‘Disappointed for the kids,’ says HUSD Superintendent Streeter
HUSD bond fails with 52 percent voting against
Even with the tremendous amount of support shown by parents, teachers and community members in the Humboldt Unified School District, the $15 million bond request was shot down by voters. With all precincts reporting, 52.19 percent voted ‘no’ on the bond question in Tuesday’s election.
“Obviously, this is not the result that we wanted,” said HUSD Superintendent Dan Streeter. “This will have a profoundly negative impact on our schools.”
Expressing his dismay in a phone call Tuesday evening, Streeter said he found the election results disappointing. He was especially disappointed for the students, he said.
More than 47 percent of voters chose not to approve it.
The bond money was slated for projects in four areas of need: improvements to school safety and security; student transportation; technology improvements; and classroom repairs and renovations, which include roofs, heating, air conditioning and furniture.
The bond would have paid for 10 new school buses, replaced HVAC systems that are more than 15 years old, repaired roofs, and replaced 20-year-old furniture in classrooms.
Now he is not sure any of those projects can be completed as the district’s reserves are near depletion.
“Given the levels of state support, we’re going to have to do something,” he said when asked if the district will try again next year.
“I have a group of people that will work with our community once again. We know that there are those who support HUSD and our students.”
On Wednesday, Streeter said he and the teachers will get back to work, focus on the kids, and keep moving forward to provide educational opportunities for the students.
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