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How big is need for LASD bond?
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on Aug 28, 2014
The $150 million bond measure proposed by the Los Altos School District faces sharp criticism as it heads to the November ballot. Opponents of the measure question whether the school district really needs the money to handle student enrollment, and say many campuses still have room to grow.
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posted Thursday, August 28, 2014, 1:03 PM
Posted by Vladimir G. Ivanovic
a resident of another community
on Aug 29, 2014 at 9:40 am
@David Roode and other anti-bond BCS supporters
You do realize that you're cutting off your nose to spite your face? Without a bond measure passing, LASD won't even be able to upgrade existing facilities, BCS included, much less afford a needed new school site.
So, what's the right thing to do? Firstly, stop picking at an open wound. The great value in the 5 year LASD-BCS agreement is that it allows everyone time to forgive and forget. For crying out loud, at least give the wound time to scab over! Every time you dis LASD, you make it harder for LASD to forgive and forget. Give it a rest!
Secondly, support passing a bond measure without reservation. Do you want BCS to have their own campus? Do you expect it to fall from the sky? OK, then tell me how it's going to get financed? If the BCS Foundation will pay, I'm all for it. Otherwise, the only realistic alternative I see is a bond measure, which, BTW, the BCS Board supports.
Thirdly, and this applies to EVERYONE who is commenting, recognize that running a school district is immensely complicated. There are parents, teachers, administrators, the County, the State, the Federal government, taxpayer associations, unions, the courts, land owners, other local governments, and innumerable advocacy groups, all of whom have their own constituents, their own agenda, and their own interests. And for every issue, there are multiple options, some great, some tolerable, some intolerable. And for every option, there is much evidence and data that needs to be weighted carefully, and not cherry picked. Trying to maximize society's welfare, even in a small pond like LASD, is a herculean task. Look beyond your own interests and try to be as inclusive as possible.
Fourthly, work to generate trust. Reciprocate any and all olive branches. Ask yourself, would I support my own proposal(s) if I were "on the other side". If it isn't fair, it's not going to fly.
The alternative is Syria.
[Disclosure: I am a Los Altos resident, a parent of two children in LASD, and a candidate for the LASD School Board.]
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