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SRJC Measure H gets VOTE of Confidence and Support


SRJC Measure H gets VOTE
of Confidence and Support

Voters Strongly Support SRJC Measure H To Upgrade Facilities and Technology

By Ellen Maremont Silver

 Sonoma County strongly supported Measure H yesterday, with 61.78% of the voters approving Santa Rosa Junior College’s plan to move forward to upgrade aging facilities and technology with the $410 million bond measure. Passing the measure required 55% of voters to approve the measure.

The Yes on Measure H campaign reached throughout Sonoma County, including Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Sonoma, Sebastopol, Healdsburg and Cloverdale.

Board of Trustees President Jeff Kunde was pleased with the results. “Passage of Measure H is a validation by the community of SRJC's importance to our residents,” he said. “This will enable us to expand and upgrade so many significant projects that support critical educational programs, from science and math for transfer students to programs like agriculture, culinary and high-tech auto repair training for those who want to move into new careers.”

“We are so grateful for the support of the community, including elected officials, local business leaders, non-profit organizations, alumni, employees and students,” said Dr. Frank Chong, Superintendent and President of the Sonoma County Junior College District. “This will benefit students and Sonoma County for decades to come. It’s also a great ‘win-win’ for the local economy, and will provide new opportunities for local businesses to participate in significant projects.”

All of the funds from Measure H are committed to be expended in improvements to Santa Rosa Junior College. The funds are controlled locally, and are protected by an independent citizen oversight committee, as well as an annual financial audit that is available to the public.

Some of the proposed projects include a new science and math building on the Santa Rosa campus to replace Bech Hall, which was built in 1955, a new science wing on the Petaluma campus, expansion of the Veterans Center in Santa Rosa, expansion of the Public Safety Training Center in Windsor, addition of classrooms at Shone Farm in Forestville, and an educational center in Southwest Santa Rosa (Roseland).

“As SRJC approaches its 100th anniversary in 2018, it’s not surprising that this community treasure needs modernization,” said Robin Fautley, Life Sciences faculty member and President of the Academic Senate. “In the parts of our campuses that suffer from neglected upgrades, passage of the bond will help us provide our students with quality 21st century educational opportunities. This is a win for all of Sonoma County as SRJC students make a real difference in our community.”

''Now the hard work begins to make sure that we use this money from the voters so that it best serves not just our current students, but generations to come as well,” added Abigail Zoger, biology faculty member.