Passing Measure S in the April 5th election is a vital cornerstone of support to our schools, children and teachers. I cannot think of any logical reason why the leadership of the Glendale Teachers Assn. is not supporting this issue. They seem to be the only hold-out against a long list of well-respected supporters.
Our schools need our financial support as state budget funding is being strangled. Most state funding is used for teacher salaries and other operating expenses. Very little is left to accumulate for construction or large maintenance projects. I think that we should all begin to understand that our schools have two distinct funding needs, each with its own revenue source.
Construction, maintenance refurbishment and infrastructure upgrades have to find local funding. That’s what the school district did with Measure K in 1997. That bond measure funded $186-million worth of needed upgrades and technology investment.