Two Fresno Unified School District trustees oppose its own bond Measure X!
Trustee Carol Mills is offended that Fresno High School will not get an outsized allocation from the bond this time to rebuild the rest of its classrooms, and she is willing to sacrifice other needed district projects to express her displeasure. Fresno High benefited hugely from Measure Q and Mills’ involvement, but Measure X appropriately targets needs in other parts of the district as well.
Students and staff at Fresno, McLane, Roosevelt and Edison high schools all suffer extended days and scheduling nightmares with one gym accommodating girls’ and boys’ freshman, junior and varsity teams of multiple sports. The gym was always a feature of FHS’s site plan and will not impact the future classroom buildings.
Trustee Brooke Ashjian has often spoken about air conditioning and career/ technical education facilities, but he seems less concerned now about the comfort and needs of the students around the district. Lowering taxes is evidently a higher priority. Measure X does not raise taxes. It maintains current tax rates.
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There will never be money for new classrooms at Fresno High, air conditioning, career/tech facilities or anything else if we cannot even support maintaining our current tax rate.
Kay Bertken, former co-chair of FUSD Facilities Advisory Committee, Fresno