SPLIT RESULTS ON EAST COUNTY SCHOOL BONDS

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By Janis Russell

November 11, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)-  Cajon Valley, Lakeside, Lemon Grove, and Ramona’s school districts  all had school bond measures on the ballot. Each bond measure needed 55% of the votes to pass.  Lemon Grove’s school bond passed by a healthy margin.  Lakeside’s school bond narrowly won approval.  Cajon Valley and Ramona’s bonds appear to have failed by slim margins, though the Registrar of voters still has about 28,000 absentee and provisional ballots countywide left to count.  Below are details.

For Cajon Valley, results showed that 51.43% (13,400) voted against Proposition C while 48.57% (12,653) voted in favor. Prop C’s goal was to “increase student/computer technology access; continue renovating, repairing, equipping and constructing; improve energy efficiency; and reduce overall borrowing costs…” If 55% voted in favor, the district would have been authorized issue and sell $20,000,000 in general obligation bonds. (http://votersedge.org/cajon-valley-union-school-district/ballot-measures/2014/november/proposition-c#.VFo91meCCYQ).

For Lakeside, result showed that 58.44% (5,319) voted in favor of Proposition L while 41.56% (3,783) voted no. Prop L’s goal was “to increase student access to classrooms computers; upgrade/ construct science labs throughout the district; renovate/ modernize classrooms/facilities; and reduce overall borrowing costs…” If 55% of the voters approved, the district would be re-authorized to issue and sell $31,000,000 in general obligation bonds, previously approved by voters in November 2008. (http://www.sdvote.com/voters/Eng/proptext/L.pdf).

For Lemon Grove, results showed that 71.53% (3,990) approved Proposition R while 28.47% (1,588) voted against it. Prop R’s goal was “to repair and replace leaky roofs; renovate and modernize educational facilities; provide additional classrooms; and increase student access to classrooms computers…” If 55% of voters approved, the district would be re-authorized to issue and sell $10,000,000 in general obligation bonds previously approved by voters in November 2008. (http://votersedge.org/lemon-grove-elementary-school-district/ballot-measures/2014/november/proposition-r#.VFo7_WeCCYQ).

For Ramona, results showed that 53.67% (5,259) voted against Proposition Q while 46.33% (4,539) voted in favor. Prop Q’s goal was to “improve the quality of education in Ramona by modernizing classrooms, restrooms and facilities; repairing or replacing roofs, deteriorating portable classrooms, electrical and plumbing systems; and provide critical General Fund relief by paying off District loans to construct schools and make school improvements…” If 55% of voters approved, it would authorize the district to issue and sell $40,000,000 in bonds. (http://votersedge.org/ramona-unified-school-district/ballot-measures/2014/november/proposition-q#.VFo802eCCYQ).