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  • School board re-votes, sends bond issue to voters

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  • HESPERIA — The school district board voted 4-1 Monday night to send a $207 million bond issue to voters in November.
    Hesperia Unified School District board member Hardy Black, who originally voted against the resolution to order a Proposition 39 school bond issue, said he met with staff members since the July 28 failed vote and they satisfied his objections.
    Specifically, Black said, a prioritized schedule was produced that showed where facility repair and renovation funds would be spent on a high-, moderate- and low-priority basis.
    Black said he informed board president Niccole Childs of his change in position and Childs called the special meeting.
    Cody Gregg cast the board’s only no vote after questioning several points in the resolution and procedural aspects of the meeting.
    Four residents spoke against approving the resolution, saying the bond’s tax burden is not affordable for residents still recovering from a recession and the money might benefit educational or construction unions.
    They also objected to notice being made over the weekend.
    Board member Eric Swanson said preparation for this issue has been made over the past year with community input.
    The annual tax for a median-priced home in the district is estimated at $70.30, and a 55-percent voter approval rate is needed for it to pass at the polls.
    Board members Ella “Lee” Rogers and Black voiced their opinions during and after the meeting that the issue has a low chance of being approved at the polls.
    Three district board seats also are slated to be filled during the Nov. 4 election. The filing period ends at 5 p.m. Friday.
    Gary Brodeur may be contacted at 760-951-6245 or gbrodeur@vvdailypress.com. Follow him on Twitter @DP_gbrodeur.
    Editor's note: This article was updated to correct the median cost of the proposed annual tax for Hesperia voters.
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