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GEORGE DUTRA, San Clemente

The bond money for school improvements is an investment in our community, our children’s future, and our property values depend on it.

Why do professionals buy into communities, willing to pay top dollar for homes? They seek good schools for their children. Bond money can only be used for school facilities improvements.

This is a mandate from the state. It cannot be used for salaries or any other uses, only for facilities improvements. These improvements are spelled out in advance, so the community knows what it will be used for.

In order to qualify for matching funds from the state of California, school districts must pony up their 50%. In other words, we put our money where our mouths are. If we do not move forward and pass the bond, other school districts that have voted “yes” get the funds.

Why would we want the opportunity for matching funds to pass us by?

As a past business services administrator for Long Beach Unified School District, now retired, who administered its school bond program for many years, I say vote “yes” and allow our children to compete for the best colleges possible.

Strong school districts are the foundation of a community.

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