2018-08-19 / News

Montrose schools need help ahead of November ballot

By Jeanne Marcello
Staff Reporter

MONTROSE – Montrose Community Schools has a sinking fund proposal on the Nov. 6 ballot. The last time the school district requested a sinking fund was in November of 2016, it failed, receiving only 46 percent support.

On Tuesday, Aug. 14, Superintendent Dr. Linden Moore talked with the school board about the ballot proposal and the rules they will have to follow leading up to the Nov. 6 election.

Moore recalled talking with someone who had voted against the sinking fund proposal in 2016. The man said he didn’t know what a sinking fund was and it asked for more money, that’s why he voted against it.

Moore explained that people need to know the facts about the proposal, why the schools are requesting it.

As a new superintendent, Dr. Moore has been getting a hefty education about what school officials are allowed, and not allowed, to say where elections are concerned. This means school officials, including school board members and school staff, are not allowed to tell people to vote a particular way.

“We can only provide the facts. We can’t promote it,” Dr. Moore said.

The Thrun law firm will be reviewing all the language the schools use concerning the sinking fund, ensuring the school board and staff comply with the law.

School board secretary Ron Loafman explained that this is why a community committee is needed to promote it. He talked about the business leaders and parents who tried to promote it in 2016.

Dr. Moore said, “We want supporters who understand what we want to do with sinking fund dollars.” He talked about the importance of the board and staff members knowing the facts about the sinking fund proposal, suggesting he might give pop quizzes on the topic.

Moore said, “We need to communicate to our community that sinking fund dollars can only be used for repair and upkeep of the school’s facility and technology. Things like improving upon safety measures already taken, refreshing the roofs and taking care of our networks are going to be the focus. We have some excellent facilities, and I want to make sure we care for them so they will last as long as possible.”

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