Propositions 30 and 38 are not enough

By Kelly Bruhn

Carmel Del Mar parent/mother of three

Do you want to make a difference in your local community? Do you want to protect the quality of education in your public schools? Do you also want to protect the quality of the public school facilities for your children? Do you hope our children living within our community have a better future? By voting Yes to CC, you support our children, their future and your community. Now is the time!

This community is based on the quality of education provided by our school districts. Many of you who live in this community moved to this area because you believe that the quality of education provided by our school districts is excellent. Our local elementary school district has put the bond measure Proposition CC on the ballot and is thereby actively telling our community that it needs us to vote Yes on Proposition CC in order to protect and maintain this excellent quality.

By voting Yes to Proposition CC, you are providing safer, more modern schools for our children within our community. You are allowing for the improvement of technology and you are updating aging classrooms. This language as to what Proposition CC provides is taken directly from the Proposition CC Bond Measure. The Del Mar Union School District is telling our community that now is the right time and that we need to vote Yes for our children.

The District’s Executive Director of Financial Services advised that solutions to projected budget challenges must be found. She has recommended that the Del Mar Union School District identify cuts to reduce the budget’s “structural imbalance.” The school board has responded by analyzing budget solutions, including furlough days, an increase of current classroom ratios, hiring freezes, reorganization of library services, and many other possibilities. All this is outlined in the board meeting packet of Sept. 19, 2012.

One of the main objectives of the bond measure is to support the overall savings to our District’s General Fund. The District’s General Fund is currently used to support our children’s classroom education and the District’s principal public education mission. It is in our community’s best interest to keep the General Fund at safe levels in order to continue to support our children’s classroom and not direct the General Funds elsewhere. Without additional funds, the Del Mar Union School District will be forced to pull money from the General Fund for expenditures like maintenance and facilities needs. If our community is forced to receive a reduced school year or increase classroom sizes for our children, we will no longer be able to say that the quality of education we provide to our children is excellent.

It should give our community great comfort that there are many taxpayer protections in place within the bond measure. There is an independent oversight committee. We are also guaranteed that the money raised will stay within our local community. Notably, the bond funds are to be used solely to implement the detailed school project lists for each of the schools within the Del Mar Union School District and not for any other purpose.

There is also a lot of discussion about how Propositions 30 and 38 will affect our community. These Propositions are very important in maintaining the quality of education for our children. We need to research these issues and make an informed decision. If neither Proposition 30 or Proposition 38 pass, we will witness further cuts to education funding and our children within our community will clearly suffer. Those cuts will be enacted during this current school year.

Our community continues to feel the hardships of the fiscal crisis. We want a solution. Voting at the State level will help our community and may alleviate some of our local issues on the educational cutbacks but they are simply not enough for our community’s standards of excellence. This is yet another reason as to why we must vote Yes to Proposition CC. Its a local measure where we can make a difference and protect the quality of education within our local School District. Now is the time to let your voice be heard. Please vote Yes on Proposition CC.