Support strong for MPUSD bond

Support strong for MPUSD bond

There are 64 comments on the Monterey County Herald story from Nov 3, 2010, titled Support strong for MPUSD bond. In it, Monterey County Herald reports that:

Voters in the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District appeared to be giving an overwhelming nod to a $110 million bond measure that would pay for repairs and upgrades to its 24 schools.

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paul

Mill Valley, CA

#1 Nov 3, 2010
More money down the black hole of ‘education’. The unions and bureaucrats will get fatter and the children will get dumber.
Colton Parent

Monterey, CA

#2 Nov 3, 2010
I think this bond has the potential to accomplish a lot of positive infrastructural improvement to some schools in poor condition.

The key will be the implementation and priorities.
Kevin

Seaside, CA

#3 Nov 3, 2010
Colton Parent wrote:
I think this bond has the potential to accomplish a lot of positive infrastructural improvement to some schools in poor condition.
The key will be the implementation and priorities.
... it's not nearly enough, I'll bet a parcel tax is next on their agenda!
Colton Parent

Monterey, CA

#4 Nov 3, 2010
Hi Kevin:

Obviously, everything on the master plan will not be implemented. My guess is that was more for advertisment than a real master plan.

The key is the prioritization and alterations to the plan to meet budget. For instance, will essential fixes to Monterey High be higher than fixes to district offices?

I do not know the district management team well enough to even predict the outcome.
Military Wife

San Jose, CA

#5 Nov 3, 2010
At least we can get some of the much needed repairs done. If there is no money left then at least it addressed safety issues!
Parent

Salinas, CA

#6 Nov 3, 2010
After reading these blogs over the past couple of months, I was suprised at the margin the bond won. I was also surprised about the success of Measure Q.

The lesson learned by me was that the bloggers tend to represent people opposed to a measure more than the general population. I guess that people opposed to a measure will put more energy in articulating their position.

It could also signal that bloggers tend to vote a certain way that does not match the entire population.

I guess I have never been so fooled by election results as Measure P.
Bob Loblaw

Salinas, CA

#7 Nov 3, 2010
Parent wrote:
After reading these blogs over the past couple of months, I was suprised at the margin the bond won. I was also surprised about the success of Measure Q.
The lesson learned by me was that the bloggers tend to represent people opposed to a measure more than the general population. I guess that people opposed to a measure will put more energy in articulating their position.
It could also signal that bloggers tend to vote a certain way that does not match the entire population.
I guess I have never been so fooled by election results as Measure P.
I think measure Q failed.
Mom2

San Diego, CA

#8 Nov 4, 2010
I still feel that measure P is a big fat 110mil mistake that will not deliver.
I still feel that only a select few will benefit from this bond.
I still think that there will not be any control over the board or the superintendent.
I still feel that the board and this superintendent are not to be trusted.
However, if they prove me wrong then I'll eat my handbag. Just pass the ketchup and have the tums ready.
Military Wife

