If you drive past the intersection of Riley Street and East Bidwell Street lately, you can’t help but notice the rapid growth taking place at Sutter Middle School. This ongoing construction is just one of many projects that have taken place or are currently taking place in Folsom thanks to the passing of Measure G.
Measure G isn’t the first bond measure to improve our area schools, however, it is currently the one that is showing true success in the area everywhere you look. From Sutter Middle School to the rebuilding of Carl Sundahl Elementary, Oak Chan, the expansion of Folsom High School, Vista del Lago High School’s new stadium and much more, funds from this measure are clearly making a different in our local school system.
Measure G was a Folsom Cordova Unified School District Bond Issue on the ballot during the election in November 2014. The bond authorized the district to increase its debt by $195 million dollars through issuing general obligation bonds in that amount. District officials estimated the average annual property tax rate required to repay these bonds to be at $60 per $100,000 of assessed property values. The bond needed a 55 percent vote to pass and did so, without issue, with 68 percent voting in its favor.
Prior to Measure G, many of Folsom’s educational facilities were rapidly deteriorating or becoming over-populated. With the growth in area and increasing enrollment, the facilities were struggling to keep up with the number one thing they are here for – the education and success of our area youth.
Now, we are seeing the positive effects Measure G is having on our community and it’s future. In a city that is known for being “distinct in nature,” we are taking great strides in continuing to insure we offer the very best educational experiences for our youth and are just as distinct in education.
Measure G is allowing the Folsom Cordova Unified School District to renovate, expand and in some cases, completely rebuild a number of our area campuses, many of which have been in use for more than 50 years. Sutter Middle School is one of the oldest area schools in operation, being built in 1929 as the original high school, and that is only one example.
To properly prepare our youth for the high-tech world they will be entering as young adults, we have to do so in the correct environment. While the days of the one-room schoolhouses educating so many of our world leaders, changing times always require changing measures, and the Folsom Cordova Unified School District and the voters of this community should be commended for choosing to put education first and foremost in our community and keeping the future of Folsom shining bright.
–The Folsom Telegraph