Oakland school officials hope informative meetings lead to referendum approval
(02/09/05) OAKLAND ? School officials in Oakland hope residents will approve much needed school repair funding after shooting down an earlier referendum.
School board members say they are taking a different approach to the latest referendum by holding a series of informational meetings in the community. According to officials, residents may have an easier time giving the thumbs up to the funding if they know where their money is going. Many residents criticized the board after the first referendum, saying they were kept in the dark about specifics.
Education officials say the latest plan is vital for the well being of students in Oakland. According to board members, the district?s four schools are running out of space and are in desperate need of renovations. The board is presenting different options to get residents? feedback before the vote later this year.