School bond oversight committee reorganizes, faces tough task

Andra Belknap, Ojai Valley News reporter
The $35 million in Measure J bond funding to rehabilitate and modernize Ojai Unified School District (OUSD) facilities will not come close to addressing the District's needs, according the Measure J Citizens' Oversight Committee's (COC) annual report.
The report emphasizes that the bond “literally only provides funds for one-third of (OUSD's) actual needs and deficiencies. At a minimum, two-thirds of the deficiencies will not be funded by this bond measure effort and continued funding efforts will be needed.”
“We have an old school system, we have a school system that's bigger than we need, we have declining enrollment (and) we have one-third of the money that we do need,” said Jeff Palmer the outgoing COC chair. “You add all that up and you say, what's the conversation going to be like in five, eight or 10 years when nothing has changed, when the schools are older and enrollment is lower?”

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