The school board votes to place a bond measure on the ballot.
Written by AMY FAN / Published August 3, 2012
On Wednesday, the Temple City school board voted 4-0-1 to place a bond on the November ballot. School Board Member Kenneth Knollenberg abstained, while School Board Clerk Kien Tiet voted via electronic means.
If the Temple City Unified School District voters favor the bond measure, then a new tax would be placed on property owners to renovate facilities throughout the school district.
The school board weighed testimonies from teachers, homeowners, business owners, and students sharing their opinions about the proposed bond. Overwhelmingly, the crowd appeared supportive, with only one individual speaking against the bond.
Temple City High School counselor Deanne Sciarrotta and teacher Linda Simons mentioned that there were little places for the students to eat, that the school was crowded, and athletes from other schools did not like to compete with Temple City because of the poor athletic facilities.
Coach Jerry Lawrence also mentioned that the “track was too small,” the P.E. area had “dangerous cracks,” and humorously remarked that Temple City was a “third world school.”
Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Peter Choi also mentioned that the school would maintain high standards for residential and property values, that people choose to live in Temple City for the schools.
However, an opponent of the bond measure argued that the bond was expensive and unfair to homeowners. She advocated that the school board postpone a vote until the economy recovered.
Even the teachers’ union president Deb Maurey spoke, stating that teachers have taken a 4.4 percent salary cut.
Student Board Member Kyle Evanko also expressed his favor for the bond.
“The good thing about the bond is that everyone will benefit,” explained Evanko. “Property value is closely associated with the performance and appeal of the schools. Not only will beautifying the sites increase value, but if things go as planned and the new technology and materials improve learning, property value will go up even more.”
In 1998, the voters approved a $24 million bond to renovate facilities. As of June 2011, there remains $18.6 million in outstanding bond obligations to be paid off.
If voters approve this new bond measure in November, they will also be paying for the bond measure of 1998.