Temecula School Board Incumbents to Serve Another Term

Voters in the Temecula Valley Unified School District will not be electing school board members this November but will be asked to vote on a $165-million bond measure.

Two incumbent Temecula school board members will serve another four-year term after no other candidates came forward for the November election.

Potential candidate, Sandra Hinkson, a retired teacher, pulled papers with an intention to campaign but told Patch she decided against running this time around. As a result, Kristi Rutz-Robbins and Allen Pulsipher will begin their second terms in office in December. 

The district will save $120,000 it would have had to pay the Riverside County Registrar of Voters Office to hold the election. The money was at first set aside but then placed back into the district’s general fund when it was learned an election would not be necessary, according to Melanie Norton, spokesperson for the Temecula Valley Unified School District.

After nearly five years of state cutbacks to education, one board member said any amount of savings makes a difference.

“For the school district’s sake it is wonderful because we don’t have to spend $120,000 on an election,” said Bob Brown, school board president for Temecula Valley Unified.

“Doctors Robbins and Pulsipher are both good board members,” Brown continued. “I just think people are pretty satisfied with the way the district is being run right now. There are not a lot of contentious people coming before us. With all the problems that are going on right now in the district—the shortage of money—the quality of education is still there.”

There will, however be another item on the November ballot for voters in the Temecula Valley Unified School District.

School board members approved Measure Y in August as a ballot initiative. The measure asks voters to approve $165 million in bonds to be issued by the district in order to make district-wide improvements.

“That is really something we are pushing hard on right now, especially for the technology upgrades,” Brown told Patch. “We are running far behind on that right now; this is the only way we are going to be able to catch up.”

While the district is saving on the board election, it is still required to pay approximately $115,000 to put the measure on the ballot, according to Norton.

"We're hoping to bring the cost down by asking for support from some of our larger vendors (construction companies, suppliers, etc.)," Norton said. "We have staff working now contacting our vendors asking for their financial support to help us bring that dollar amount down."

According to the district website, funds from Measure Y would be used to:

  • Upgrade classrooms, science labs, computer systems, and technology infrastructure to keep pace with advancing technology;
  • Renovate, update and modernize facilities and equipment to provide new and expanded career technical programs and advanced courses in math, science, and technology so local children are prepared for college and good paying jobs;
  • Improve energy efficiency, and reinvest the savings in programs such as arts and music;
  • Repair and replace roofs, floors, walkways, lighting, electrical and plumbing systems; and
  • Add classrooms, labs, and other facilities to meet student needs and reduce overcrowding.

If voters approve the ballot measure, an oversight committee would be appointed to do an annual audit of fund expenditures.

At least three projects are planned for each school site, according to district officials.

More information about the bond measure can be accessed on the district website by clicking here.

As for a school board election, the next race would not take place until November 2014, when the terms of Brown, Vincent O’Neal and Richard Shafer are set to expire.

