Editor’s note: We are reporting the election outcomes as of Nov. 7, however election results won’t be finalized until Dec. 6. There may still be changes up until that date.
Measure H, a general obligation bond put forth by the Cloverdale Unified School District passed with 57.7 percent of the vote. The bond, which needed 55 percent to pass, authorizes the sale of up to $46 million in bonds to the district.
“I was ecstatic,” said CUSD Superintendent Jeremy Decker about his reaction to the election results. “I’m thankful that the voters trusted the district to spend their tax dollars wisely.”
Measure H will allow the district to issue and sell general obligation bonds as they undertake different projects.
Since the measure was approved, the bond money will go toward improving school facilities, modernizing classrooms and replacing deteriorating plumbing, among other things.
The Committee to Improve Cloverdale Schools, a committee comprised of Cloverdale parents, formed in support of Measure H. When interviewed in October, members of the committee — Joanne Parker, Elvia Osnaya and Brandon Axell — discussed being in favor of the bond because they viewed it as a way to promote potential growth in Cloverdale.
By making the school district more attractive, they said, people with kids will be more likely to keep their children in the school district (rather than moving them out of district), as well as more likely to move to Cloverdale as a whole.
“It was wonderful news to hear that voters are willing to invest in the local schools,” said Parker when discussing the results of Tuesday’s election. She’s hoping that the approved measure will continue to fuel the fire that’s been put forth by all of Cloverdale’s school-related organizations, such as the PTA and CARE. “This election carries that energy a little further … hopefully people who don’t have kids in schools will get the energy to participate.”
“You can have a huge impact right here and right now by engaging with the schools,” she said.
According to the district’s tax rate statement, the estimated highest tax rate necessary to fund the bond is $60 per $100,000 assessed value (so if the assessed value of someone’s home is $400,000, they would be expected to pay $240 per year). If all of the bonds are sold, the total debt service will be $97 million; the tax will raise approximately $2.7 million per year. According to the district’s evaluation, the final fiscal year in which the tax will be collected is anticipated as being 2052-53.
When asked about the district’s priorities in an October interview, Preston Addison, president of the Cloverdale Unified School District Board of Trustees, mentioned that the district’s priority would be working on Jefferson Elementary School. The reason being that the district qualifies for matching construction funds for that specific site.
The next step, according to Decker, is to form a committee that’s made up of a large group of people — classified staff, teachers, parents, community members — that will help give and get feedback, and recommend decisions to the CUSD Board of Trustees.
“It’s exciting for us, we can do a lot of great things and we will do a lot of great things,” said Decker.