SAN JACINTO– After hearing an unprecedented string of support from community leaders, the Mt. San Jacinto College District Board of Trustees voted during a special meeting on Monday, Aug. 4, 2014 to place a districtwide funding measure on the November 2014 ballot. If passed by voters, the measure would expand college career and educational facilities and programs that help students transfer to four-year universities and prepare for jobs. It would also ensure that buildings are upgraded for disabled accessibility.
Supporters of the bond measure included Riverside County Supervisor Marion Ashley, Menifee Mayor Scott Mann, Banning Mayor Debbie Franklin, Beaumont Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Maureen Latham, Cal State University San Marcos – Temecula Associate Dean Suzanne Lingold, Hemet-San Jacinto Chamber CEO Andy Anderson and former MSJC Vice President Dennis Anderson.
MSJC Academic Senate President Lorraine Slattery-Farrell told the board that faculty, classified staff and students all supported a bond measure. Former MSJC Trustee Joan Sparkman wrote a letter in support of a bond measure, which was read into the record by MSJC Superintendent/President Dr. Roger Schultz.
Board President Ann Motte said a bond for MSJC was critical to the prosperity of the region. She praised the list of specific projects outlined under the bond that would benefit each site in the district – Banning, Temecula, San Jacinto, Menifee and the I-15 corridor.
She cited the need for more facilities to serve the growing population and increase the college-going rate, which would help build economic strength in the region.
“I’m normally a tax hawk,” Motte said. “I’ve been on this board for 20 years and I didn’t vote for the previous two (bonds)