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Board opts not to seek bond vote on Nov. 6
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The Manteca Unified school board accepted the recommendation of the Bond Measure Committee, voting 7-0 Tuesday against pursuing a Nov. 6 campaign that would have in part helped repair and improve the existing athletic facilities.

Trustees also agreed with the report from the nine-member ad hoc group to possibly look at 2020 to pursue another bond measure while updating the current Master Facilities Plan that was done back in 2014.

"We received a wide range of perspective," Director of Facilities Operations Aaron Bowers of the recent Bond Measure Committee meeting. "We had some open, honest discussions."

Committee member Karen Pearsall, who once served on the citizens' oversight group for a previous bond measure, added that her time with this committee was "a positive experience."

 Meanwhile, the committee wasn't too keen on the strict timelines it would have taken to place the bond measure on the ballot. Waiting for 2020 would, like this year, require 55 percent 'yes' votes for passage.

"If we do go ahead with the bond measure (in 2020) it would be a good idea to educate the community on how the state is not giving us the money to build new schools — it's all up to us," Trustee Nancy Teicheira said.

MUSD currently has a $143 million bonding capacity, according to Superintendent Clark Burke, who added that the district has ongoing facility needs.


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