(OAKLAND) The Riverside Bond issue is up for vote again Tuesday.
Riverside Superintendent James Sutton said the changes this time around address the priorities they saw when they reviewed suggestions from the community.
“We moved from requesting a Pre-K-12 building to a 7-12 building, so we cut that back considerably,” explained Sutton. “We’re going to keep our Elementary building open, but we’ll turn it into a K-3 and we’re going to keep our Middle School open also, but we’ll turn into a 4-6.”
He said an athletic complex is guaranteed as well as a geo-thermal heating and cooling system.
Sutton reminds Riverside patrons that the problems with the aging High School are not going to go away.
“If we don’t replace that High School we’re going to putting a lot of money into it to make it ADA accessible and also adhere to some other requirements that we have to legally look at,” said Sutton.
The project will cost around $22 million, but they are only asking voters for about $14 million of that.
“It’s going to be about $2.70 added on to the tax rate, which right now for Riverside folks is one of the lowest in the state, $9.63,” explained Sutton.
Riverside patrons can vote at the Carson Community Building from 7 am to 8 pm Tuesday.