OPINION: Yes on Measure Y; Support Schools

Support the economic success of the next generation. Support education. Support Measure Y.

By Kristi Rutz-Robbins, Temecula resident and Temecula Valley Unified School District governing board member

I am writing today to help you understand what your “Yes” vote on Measure Y means to children and what it means to our schools and region. Education is critical to the economic vitality of a region and good schools are essential to any successful city. Many, if not most of us moved here for the good schools. Good schools support our property values. Good schools support the economic future of the next generation. Temecula schools are good schools for a reason; we have focused on supporting high quality teaching and learning for all students.

As you know, the State of California has drastically reduced funding to public schools over the years. Temecula schools have shifted all available funds to support students in the classroom. This means that administration ratios and maintenance ratios are among the lowest in the state while the quality of our education is among the highest. As a result, many of you have noticed in driving by our schools or when you volunteer in your child or grandchild’s classroom that our school facilities are beginning to show the wear and tear of the economic crisis of the last decade. Weathered buildings, leaking roofs, old carpets, smelling portables and broken air conditioning units are becoming increasingly a problem. And here the old adage applies, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Our schools simply do not have enough resources or manpower to address all the needs of the school grounds and buildings; putting off repairs only makes them far more expensive than they needed to be. 

Our information technology infrastructure has been underfunded as we have struggled to maintain low student-to-teacher ratios. Classrooms need to be updated with modern teaching technologies, such as WiFi and PowerPoint capabilities so that teachers can utilize the latest educational materials and best practices in teaching. Students need reliable, consistent and frequent access to computers to support high quality learning.  

Without state level dedication to education funding, the burden of maintaining schools and advancing student education rests with us, here at the local level.  While Measure Y funding cannot be used to directly rehire teachers--something our students desperately need-- Measure Y can support facility and technology improvements that may allow us to shift more general funds closer to the classroom. We are all advocates of local control. This is what it looks like – “Yes on Measure Y.” Measure Y will allow the school district to issue bonds to support the needs of our students. The expected increase of an average of $28 dollars per home per year on our local taxes is a small price to pay for the freedom of local control and the powerful positive impacts that money will have on our children’s education.

Support the economic success of the next generation. Support education. Support Measure Y.

KB October 20, 2012 at 05:26 AM
As noted this is an opinion, and not one original thought in the entire piece. The same old arguments that got us into financial trouble in the 1st place. Do your kids a BIG favor, vote no on this loan. They call it Measure Y, it's nothing more than a tax increase and a bankster loan so bureaucrats can spend us into bankruptcy if we aren't already. No On Measure Y
KB October 20, 2012 at 05:41 AM
I don't care if it is 28 CENTS - No on Measure Y! You state correctly that California is in a terrible financial crisis - a big part of the reason for that is bonds/loans exactly like Measure Y!! Enough is enough!!! Our kids don't need yet another debt burden (which they have from the day they're born because of our out of control local, state and national spending/debt!!)
jill October 21, 2012 at 11:04 PM
When I read my sample ballot, as soon as I saw "new elementary school in Roripaugh Ranch" and "new middle school in Roripaugh Ranch" I say NO! I have been in Temecula long enough to watch all the resources and energy go into new schools while the old ones sit neglected. When Harveston Elementary opened it was needed to reduce overcrowding, but Nicolas Valley sat with all its filthy, molding portables that still had to be used. TVHS was crawling with rats and in horrible disrepair, and Great Oak opened with all its fanfare (and if my memory is correct weren't the batting cages $80,000 each?). I understand that certain monies are budgeted for certain things, and that if it is budgeted for building it can't be used to staff or for anything else. But how do we know that repairs and upgrades will happen with the money before new schools will be built when we have empty classrooms now???
Brad October 24, 2012 at 03:31 AM
Disclaimer: This is from a family that lives in Wolf Creek who JUST received their property taxes. ABSOLUTELY NOT! Really? More tax hikes? Have you seen our most recent tax bill that have a “Temecula USD” charging agent? They already are getting “Quite a pretty Penny.” I mean when is enough enough? Until the monies can be managed or appropriated better and our trust is regained that the monies will be used appropriately, I am not willing to sign off for $1 more! You are telling me that we still are “Short?” Then we need an alternative money management solution. Until it is “Figured out” then I not willing to “Hope it will work” by putting more money on it. I’m pretty sure Bonds presented in the past were also promoted as it “ONLY being another $Whatever price.” Unfortunately, some of this is “Guilt by association” mentality. This is California. Last I checked EVERYTHING is in the RED. Wasn’t there some issue where the State was taking money from Cities? Who is to say that this is not another “Band-aid fix” or that Someone in the State from higher authority won’t come in and take it? Yes, I read the disclaimer of “These funds will be designated as “Non-Touchable/City Use Only.” Sorry, I just don’t trust it. We all have already paid MORE than our “ fair share”. We all are just “Tapped out”! At this point , I am Very Respectfully voting NO!
KB October 28, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Measure Y is a Debt Bomb.


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