Voices from the Media
Message from Lynda Johnson
Lynda Johnson, Facebook, July 20, 2014
Dear ABC Community:
The ABC Unified School District Board of Education, in a 6-1 vote, approved that a bond resolution of $195 million will be placed on the November 2014 ballot. I was the only dissenting vote.
Here is a recap of the meetings that led to the final vote.
Facilities Master Plan:
On July 8th, the Board of Education accepted a $652 million Facilities Master Plan. The motion to accept the plan was 4-3. I was one of the dissenting votes to accept the master plan. I voted against the plan for many reasons. The master plan is said to be the guiding document for the next 20+ years. However, there are many flaws in the plan. More importantly, there was a lack of extensive discussion and lack of significant community involvement in the creation of the master plan.
On July 15th, the Board of Education approved a $195 million bond measure to be placed on the November ballot. The original bond resolution was for $235 million and then it was reduced to $195 million. I was the only dissenting vote. A 6-1 vote is a healthy vote, as it shows there are concerns and that the board is transparent on how it operates. Just like the master plan, there were many reasons why I voted against the bond resolution. I have been consistent with the way I vote and have always remained true to my convictions. Any document, including both the master plan and the bond resolution, that does not have proper context can change away from its original purpose through multiple uncontrolled edits.
THE NEXT STEPS:
The next board meeting will be held on August 12th at 7:00pm in our district boardroom. The board will be presented with a tentative Bond Fund Allocation and Project Priority Order List for consideration. On September 16th, a Detailed Project List and estimate cost list will be presented to the board. Election Day is November 4th.
I support the needs of our teachers and students. It is evident that our facilities need to be upgraded and we need technology in our classrooms. However, I would like to further explore alternative funding options in combination with a well-planned project and cost list that ensures funds are allocated properly.
To our parents and teachers, I am committed to moving forward in our district’s efforts to provide a 21st century classroom. To our ABC residents, I have a fiduciary responsibility to protect your interest.
Thank you again for this opportunity to be a representative to the ABC community. I have always advocated and will continue to advocate for all of our students in the 6 cities that we serve
I look forward to hearing from you. Please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call me on my cell phone at (310) 650-6159.
Vice President, Board of Education
ABC Unified School District