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Trustees back off of bond

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MUSD plan put on hold

Madera Unified Superintendent Ed Gonzalez got a bit of a surprise at Thursday’s board meeting. With one trustee absent, he expected a 6-0 vote on the proposed school bond measure. Instead, the board backed away from the issue temporarily in order to gather more information on precisely how the money would be spent.

Opposition to Gonzalez’ recommendation that the board vote to put the $70 million bond on the ballot for the general election in November came from Al Galvez, a member of the Madera County Board of Education and chairman of the Madera Unified Personnel Commission.

Speaking during the public comment portion of the meeting, Galvez assailed the proposal for its “lack of information.” Galvez pointed out that state matching funds would increase the $70 million from the bond to $140 million. He suggested that amount of money demanded more specificity from the board as to how it would be used.

As a case in point, Galvez pointed to the fact that funds from the proposed bond were to be earmarked for a new high school. He told the board that the language of the bond proposal would not prevent the construction of the new high school near the two existing high schools instead of a more strategic location...


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