KB September 30, 2012 at 10:40 PM
She's smirking b/c she knows she'll retire as a multi-millionaire in her 50's at the latest under CalPERS. No on Measure Y!!!!
David Shisler October 01, 2012 at 03:33 AM
I went to the web site to get the info. on this 165 million dollar bond issue, no mention that I could find as to how many years the bonds were for, when are they to be paid off, whats the interest or total cost, just where the money was going. If you want someone to vote for something, give people all the info. Lets not be like the city of Escondido.
trenchf00t October 01, 2012 at 11:11 AM
Just vote "Yes", David, like a good Californian. Buy now, pay later, lock in your loan today at these low, low rates! Leave it to your kids to worry about later, and rest easy! ;)
trenchf00t October 01, 2012 at 11:20 AM
How does a little town like this see its way to borrowing almost a fifth of a billion dollars?! Guess we can always just Chapter 9 after several years under a crushing debt load breaks us, no big deal. I would love to be able to follow the money to the bankers pitching this financing, but existing documentation does not allow for it. That's the way they like it.
trenchf00t October 01, 2012 at 11:30 AM
Adding to my last, with very cursory, admittedly slipshod figures, we're looking at nearly a third of a billion total financed cost, almost a million per month to carry the debt on projects that may very well decrease revenue. These big, all-in-one project/debt packages, hiding all the nasty details, are causing municipal bankruptcies all over. Lot of borrowing and spending going on around here. I suppose the mathematically challenged officials will call it "progress".
Caddyman October 02, 2012 at 07:17 AM
Come on, there's no one that will run against these people? Things need to change, this is the #1 reason why we have 35 to 1 kids to teacher classrooms. I jumped ship, put my child in private school (16 to 1) kids to teacher! Have fun with another term with these school board members, I'm over it! my .02
KB October 03, 2012 at 03:41 AM
The #1 reason we have [supposedly] high teacher ratio's is because of the greedy teachers union.
me October 16, 2012 at 10:13 PM
You have no idea what your talking about, Teachers don't get CalPERS they get STRS and in TVUSD teachers pay a VERY large contribution to their STRS every month. Unlike my federal job where I pay almost nothing but get a huge pension when I retire. Nobody talks about the Federal employees but as one, I think there needs to be some reform in that class. Teachers in this District Pay their fair share into pension much like a 401k. And teaches in TVUSD do not have Social Security to retire with; and my wife could not even collect my social security if I died due to some crazy law. Teacher pension and 403b if the teacher puts into it is all they have. If they ever did away with Teacher Pensions I don't know why anyone would teach. Much less how would the State Pay back all the money that the current teachers have paid into it? So, stop bashing teachers about retirement or you can look into what they really get for retirement.
me October 16, 2012 at 10:31 PM
KB again, you have no clue what your talking about. I am a Republican but when I hear all the teacher bashing constantly it makes me question what the republican answer is?? Yes teachers unions like auto unions can be led by benefit hungry groups but tell me how many teachers in this district have lost their jobs, lowered their salary, taken furlough days (if they are lucky), and fight for teacher ratios. It is not teachers unions you should be upset with, it is the sue happy parents, sue happy state, and sue happy America we live in. It is the outragouse cost associated with no child left behind (did you know this year 90% of all student have to be Profecient or better to stay out of program improvement school? That 90% includes the mentally disabled children and English as a Second Language children. Teachers can be great but 90% this year and 100% by 2014/2015. Oh and if they are a program improvement school then the kids can be bussed to the school of their choice all paid by the district!!! Does this make sense to you KB is this the Unions Fault??? Sure I would like there to be no union and to see teachers paid on merit, but don't blame the teachers for the cost and high teacher ratio. Blame No child left behind and our wonder State of California. We need a leader in this State that is willing to say no to giving Civil and disability lawyers everything they ask for. Fair and adequate education for all not just the disabled. Wow let me stand down from my box.
KB October 17, 2012 at 12:50 AM
Teachers generally have excessive salaries and benefits in California; in fact as is well documented California teachers are among (if not the) highest paid in the US (no thanks to teachers unions). Because of these excessive salaries and benefits, districts have to drastically limit the number of teachers they can hire which leads to higher ratios (generally bad for our kids in school).
me October 17, 2012 at 02:04 AM
Well KB, I will backtrack and say that I thought you were talking about Sandra Hinkson a teacher in the photo and having CalPERS, but you were talking about Kristi Robbins who I don't know what kind of retirement she gets. So on this I will pass. On the "Spoken like a true government worker" comment, I actually thing we should reform Govenment pay and benefits. Do you suppose I should say Give all Gov (DoD) employees raises and increase their retirement? No I think we are well paid;less than the private sector but still well paid. So, I am guessing your a ethical Lawyer or a hard working pick pocket? Something like that? I don't get your problem with teachers. Their Salary, is about 55-60k on average. That is a college educated, most with graduate school; my wife included. The private sector would pay about the same or more for those qualifications. The district gives them $60 a year for supplies, yet the district can not require students to bring supplies to school, that math does not add up. So although I don't want to pay more in taxes, I already do I pay my taxes through paying for my wifes kids school supplies, classroom books, and more.
me October 17, 2012 at 02:10 AM
My question is; What is your solution? Private schools, Who will teach them? The private schools are great but they cost money and since teachers in California private schools get paid WAY less than East Coast private schools and less than California public school teachers, who in their right mind would work there. The ones that do are either a saint or they don't have the qualifications to teach in public schools. Is that your answer just have anyone teach? California private schools are not the East Coast Prep schools just because it is a private school does not mean you will get better results. Temecula in particular is some of the highest achievers in the state. Although you would like to have teachers volunteer thiere time while you still belittle them, you would see, and are seeing a decrease in students that want to teachers.
KB October 17, 2012 at 05:27 AM
me (you, not me): Spoken like a true gov't worker.... Let's really do something good for our kids and their future: No on Measure Y
me October 17, 2012 at 06:07 AM
KB, I know I am talking to a brick wall, but This government worker, Pays 30 percent in taxes, B.S. Elec Eng, M.S. Systems Engineering, works with the Marine Corps in developing systems that saves lives, save 20 million in DoD spending this year (over a 4 year period) with reduction in redundancies and development of new technologies, volunteer coach U8 girls soccer, support my wife as a 2nd grade school teacher, and adjunct college courses in electronics, computer science, and math. And am willing to pay 28 dollars a year (way less than I pay a year as a husband of a teacher) to support new infrastructure for our schools. HOW ARE YOU DOING SOMETHING GOOD FOR THE KIDS???? Telling them sorry but your school that has mold spores and has been in a TEMPORARY portable for 10-15 years does not need help. What is your 28 dollars a year better spent on? Again, I am a republican, and support getting rid of Unions and a type of Merit pay system, and so is my teacher wife. NOBODY wants distrust between teachers and admin. BUT this has NOTHING to do with Unions. Please tell me that you are a low income elderly on a fixed budget so that I can tell you, "well done with your life and don't worry about the 28 bucks you have done enough." But my guess is that your a 50-60 year old "Baby Boomer" "The worst Generation" a generation of selfish pot smoking complainers. And probably a lawyer as well. Good day sir.


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