(Oakland) A $15 Million Bond Issue will be on the ballot for voters in the Riverside School District at the end of the month. This vote will be the fifth attempt at getting a new building built.
The overall cost to build a new high school is estimated to be around $23 million and the school district is asking for the public’s help to fund just over $15 million of that. Riverside Superintendent James Sutton says it is critical to something passed.
"It's tremendously important to the district. There are so many things that are going to have to be addressed in terms of repairs to that building. It's going to come down to basically deciding whether or not you are going to invest your money in a new building or put your money into a new building. That's a huge decision for the district to make."
The vote has gotten closer and closer each time around and fell less than one percent shy of passing during the last attempt. Sutton says this time around there are a few minor changes to the plan but the overall emphasis is on getting all of the supporters to actually show up and vote.
"I'm hoping that folks feel very comfortable about the project and what it involves and what it's going to cost. I'm hopeful that it will be reflected in the turnout."
An informational meeting will be held on June 11th and voting day is June 25th.