The Price of Distrust
By Jim Mills
Yesterday the East Bay Times (formerly the Contra Costa Times) posted an editorial endorsing school bond issues for seven school districts in our vicinity: Albany, Castro Valley, Dublin, Lafayette, Livermore and Walnut Creek. The editorial commended those districts for addressing student over-crowding and deteriorating facilities with foresight, sensible budgets, and responsible financial projections.
Mount Diablo Unified School District was conspicuously absent from this list. MDUSD also faces major challenges with aging, deteriorating facilities and should be investing in the future. Unfortunately, the District has done little to build trust among voters who would have to approve a new bond issue. In fact, the District’s decision this week to realign attendance boundaries for Northgate High School – adding six new schools to the feeder pattern without any apparent study or opportunities for community input – has undoubtedly done much to undermine support for the district in Northgate. When major District decisions are made so hastily, without analysis or community input, how could voters trust the same decision-makers with hundreds of millions of dollars of taxpayer money?
The answer is: they won’t. And our students will suffer the consequences.