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Rockwood Voters Reject School Bond Measure

Rockwood School District patrons missed the margin needed to pass this $43.2 million measure by 3 percent. These are unofficial, final results as of Tuesday night.

Proposition R would have enabled the to borrow $43.2 million through general obligation bonds to make improvements and repairs to multiple school buildings, but this measure did not pass in Tuesday's election—by 54 (against)/46 (for) percent.

YES . . . . . . . . . . . . 7,579 votes, 53.95 percent
NO. . . . . . . . . . . . . 6,470 votes, 46.05 percent

This measure required a four-sevenths, or 57 percent, majority to pass.

"It is disappointing to lose by such a small percentage," said Rockwood School District Superintendent Bruce Borchers. "It is too early to speculate regarding the impact this will have on our schools. I can assure you we will continue to be fiscally responsible as we meet the needs of our students with our available resources."

Borchers said, "I would like to express my appreciation to our Rockwood community, a majority who voted in favor of the bond issue."

Rockwood Board of Education President Janet Strate told Patch on Tuesday afternoon that "saving money in the education business meant eliminating people."

Strate said parents can anticipate that some class sizes may have to increase, due to the proposition not passing.

"We'll (the board) have to focus on the most critical things, such as paying for the air-conditioning when school starts in August and fixing leaky roofs of school buildings," she said. "We'll also have to worry about keeping enough in reserves for those unexpected issues."

Strate said there was no immediate 'plan B' approach to adjusting the district's future budget. She said first the superintendent's cabinet would meet to determine what items to recommend cutting. "There are no simple answers, though. The board listens to the cabinet, but we also listen to the public regarding needs and priorities."

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Michael Rhodes April 06, 2012 at 11:55 AM
foxxydrummer(interesting by the way): It may take two post to answer your questions. 1. "And how about coming clean? Are you a paid shill for Rockwood or the NEA? You sure seem to parrot the party line, comrade." Neither. I do need to become more involve as by your post it is evident some are blind to the impact a quality school system has or the reverse what an un-accreditited system has. I am not emplyeed or receive any money from the Rockwood School District. I am not and have never been a member of a union and don't plan on ever being. You won't find a union supporter sticker on my car (bought used by the way). I am also not member of the communist party. I tend to vote Republican, but will always vote for the canidate that best supports my views.
Michael Rhodes April 06, 2012 at 12:18 PM
foxxydrummer: Did you also attend private school or did you not attend school? It would need to be one of the two as you stated you derived no benefit from public schools. From another post you have made you are employed. Were all your customers that are spending their money with your comany from private schools as well? They must have been since you said you derive no benefit from a public school system. Do you not have any co-workers or employees or were they all private schooled as well? If so, were they all private schooled as well? Do you not own property in the Rockwood School district? You must not as the value on that property is directly impacted by the quality of a schoool system.
Michael Rhodes April 06, 2012 at 12:23 PM
Okay, just about done. To say someone does not benefit from a public school district when they live and work in one is an unrealistic arguement. A better arguement would be that you just hate paying any taxes or that you hate that your tax rate is so high.
David Miller April 11, 2012 at 05:52 PM
A "very small group of people"? A full 46% of those who voted, voted AGAINST Prop R -- the largest percent of no votes in recent years. This is also a significant increase from past bond issue “no” votes: 36.01% against Proposition 5 in 2010, 38.02% against Proposition 3 in 2008, and 32.70% against Proposition K in 2006. Almost every other voter voted against Proposition R.
Eileen Tyrrell April 11, 2012 at 07:21 PM
Support your teachers, and your administrators and your BOE? I believe most everyone does "support" Rockwood, however, that doesn't mean they aren't going to disagree on all decisions made and the process in which those decisions are reached. As pointed out in the latest press release from RS for RS "Citizens are not against paying their fair share of taxes to support public education in our school district. However, what they are against are unwise, undisclosed and inappropriate business practices, excessive spending and poor fiscal management," said Eileen Tyrrell, RS for RS co-founder and spokesperson. http://fenton-highridge.patch.com/articles/rockwood-stakeholders-group-calls-for-fiscal-reforms

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