County passes school bond |

County passes school bond

Nevada County Superintendent of Schools Terry K. McAteer was worried Tuesday morning about the Measure A high school bond vote.

It turned out he didn’t have to be.

By late Tuesday night, the measure had “gained at every printout,” McAteer said. “It’s really tremendous that many of our seniors are willing to support our renovations. We’re really appreciative that they’re ready to spend their tax dollars, even though they don’t have children in school.”

Measure A allows the Nevada Joint Union High School District to issue $15 million in general obligation bonds.

Targeted projects include $7 million for renovations to Nevada Union High School and another $7 million for construction of an addition to Bear River High School. Bear River projects include a performing arts building and aquatic center. Sierra Foothill High School is slated for $1 million to repair and upgrade classrooms and buildings.

“It’s exceedingly important that our children have adequate facilities to learn,” McAteer said. “Measure A provides them proper heating, lighting and air conditioning, along with the chance to complete Bear River High School.

“Nevada Union and Sierra Foothills are over 40 years old and 60 years old (respectively),” he added. “It’s time to invest in these facilities. Just as you would invest in your home, you should invest in your school facilities.”

Opposing Measure A was Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association of Los Angeles.

“We oppose all Proposition 39 bonds so we can protect property owners and property values,” Coupal said.

Measure A was drafted with Proposition 39 terms requiring 55 percent of the vote for approval instead of the traditional two-thirds used for prior bond issue races.

Measure A high school bond vote totals

Yes 15,565

No 9,801

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