School board gets results from new bond survey

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Another even-year win could mean another win for district bonds, following the landslide successes of Measure R in 2014 and Measure D in 2016.

Greg Isom of Isom Advisors presented phone survey results on district voter feelings toward being called up to support their schools again at the board meeting on Thursday, March 3. He said that less people overall took the survey, likely due to a general decrease in landlines.

He also said that polling the landlines gives a slightly skewed estimate of support since the pool of voters with landlines tends to be older and more fiscally conservative. Isom expects that more people will end up voting in favor of the bond than the survey predicted, which is what happened in 2014 and 2016.

According to Isom, there was a five percent increase in approval of the district’s progress. Fifty-five percent of voters polled this year thought definitively that the district was headed in the right direction, compared to 50 percent in 2016.

The survey asked voters to state whether they would vote for a $20 million bond resulting in 6 cents per $100 of assessed property value. This year’s survey showed that 63 percent would vote yes, compared to 67 percent in 2016.

Isom pointed out that while the number was slightly lower, more people stated that they would vote no in 2016 versus 2018.

When provided with options on where to allocate the funding, most voters still wanted money to go toward repairs, but otherwise there were not big discrepancies in support for other items like new buildings or technology.

“There aren’t any items that people are really tired of,” said Isom.

Like the past two bonds, the support for the bond increased when voters were asked if they would vote yes after hearing the tax numbers and examples of items the money would support. From the 2018 survey, the yes vote rose to 68.7 percent.

“This is really good news,” said Isom. “Voters think you guys are moving in the right direction.”

Other items

~  The board unanimously approved May 9 as California Day of the Teacher, which will be celebrated statewide. Trustees also approved May 20-26 as Classified Employee Week.

~  Three Winters High School students earned Star Awards for academic excellence, hard work and citizenship. Principal Nicole Reyherme presented the awards to Derek Reyes, Andrea Gonzales and Kevin Brown.

~ Winters Middle School parent liaisons Jill Aguiar, Megan Glaudel and Nancy Pignataro presented updates on the future of Camp Loma Mar and volunteer coordination for sixth grade reading.

~  Retiring sixth grade teacher Rebecca Fridae saw over 2,000 students through the Camp Loma Mar outdoor education program in 27 years as an educator in the district.

Sixth grade teacher Mila Re will take over organizing the beloved annual trip.

“With all of the ebbs and flows of the economy, we have still been able to do this,” said Aguiar.

The parents will continue to help raise money to keep students attending the camp.

~  Nancy Pignataro said the group of parents has been coordinating with Principal John Barsotti and Re to have volunteers read aloud with sixth grade students.

Diana Morris, Edie Murphy, Tery Ostovar, Lonnie Vigil, Shaun Schroeder, Missy Duarte, Leanne Dodic, Ivan Dodic, Jeff Simmons and Carrie Green have been volunteering through the program.

 

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