Red Bluff Union Elementary School District puts bail on ballot to fund improvements – Red Bluff Daily News

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RED BLUFF — The Red Bluff Union Elementary School District put a mandatory measure on the ballot in November to complete improvements to its schools.

If Measure F is passed by 55% of the electorate, the district will be authorized to issue and sell bonds of up to $14,100,000 in aggregate principal amount to fund the facility projects.

The measure would levy about $23 per $100,000 of property assessment in the district, bringing in about $797,560 a year, according to an unbiased analysis of the measure.

Some of the proposed projects include repairing and replacing leaky roofs, outdated heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, and health, safety and security improvements.

Other parts of the project are modernizing, renovating, building or expanding aging and outdated school facilities to meet 21st century educational standards and make federal and state accessibility upgrades to the Americans with Disabilities Act, including by ensuring site access, parking, staff and student washrooms, relocation of electrical appliances, water fountains and existing play equipment.

Superintendent Cliff Curry said schools are not funded for capital renovation projects like this and are typically funded for painting and replacing some fixtures for maintenance. Some of the portable classrooms in the district are between 50 and 60 years old.

“We hope that in November the community agrees that our schools need to keep moving forward and making the best schools possible, and thank you for the support of this community for this project,” Curry said.

Seven years ago, the community passed Measure C, which allowed the district to issue $12 million in bonds at a tax rate of about $30 per $100,000 of assessed property value to fund the improvement of facilities. Curry said the school district promised to remove most portable classrooms and it did just that.

“We’re not halfway there yet in terms of replacing all laptops, but we’re going to dramatically improve the quality of our campuses, their look and feel, and the quality of the learning environments your students find themselves in” , Curry said.

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