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Campaigning begins for school bond

Yes on S committee opens headquarters at 936 Brand Blvd. in support of ballot measure.

February 07, 2011|By Megan O'Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com

The organization dedicated to passing the $270-million school bond measure on the April 5 ballot opened its campaign headquarters at 936 Brand Blvd. last week.

The Yes on S committee also launched a new website where residents can find additional information about the Measure S bond.

“It is the start to all the volunteer work,” said committee co-chair Harry Hull. “It is a very professionally run campaign. There is going to be a slew of phone banks, yard signs, all kinds of stuff.”

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On April 5, Glendale voters will decide whether to pass the new bond measure, which would be phased in just as Measure K, the district’s $186-million bond passed in 1997, is phased out.

If passed, local property taxes would remain the same, about $46 per $100,000 of assessed value, through 2050.

District officials said the money will be used for major capital projects, including upgrades to the technology infrastructure at school sites.

Glendale Teachers Assn. representatives voted last month to not support the bond after failing to get a written commitment from the district to earmark $20 million to improving classroom instruction and rolling back work furloughs.

The Yes on S campaign will be propelled largely by volunteers who will make phone calls, knock on doors and distribute literature to promote the bond.

“We have lots of citizens that are supporters and that are going to be involved,” Hull said.

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