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Pleasanton school board mulls survey on potential new bond measure

Original post made on May 14, 2019

A potential school facilities bond measure on next year's ballot generated a fair amount of discussion during the Pleasanton school board's regular meeting last week.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, May 13, 2019, 4:28 PM

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Posted by Ellen
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 14, 2019 at 1:57 pm

Not only is Lydiksen unfinished, it is UNSTARTED. Board is crazy to think another bond measure will pass. WHERE IS THE MONEY?????

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Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on May 14, 2019 at 5:09 pm

I hope this board gets the message loud and clear that this community would absolutely invest more in our schools if those responsible for spending that money did a better job with it.

The amount of private tutoring and after school programs is evidence that this community cares about education, has the ability to pay for value added educational services, and activity pays for those services.

The school board really needs to ask why their is such a distrust in providing them with additional funding and what changes they need to make to earn that trust back.

......but sure, float your bond, get it rejected, and play the victim of a non caring community card.

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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on May 14, 2019 at 5:14 pm

Kathleen Ruegsegger is a registered user.

“District leaders have been equating the possible new bond measure to a tax extension because the tax rate for property owners ($20 per $100,000 of assessed valuation) would be the same as the rate owners are paying now related to previous bond measures in 1988 and 1997, which is set to wane after 2020.”

This is a bit short on important facts. Yes, the payment on old bonds would end. This proposal, however, is not an extension; it is a new bond. It will last for at least years—I’m guessing 30. It won’t be only $120MM to repay—it will be much more with interest. (I believe the last bond at $270MM will cost something in the range of $500MM.) So we will be paying $500MM + $120MM + interest on the latter.

I am asking the board members and the superintendent to stop using spin from consultants and to stick to the facts in the survey; otherwise, the answers you gather will be from misinformed citizens and at best unreliable, and more likely just garbage in garbage out.

PUSD has a credibility problem and appears to once again be losing the trust of families (Vintage Hills, PMS, Amador, Lydiksen). This approach to a bond and survey will throw gas on those fires.

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Posted by JC
a resident of Vintage Hills
on May 14, 2019 at 9:28 pm

I’d vote for a bond to build a new gym at Amador. That thing is an embarrassment

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Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on May 14, 2019 at 11:13 pm

That is what the bond would advertise, and youd get a pole with a milk crate as your gym.

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Posted by James Michael
a resident of Val Vista
on May 15, 2019 at 11:07 am

James Michael is a registered user.

Credibility problem for sure! PUSD isn't too popular in the Val Vista neighborhood with the proposed Donlon expansion which fixes nothing and creates a traffic nightmare. They're gonna have a hard time getting votes.

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