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A cracked and lifted concrete slab is pictured above at the Vallecitos Elementary School in Rainbow.
A cracked and lifted concrete slab is pictured above at the Vallecitos Elementary School in Rainbow.
Wood rot is seen on posts at Vallecitos Elementary School in Rainbow. The Vallecitos School District will seek an approx. $2 million bond in November for improvements to the facility.
Wood rot is seen on posts at Vallecitos Elementary School in Rainbow. The Vallecitos School District will seek an approx. $2 million bond in November ...

Vallecitos to seek $2 million bond in November election

Board of trustees approve resolution for bond to improve facilities

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014
Issue 27, Volume 18.
Andrea Verdin
Special to the Village News

The Vallecitos School District (VSD) board of trustees approved specifications for a bond measure to be put on the Nov. 4 ballot at their June board meeting. Funds from the bond would be used for various improvements at the school facility.

According to VSD superintendent and principal David Jones, the district board has created a facilities improvement priority list that details various projects and renovations needed for the school building and grounds.

"There are some health and safety issues with facilities," explained Jones, who said the budget for facilities maintenance is "nowhere near" where it should be in order to improve all of the renovations and upgrades required.

"These are very much needed improvements," he said. "We are not asking for a new football field or a swimming pool, or any whistles and bells. We need to take care of our facilities, because our campus does not look appealing. In some areas, it has been 20 to 30 years since replacements or improvements have been made."

Some of the improvements listed include new asphalt for the playground area, new drainage for the school field, a septic system, and removal of a large tree with invasive roots that are lifting up parts of the school building.

"Tree removal alone would be a $10,000 decision," said Jones.

The district would also include the installation of a fence alongside the front of the school property for added security and solar panels to be placed on the roof.

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is related to the roof, which needs repair, and will be looked at," said Jones. "Since we are making improvements to the roof, we may use the solar as a way to bring down our energy bills."

Funds from the bond would also be used for technological infrastructure within the school, allowing teachers to meet new state standards for technology.

Jones explained that the resolution was passed by the board, and that a taxpayer survey showed community members would be in favor of the bond measure. Currently, there are no bond measures on the Vallecitos School District community.

"If the bond is passed, it will be about $30 per year for every $100,000 of the assessed value of a home in the district," said Jones. "This is not on what people originally paid on the home, it is on what the value of the home is currently assessed at."

"The bond will be for approximately $2 million," he said.

The bond measure is projected to be voted on during the Nov. 4 election, and a district committee will be formed to educate the community on the fund use.

"It is our job to educate homeowners and inform them on the decision," said Jones. "Since [board] approval has just passed, we have not yet formed the committee. If someone is interested in getting involved, they can contact me directly. We are interested in having town hall meetings and making calls to explain what we are doing."



Comment Profile Imagerbc
Comment #1 | Friday, Jul 4, 2014 at 12:15 pm
They shoud renovate the school. I been their since preschool and its the same. Now.I'm in college. The school should get a different look. They should have security gates at the front.
Comment Profile ImageBill Leach
Comment #2 | Saturday, Jul 5, 2014 at 8:50 pm
Tax and spend, tax and spend.

Yes the school needs upgrades but the way to get them isn't to raise taxes on people whose taxes are already too high. Unification with the Fallbrook elementary district would give Vallecitos the funds to improve without raising taxes a dollar.

The local districts must unify otherwise taxes will continue to go up. Not to mention school performance and safety. Wouldn't the students be better served with one comprehensive plan to educate them K-12? Wouldn't they be safer with one safety plan instead of 3? No security gate? This is beyond unacceptable.

We have three school boards more content with holding on to power than doing what is right for the students. Than doing what is right for the taxpayers.
Comment Profile ImageVery much needed!
Comment #3 | Sunday, Jul 6, 2014 at 12:13 am
Vallecitos is a great school, but does need building improvements.
Comment Profile Imagego4it
Comment #4 | Sunday, Jul 6, 2014 at 3:38 pm
Let the hispanics pay for it. They are the only ones that go there. There has to be a reason why the white kids are pulled out and sent to other schools. I would tend to bet that most of the kids parents dont pay taxes. With all the free programs and meals etc... that the hispanics get no wonder Ca is all jacked up
Comment Profile ImageNo new taxes
Comment #5 | Monday, Jul 7, 2014 at 6:13 am
What happened to the lottery money?
Comment Profile Imageno bogeys
Comment #6 | Monday, Jul 7, 2014 at 7:04 am
The school is in major need of some basic repairs & maintenance and $2M is nothing in this day and age. Jones is doing a terrific job there and this is not for fluff like football fields as in TVUSD and elsewhere. This is for basic school improvements.
Comment Profile ImageSAR
Comment #7 | Monday, Jul 7, 2014 at 8:55 am
To go4it:
Wow, that's pretty closed minded. Why blame the hispanics? Should we just pour money into schools for whites? Should we let all other schools fall into disarray? Pretty raciest if you ask me.
We can't let public schools fall apart at the cost of the students. Like it or not, these kids are the future...yours and mine! I think funds should be used to fix the problems at Vallecitos.
Comment Profile ImageBill Leach
Comment #8 | Monday, Jul 7, 2014 at 11:30 am
We are taxed enough already.
Unify the school districts and the money will be there without raising taxes. The Fallbrook elementary district has so much extra cash that they send administrators to Key West to stay in 5 star resorts.

The issue isn't whether or not Vallecitos needs money it is why do we have three separate districts? And where should the money come from? Why not use the money they have already raised?
Comment Profile ImageGemma
Comment #9 | Thursday, Aug 21, 2014 at 5:09 pm
What is the $2 million going to be used for? Has anyone seen the ballot measure yet?

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