt cost money too right DUH!!! I will be voting YES as I am a MOTHER of THREE and MaRRIED not on WELFARE WORK FULLTIME AS SO DOES MY HUSBAND

Posted: Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Article comment by: MIKE B.

I HAVE BEEN A HOME OWNER SINCE 1970.
WE HAVE RAISED 2 KIDS AND NOW GRAND'S.
I HAVE PAID MY DUES. IF THIS BOND COST ME ONE SINGLE DIME MORE I WILL VOTE IT DOWN.
I HAVE A BUDGET TO LIVE ON , YOU DO THE SAME.


Posted: Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Article comment by: Necessities Only

All feel good nice to haves wish list. The only justifiable expense is the replacement of the HVAC system. I still say vote NO!

Posted: Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Article comment by: That 's Insane!

Oh sure thing, taxes are gonna go down, wink, wink. Funny the article says nothing about a reduction in taxes. Don't think they would be shouting that from the rooftops if it was true? That's just insane to say taxes will go down by adding more debt. You just can't add $10 million more to your existing debt and expect taxes to go down. If you actually believe taxes will go down, I have some swamp land I'd like to sell you.

Posted: Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Article comment by: Crystal Hadley

Our taxes will actually go down, not up. I am a single mom and I support this bond. And yes, I do pay property taxes!

Posted: Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Article comment by: Robert Bowen

Taxes from the school bond will not raise your taxes. The taxes will go down.

Posted: Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Article comment by: Another NO

At a time when most people are scrambling to reduce their budget outlay, our educators are going in the opposite direction. Where does it end? It hopefully will end when this Bond proposal is defeated in the election. Does the term "live within your means" not apply to all?

Posted: Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Article comment by: Just Say No!

No! No! and NO! Absolutely not! My taxes are high enough. Everything and I mean EVERYTHING is going up, except our pay of course. I'm on a fixed income and my spouse hasn't had a raise in 5 years. In fact his pay has decreased, thanks to Obama. I will not vote to make my school taxes even higher, especially when this school district sees fit to spend my tax dollars on providing meals to people during the summer months. Good grief, it's not the job of the school district to feed people. Their job is to educate in reading, writing, and arithmetic. Not offer social welfare programs.



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