With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Clovis Unified School District’s Measure A bond has not yet reached the 55 percent threshold necessary to pass.
A total of 48 percent of voters said yes to the bond at press time. Votes are still being counted.
The bond would approve $408 million for CUSD to grow and modernize its schools, but would raise property taxes by $24 per $100,000 of assessed values
CUSD hopes passing the bond will guarantee the state to provide matching funds.
“What passing this bond gives us the opportunity to do is to apply and almost guarantee that we will get matching funds from the state, but the community has to show to the state that we support the school district,” CUSD Board President Christopher Casado said at a rally supporting the measure in January.
CUSD said in a statement to the Roundup Thursday, March 5, “With tens of thousands of votes still to be counted in Fresno County, we don’t yet know the final outcome for Measure A. We thank everyone who cast a yes vote to support our schools and students with high quality facilities and new schools to avoid overcrowding. We are eager to see the Election’s Office update on Friday afternoon before we take our next steps forward.
“The need remains for a new high school and intermediate school, and for funds to keep our schools up to date and in good repair. If Measure A fails to pass we will return to the drawing board and consider how we house enrollment growth. In the past, we have implemented year-round schools or considered massive boundary changes to find room for students. Those options will be on the table again without funds to build a new school.”