Campaign raises $15,000 for school bond |

Campaign raises $15,000 for school bond

The campaign to pass the first high school bond measure in western Nevada County since 1992 has raised $15,000, Terry McAteer, Nevada County superintendent of schools, said Thursday.

The campaign money for Measure A will cover radio, television and newspaper ads, signs and other expenses, said McAteer, who serves as co-coordinator of the campaign to pass the bond for the Nevada Joint Union High School District. Gary Clarke coordinates the campaign in the south county.

Measure A needs 55 percent of the votes cast by voters in the high school district to win approval. The measure appears on the March 5 primary election ballot.

Measure A would raise $15 million for the county’s three largest high schools – $7 million for Nevada Union High School, $7 million for Bear River High School and $1 for Sierra Foothill High School, an alternative school in Grass Valley.

Measure A would cost property owners in the high school district $10 per $100,000 of assessed property value.

Nevada Union needs $7 million to renovate classrooms and the boys’ and girls’ gymnasiums, and replace the school’s air conditioning and heating system installed in the early 1960s.

The other $7 million would pay for the construction of a 400-seat auditorium and a swimming pool at Bear River. The school opened in 1986.

The final $1 million would cover the costs of modernizing Sierra Foothill.

If Measure A passes, the district would be eligible for $8 million in additional state bond money, McAteer said.

Among the supporters is Ed Sylvester, a principal with SCO Planning and Engineering of Grass Valley.

“I can’t imagine that anyone could spend $15 more fruitfully than on education,” said Sylvester, whose three daughters graduated from Nevada Union. “For the price of two big Macs, you get better schools.”

The district is planning to begin improvements at the NU campus this year.

A wrestling center financed with an anonymous $1.8 million grant is expected to be built soon. In addition, the district wants to apply for a $1.3 million state grant to build a road connecting the campus to Sierra College Drive.

The connecting road would alleviate traffic on Ridge Road, Joe Boeckx, superintendent for the district, said Friday. The road would cross Sierra College land.

The high school district hopes to obtain the green light from college officials in February, Boeckx said.

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