Measure C passed overwhelmingly, but to vote for it one had to overlook much.
Never mind that the measure itself mentioned no specific project(s) for the $485 million.
Never mind that the 2012-2025 Facilities Master Plan referred to in the measure is nearly impossible to find on the district’s website.
Never mind that the Master Plan lacks an estimate of actual costs.
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Never mind that Veterans Affairs already provides money to veterans under the GI Bill, yet the measure touted that it was about helping veterans.
Never mind that the measure failed to discuss potential enrollment competition from a rapidly growing number of high-quality online courses.
Never mind that the measure was placed on the ballot at the last minute, which did not allow anyone to prepare a negative opinion.
Measure C will be worthwhile if it fulfills its stated objectives about placement of graduates into real jobs or to a university. It will be interesting to see how the district competes with the planned expansion of the Bitwise technology hub and its affiliate, Geekwise Academy. Will Geekwise be better at training and job placement or will the district?
Mark J. Zoeller, Coarsegold