Views Differ on School Bond

County Registrar names local bond measure as Measure S.

Written by ALBERT CHEN / Published August 31, 2012 

Temple City Unified School District voters will consider Measure S, the $128.8 million bond, this November.

If passed, the bond measure will levy a new tax on property owners in the amount of $58.80 per $100,000 in assessed value. The money will pay for the renovation of Temple City schools.

Temple City School Board Member Joe Walker, like Superintendent Chelsea Kang-Smith, has expressed support for Measure S.

“If enacted, this measure will upgrade classrooms, technology infrastructure throughout the District, and improve capacity and facilities for vocational education, art, and performing arts,” Mr. Walker said. “These upgrades will assure that Temple City Unified students have the educational tools they need– even as technology and career paths evolve well into the future and will allow TCUSD students to compete in an environment equal to others.”

Student Board Member Kyle Evanko has also stated he is in favor of the bond measure.

“I’m completely in favor of the school bond as it will greatly enhance our schools and bring an improved reputation to Temple City,” the Temple City High School senior said.

Mr. Evanko stated, “It will help unify our city along with increasing property value for our citizens, and the new facilities will in turn help our students, enhancing their educational careers.”

However, not all voters support Measure S.

Temple City resident Diana Young opposes the bond measure because of current economic conditions, as well as her concern about the effectiveness of Measure S.

“The problem with the current bond is: first of all, the economy is not great and, second of all, they want a huge amount of money,” she said. “They [also] currently have a bond already, so it’s going to be a bond on top of a bond.”

In 1998, Temple City voters approved a $24 million bond measure. According to the Los Angeles County of Education, as of June 2011, the school district had $18.6 million in existing bond obligations.

“I don’t trust the [school] district to make good use of the money,” Ms. Young stated. “It doesn’t last long enough to make it worth it.  I believe whenever there is a [bond] it’s not going to last 25 years so in about 10 years they will want another bond.”

Measure S requires 55 percent in voter support to pass. Voters will consider the bond measure on November 6.

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