Resolutions and Attitudes
Four years ago, Orange Unified School District passed Resolution 21-13-14 for a
$296 million school bond to upgrade capital facilities of its four high schools. To assure voters that all capital facilities funded
with the bond money will be properly maintained and protected, the solution states:
At about the same time, ABCUSD passed Resolution 14-7 for a $195 million bond measure.
There is no statement about the safety and longevity of capital facilities to be funded with the bond money. OUSD's bond meausre
passed; ABCUSD's didn't.
Fast forward to 2018, ABCUSD passed a new Resolution 18-03 on July 17, which states:
These resolutions reflect two very different attitudes. While the OUSD resolution demonstrates a commitment to protecting the
taxpayers' investment, the ABCUSD resolutions appear to be indifferent. The vague language in the ABCUSD resolutions does nothing to
assure taxpayers their investment is safe. If new capital facilities funded with the 1997 bond money could run out of their useful
life in as little as 15 years, as is the case with the Gahr High roofing, then the same
thing can happen again with new capital facilities funded with the 2018 bond money.