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Poll: Would You Support a Parcel Tax in November?

Now that the San Bruno Park School Board voted to spare schools from closure, a parcel tax is being worked on for the November ballot. Will it have your vote?

In addition to , the San Bruno Park School Board made another important decision at last week's meeting.

Taking the superintendent's suggestion that the school district will need more money in years to come because of inadequate funding from the state, the school board voted to move forward with putting a parcel tax on the November ballot.

A parcel tax could generate $1.2 million a year for the district, according to .

Parents, angered by the possibility of having two schools closed in the city, seemed to show support for the tax measure at last week's meeting.

But would that support translate to votes at the ballot box, especially because Measure O, the school district's $40 million bond measure, in November 2011? The bond measure, which would have been used for capital improvement projects throughout the district, was just short of the 55 percent approval needed to pass.

For our full coverage on this issue, check out the San Bruno school closures topic page.

Scott Curtner May 05, 2012 at 05:09 AM
Hi Chris, Thanks for clarifying, and... Agreed. The key fact that this new guy has taken away is that we have to sprint towards the accomplishment of 2-3 major goals to avert potential disaster looming in November.
Scott Curtner May 05, 2012 at 05:48 AM
If the expenses outweigh the revenues as much as I understand they might, something has to go. Maybe we close all of San Bruno schools and make it a purely on-line school district, then use the savings to buy all the kids iPads... I jest, but seriously, the district has provide transparency to the community in a comprehensible format, so that my kindergartner can understand it. Perhaps they lay out their hierarchy of needs against a yardstick or a rectangular thermometer. Listed at the bottom are core expenses that can't be altered, moving up, the next section lists critical expenses; further up, important items, then at the top is a shining goal we can all rally around that makes our district the envy of California. Filling up that thermometer are the funds we have, the empty space above are the funds we need. If we broadly list the hierarchy of expenses against the revenue, then we know what we have to give up if we don't get the $$.
Chris Kiely May 06, 2012 at 05:15 PM
Scott- Dr. Hutt actually tried to get the Board to do that a few years ago. He had a special session about what the District's core program was. Somehow, that meeting got turned into more of a goals session, where they ended up listing ideals, and what they wanted the District to be able to offer. So that listing of "what is the core", and how much does it cost never got created.
John Marinos May 07, 2012 at 01:17 AM
Chris-Back during the Parkside Pancake Breakfast you and I had a great conversation(at least at the time I thought that) about our DIstrict. I left that conversation thinking you had real solutions to our real problems and the Board should be taking your thoughts seriously. I have heard you say many intelligent well thought out statements at the Board meetings. Then I read your postings about you slamming Crestmoor. I did find it humorous when describing Crestmoor you use the words "isolate" and "isolationalism". Chris, you know Crestmoor has the most intra-district transfers in than any other school. Actually, Crestmoor has students from every school in our District. No other school can make that statement. That certainly does not sound like a school that isolates other students or parents..... The momentum is finally shifting. Join in that movement by being positive. Let's grow this district to being the evny of the Peninsula and not pit one school against another.
Heidi Beck May 07, 2012 at 07:11 AM
John, let me add a little historical perspective. When Chris was talking about isolationism in his statement, "I don't remember other schools trying to become a neighborhood K-8 so they could isolate themselves from the rest of the District, or telling the Board not to fix Parkside a couple of years ago, so that the money could be spent on the elementaries," he was talking about Crestmoor in the PAST, not the present. I was attending school board meetings regularly at the time, and I remember it pretty much the way Chris says it. Certainly, there were members of the Crestmoor community AT THAT TIME who believed a K-8 school was a better educational option for their kids, but it was also clear from meetings AT THAT TIME that there were members of the community who had another agenda that was isolationist and exclusive. So that's where Chris is coming from with that statement. I don't always agree with Chris, but I was at those meetings years ago and that's what he is talking about. Not the current community.

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