By: Megan Knight
Measure S, the $270 million bond for the GUSD schools, passed on April 5 with a 69 percent of the vote, well above the required 55 percent needed to pass.
The money will provide safe and modern school facilities, and technological upgrades in several classrooms.
The Glendale Teachers’ Association (GTA) spent $40,000 fighting the bond and supporting school board candidates Nayiri Nahabedian and Ingrid Gunnell. However, that paled in comparison to the $160,000 spent on the “Yes on S” campaign that supported the incumbents, Nahabedian and Mary Boger.
Nahabedian received the most votes, with 10,560 out of the 43,711 total. Boger received the second most votes at 8,761.
According the Glendale News-Press, GTA President Tami Carlson did not support Measure S because “the district will not guarantee that they will funnel the proposed $19 million into class size reduction.”
Because the bond has just passed, no specific plans have been made yet for changes in this campus.
“The Board has discussed a number of times that upgrading Hoover’s football/soccer field is a high priority, so that could be one of the first projects to be considered,” board member Christine Walters said.
Also, Councilwoman Laura Friedman became the city’s first female mayor in over a decade after being unanimously elected by her colleagues.