Woodside school district may put bond measure on spring ballot
Original post made on Aug 7, 2013
Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, August 7, 2013, 7:03 AM
on Aug 7, 2013 at 12:56 pm
Sellman Auditorium was renovated at taxpayer expense only 10 years ago. I certainly hope that if it is torn down and replaced that private donors pay for the project. Web Link
I also hope that the school keeps its neighbors in mind as it plans its renovations, something it has failed to do in the past. A major need is more on-campus parking and night-time lighting needs to be restrained to be more in keeping with the town's limits on lighting.
on Aug 8, 2013 at 4:14 am
Fwiw, the 2002 Sellman gym renovation consisting of new wiring, windows, stage lighting and curtain did not use any taxpayer funds whatsoever.
In June 1999 the community passed a $5.2M bond measure (74% support) which added 11 middle school classrooms to the campus. Additionally, private donors affiliated with WES foundation funded a $7.5M capital campaign which built the community gym located in the back of the school which was completed in 2002. The privately raised funds remaining from building the community gym were used to fund the Sellman renovation. Web Link
on Aug 8, 2013 at 12:45 pm
Interesting - your web link says this about Sellman: "With the gym now complete, Mr. Harter said the funds remaining from the capital campaign will go toward converting Sellman Auditorium into a multi-use performing arts center with upgraded facilities.
"When Sellman is done, [the school] will have two wonderful places to serve its 500-plus students ... for sports activities, school plays, concerts and on rainy days," Mr. Harter said. Other potential uses to be looked into are community theater and adult basketball, he said."
I hope the school does not make the mistake of asking taxpayers to pay for unnecessary frills as it did in 1998 when a bond was defeated.