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School board weighs next funding strategy

Jenny Goldsmith
Sierra Sun

School district officials are eyeing the possibility of another bond measure after unofficial results from the June 3 election indicated that Truckee-area voters narrowly defeated the $93 million Measure L to fund school projects.

At Monday’s board meeting, Tahoe Truckee Unified School District officials discussed conducting a survey to evaluate the potential for passage of a similar funding measure in a future election.

“I believe the district needs this bond,” board member Bev Ducey said at the meeting. “I’m supportive of going out again in the fall.”

The district has already conducted a survey to gauge the reasons why Measure L failed, but the results were not released at Monday’s meeting, said John Britto, the school district’s director of facilities.

“They [the board] are looking at the issue of whether or not we should consider another try for a bond,” Britto said. “There are some difficult issues facing us in terms of our school buildings … and the only way school facilities get funded is by passing bonds.”

Measure L’s funds would have subsidized new classrooms and sports facilities at Truckee High School, and would continue the tax commitment voters made in 1999 when they passed the $35 million Measure C.

“We need to look at all of our options ” see what the pros and cons are with going ahead with a bond measure again,” said board President Kristy Olk.

One positive aspect of approving a bond measure now would be to save money on construction costs, Britto said.

“A big concern is that the money will not go as far in four years as it would right now,” he said.

The bond measure required 55 percent of the votes to pass, and according to an unofficial report from the Nevada County elections department, a narrow majority of 51.4 percent of district voters supported Measure L.