(Oakland) After coming less than one percent short of passing a $15.1 million dollar bond issue for a new school last February, the Riverside School District will give the measure another shot this summer.
The vote will be June 25th. Superintendent Jim Sutton says they’ve tweaked the plan slightly this time around with the main difference being a traditional auditorium included in the new plan. Sutton says he’s confident the vote can get passed with more voter turnout.
"I think probably the most important thing is to get the word out. There were a lot of people that we had that told us they were going to say yes and then they never made it to the polls. We have to fight apethy, that's one of our biggest nemesis."
The measure garnered 59.2% of the needed 60% during their last vote which was the third try at it. The current building which was built in the 1930’s has served the district well, but is aging.
"No air conditioning, alot of things like the boiler system is going to need replaced. It's got problems like handicap accessibility. Even the electrical needs have changed so much in the last 80 years that it is just outdated."
The building would be located at the intersection of Highway 59 and Highway 6. Sutton says they will be mailing details of the revamped designs to the public and plan to hold an informational meeting on June 11th. The tax levy will stay the sam as last time at $2.70 per thousand.