Salinas, CA

#9 Nov 4, 2010
Parent wrote:
After reading these blogs over the past couple of months, I was suprised at the margin the bond won. I was also surprised about the success of Measure Q.
The lesson learned by me was that the bloggers tend to represent people opposed to a measure more than the general population. I guess that people opposed to a measure will put more energy in articulating their position.
It could also signal that bloggers tend to vote a certain way that does not match the entire population.
I guess I have never been so fooled by election results as Measure P.
However you feel about the bond and trust me I get both sides of the argument, you have to give them credit for the brilliant strategy.
Only 10,000 voted for it. Look at the number of registered voters over all. 10,000 is quite a low number.
Target your potential voters. Go to voters who rent. 60% of the voters registered in MPUSD rent their homes so are not concerned in the short term at least about an increase on the rent.
Retired people rarely vote yes on tax increases so spend less time garnishing their vote.
Do not canvas parents in New Monterey, you are closing down their school so you are unlikely to get a high number voting for you.
Target the kids at high school who just became of voting age. There are hundreds of seniors who voted for the first time this year!
Convince the parents with kids in school how it will improve their learning enviroment and get back lost classes (probably won't happen, but it was used as a talking point) and you have the number you need.
Spend more time walking the streets of Seaside and Marina than Monterey to appeal to families whose schools are considered in worse condition and doing poorly in the testing, Olsen in Marina being the exception.....great school but with a large % of motivated parents with a really 1st rate Principal.
You may not like Shepherd but I don't believe this campaign inface public perception of her is soo poor, she kept a very low profile.
But to the Vote Yes on P group, they ran a logical, well thought out campaign.
Also remember, nobody ran an opposing campaign. In cities where school bonds failed, they had very vocal opposition with flyers, posters and media. Nobody wanted to be seen as being against what was being lauded as "for the kids" in the community.
I too have read all the postings and I hope that some of people who made excellent points against the bond, now come forward to be a part of the oversight team. We really will need their involvement!
Harder Hallwood

Salinas, CA

#10 Nov 6, 2010
Democracy at work. Gotta love it.
Stephanie

Salinas, CA

#11 Nov 6, 2010
Harder Hallwood wrote:
Democracy at work. Gotta love it.
The public spoke and the property owners must pay, that is democracy and we must live with it. The fact that the district "blows" money unwisely hasn't changed. I stand by the belief the amount of money spent on administrators is ridiculous in this environment. The District threw a party Friday night to celebrate winning with only a chosen few invited to attend. Business is "as usual" with the Shepherd administration...Gotta love it!
Harder Hallwood

Salinas, CA

#12 Nov 7, 2010
Say whatever you want and make whatever unsubstantiated comments your psyche tells you type, but the result remains the same.
That's the wonderful thing about democracy. Gotta love it.
Annie

Salinas, CA

#13 Nov 8, 2010
Harder Hallwood wrote:
Say whatever you want and make whatever unsubstantiated comments your psyche tells you type, but the result remains the same.
That's the wonderful thing about democracy. Gotta love it.
You deserve the bad administration you back so fervently, I'll take my kids to San Carlos.
Harder Hallwood

Salinas, CA

#14 Nov 8, 2010
Buh-bye.
a long-time monterey

Seaside, CA

#15 Nov 8, 2010
Annie wrote:
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You deserve the bad administration you back so fervently, I'll take my kids to San Carlos.
Don't most of us who opposed Measure P already do that, then send them on to York, Palma, Notre Dame, Santa Catalina, and RLS.
Betsey

Salinas, CA

#16 Nov 8, 2010
Harder Hallwood wrote:
Buh-bye.
I wonder how much support you'll give Dr. Doom when she tries to close Foothill?
Parent power

Salinas, CA

#17 Nov 8, 2010
a long-time monterey wrote:
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Don't most of us who opposed Measure P already do that, then send them on to York, Palma, Notre Dame, Santa Catalina, and RLS.
This school district now mandates that teachers lower the passing D grade to 45%!!!
Dumb dumber and going to be the dumbest school district in California all too soon!
How much is San Carlos?
Politico

Salinas, CA

#18 Nov 8, 2010
Harder Hallwood wrote:
Democracy at work. Gotta love it.
Good help us if you get on the oversight committee! We might as well take the $110 million to Vegas.
another monterey parent

Salinas, CA

#19 Nov 8, 2010
Parent power wrote:
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This school district now mandates that teachers lower the passing D grade to 45%!!! Dumb dumber and going to be the dumbest school district in California all too soon! How much is San Carlos?
About four to five years ago, it ran somewhere in the vicinity of about $ 400 or more a month. That's the best I can tell you at this time. I am sure it must have gone up.
Annie

Salinas, CA

#20 Nov 8, 2010
Harder Hallwood wrote:
Buh-bye.
You have the Shepherd attitude down to perfection, Congratulations. By the way, with the kids goes the ADA (money) Buh-bye.

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