Members of the Schools Designed for Learning Committee offered their help in overseeing the spending of a proposed $14 million bond issue if voters approve it on the Nov. 7 ballot.
The committee members, who have spent more than 18 months designing the proposal and now are campaigning for it, made their final pre-election report to the Brookings-Harbor School Board Monday night.
We hope we can deliver a finished positive product, said Co-chairman Bill Ferry.
In talking to voters, Ferry said, committee members have often heard questions about guarantees that the funds will be spent as proposed. We have members who are most interested in seeing that it is spent as it is intended to be.
Does that offer come with the use of your backhoe? joked Board Chairman Brian Larsson with SDL Co-Chairman Larry Anderson, a contractor.
Anderson, who opposed a district bond proposal two years ago, admitted he is cautiously optimistic about the bond issue. People need to vote; it needs to be discussed right to the end, he said. Keep talking, keep pushing, keep asking people to cast their vote.
After finding hundreds of parents and staff members were not registered to vote, SDL members pushed voter registration until last weeks deadline. Their focus now, they said, is getting parents and teachers to cast their ballots.
In public comments, Steven Pomerleau told the board he had observed staff members violating state election laws at the high school last week. He was not specific about the incident.
As a parent, I dont like kids coming home putting pressure on us to vote, he said. Personally, Im undecided yet.
We have asked district employees to be very careful about what they do and not do, Larsson responded.
The administration is taking great pains about the limits of what they can and cannot do during the contract day, Superintendent Dr. Paul Prevenas added. He said he personally posted the state law on campaigning at each building at the start of the school year.
If you have knowledge of something, Ill certainly take action, he promised. This is the first Im hearing of this.
Prevenas told the board the staff is working to make it possible to issue the bonds within 30 days after the election, chiefly because of state Ballot Measure 93, which could revoke the local actions.
Measure 93 requires any new taxes to be approved by the same margin of approval of the ballot measure, if it passes. Measure 93 would not be effective for 30 days, Prevenas said, but would be retro-active to the Nov. 7 election.
Prevenas said issuing the bonds within 30 days should avoid the problem.