Yuri Calderon Santa Barbara | Measure L2020

As shared by Yuri Calderon Attorney.

Montecito residents are voting on a proposed bond measure for cold springs school. News channel 3’s Blake Devine shows us how it would renovate a well-regarded campus. Some passionate parents at Cold Spring Elementary in Montecito are pushing for measure l 2020.

It’s a 130-year-old campus and a lot of the infrastructure here is many decades old. If approved, it would provide 7 or 8 million dollars in bonds to modernize classrooms’ fire alarms, along with water and sewer systems. The purpose is to replace aging portable buildings. We have three aging portable buildings. One was removed last year. These portables are on our last leg. One of them has already been torn down. The other two are pretty much unusable for classrooms. The public elementary school serves nearly 170 kindergarten through sixth-grade students. We’re at capacity right now. We actually have a classroom that’s in our library.

Supporters say new classrooms are needed to maintain a low teacher-to-student class ratio. We really strive to personalize space. We need classroom space but the repairs would come at a cost for property owners $14 per 100,000 of assessed value per year, and some residents feel that there was little transparency before the measure was put on the ballot. There were a lot of people that had no idea what was going on. As you know, we just didn’t know. We weren’t in the loop. In response, Denise Spengler Adams quickly created taxpayers for responsible school spending, a group voting against the measure. 87 percent of the residents in the Cold Spring school district do not have students currently enrolled in the district, and 87 percent of us were shut out of the process Cold Springs says it’ll be a burden if the bond doesn’t pass. It’s one of the best schools in the nation and we need this funding to be able to continue that legacy. Times are tough but we also want them to know that their investment in our children is the biggest investment that they could probably make. The measure needs 55 percent of voter approval in Montecito.