Bond put on hold

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By CLAIRE ST. JOHN

They say you've got to spend money to make money.

But what if you spend and end up making nothing?

That's the dilemma for Curtis Creek School District board members. They talked about the possibilities last night while considering putting a $3.8 million bond measure on November's ballot.

In the end, they decided to delay a decision on a bond until at least next year.

The district had considered using bond money to replace 15 portable classrooms on both the Curtis Creek and Sullivan Creek campuses, and build a performing arts center, including a kitchen, eating area and technology center, at Curtis Creek.

But with California's current financial problems, trustees are uneasy asking taxpayers for more.

"I don't think it's a good climate for a bond," said Trustee Marge Jones.

The area surrounding the campus could be in flux in a few years if Peaceful Oak Estates, a proposed 320-home development, is approved and built, making needed school improvements and additions hard to predict.

"I think I would be more supportive if I knew that subdivision was going in," Trustee Jim Mele said. "I think I would be more comfortable if it were a known that more students are coming in and we need to be prepared for them."

With a 5-0 vote, trustees chose to table the decision until at least 2004.

"We'd be hard pressed to get everything together and get all our voters out," said Trustee John Freer.

The board also voted to form a committee that would research what needs to be done on the two campuses, and how much money it would take.

"I think it would be good to get a wish list together and see what can be done with $3.8 million," Freer said.

Contact Claire St. John at cstjohn@uniondemocrat.com .

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