Red Bluff Joint Union High School District puts $26 million bond on ballot


RED BLUFF, Calif. - Superintendent Todd Brose said the school board has been researching their facilities' needs over the past year, and came up with the $26 million bond to address those needs.

He said there were two areas that needed to be addressed from the assessment. At first, they looked at was what was inadequate, which needed to be addressed in the next one to two years. The second were facilities that were marginal, which could wait three-to-four years.

$51 million worth of projects fell in the marginal category, while $25 million were inadequate and needed to be addressed immediately.

The board then conducted a public opinion survey to see if the community would be in support of a local bond to fulfill those needs.

"From that survey, they realized that we had 55-62% range that would support a bond," said Brose.

Last May the board formed a community engagement committee for 22 community members and staff members review reports, surveys and facility need to draft a consensus report to pursue a bond. They decided to place the bond on the ballot in July.

Brose said the money would go towards career technical education classes, safety and Americans with Disabilities Act.

"Much of our walkways are uneven due to cracking and chipping. The classrooms themselves, the HV/AC systems, not all of them are up to speed, so we can be more efficient and have better climate for the students," said Brose.

He also said that the high school was one of the few with career preparation class requirements that allow students to have hands-on experience in different trades.

Brose said the school offers over 23 career programs that need modern equipment with the future being increasingly technological.

"The area of focus we're focusing on is our manufacturing. So that would mean state of the art equipment like plasma cutters, and CNC machines so students can enter the workforce with a better understanding of what the technology is in manufacturing," said Brose.

They also want to focus on a nursing program where students can go out with certified nurses to explore whether that is the career path they want to pursue.

He said homeowners in the district would pay for the bond with additional property taxes. For every $100,000 assessed value, an annual tax of $30 would be added.

If the measure passes, it would be split into two parts. $13 million would be issued in 2017 and the other half would be in 2019.

Brose said the board would be held accountable to make sure the funds would go towards what people voted for through a detailed bond list, an oversight committee composed of citizens and an audit company.

He added that his is one of the several districts that will be placing bonds on the ballot for repairs because they are not getting enough funding for repairs from the government.

The bond needs 55% votes in favor to pass. Parts of Shasta County will be able to vote on the measure because the district is on the border.