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Walnut Schools Received Unfair Share of School Bond Funds

In November 2007, voters in the cities of Diamond Bar and Walnut whose schools are served by the Walnut Unified School District (District) approved Bond Measures S and Y.  Approval of these bond measures gave the District authorization to issue bonds totaling $104,739,600 to finance specific construction and renovation projects to maintain the District’s high academic standards and to enhance the District’s co-curricular programs.

 

The Annual Report to the Board of Trustees dated June 6, 2012 provided a summary of how the District allocated the bond funds among its 15 campuses.  It reported that Diamond Bar High School received $39,700,000 and Chaparral Middle School (located in Diamond Bar) received $18,700,000 for a combined total allocation of $58,400,000 going to the two Diamond Bar schools which accounts to more than half of the total bond funds authorized.    Approximately $14.6 million of this amount was used to fund the construction of an $11 million aquatic center at Diamond Bar High School, and a $3.6 million gymnasium at Chaparral Middle School.  In addition, the bond funds were used to build a 20 classroom Math complex on the Diamond Bar High School campus and a 14 classroom Science wing on the Chaparral Middle School campus.

 

 In comparison, Walnut High School received $9,320,000 and Suzanne Middle School (located in Walnut) received $4,218,000.  The two Walnut Schools received a combined total allocation of $13,538,000 which is $44,862,000 less than what the two Diamond Bar schools received.

 

This huge disparity has some Walnut parents questioning the fairness in the way bond funds have been allocated.  Some parents feel that the fact that 4 out of the 5 current Board of Trustees are Diamond Bar residents has had a direct impact on the District steering more funds to the Diamond Bar schools.   Walnut parents would like the District to explain the disparity and its justification as to why two Diamond Bar schools received more than half of the total bond funds authorized.

Yokozuna October 31, 2013 at 04:42 PM
DBHS had to share WHS' pool as they did not have one so the aquatic center at DBHS finally brings it up to par with WHS.
Keith Murakami October 31, 2013 at 06:16 PM
You are right. DBHS deserves to have a swimming pool. But, did they need to build a 12 lane pool when they only need 8 for the Olympics? Most schools that I am aware of have pools with 6 to 9 lanes. MSAC's pool has 9 lanes. The new DBHS aquatic center has a huge covered amphitheater with stadium seating. The operating costs for such a large aquatic center will be a tremendous expense to the District. In comparison, WHS's pool has 6 lanes, uncovered aluminum bench seating, and inadequate shower and locker facilities. On par? Hardly.
FormerWalnutHighStudent November 01, 2013 at 05:44 AM
Great point you bring up, Keith. This just goes to show that we do not have board members who are able to properly finance our funds, let alone make sound decisions. It's time to clean up the board, and add people who care. Vote Sean Monemi!
Concerned Parent November 01, 2013 at 10:33 AM
We need to get rid of those two incumbents. I sense some corruption here with a 12 line pool at DBHS.
Michael November 02, 2013 at 01:07 PM
I have every confidence in the stupidity of Walnut voters, I am sure they will re-elect Hall and Ruiz as they have done for the last decade.
Vito Spago November 03, 2013 at 04:44 AM
You are asked to vote for 3 of the 4 candidates. Seems you would have to vote for 1 incumbent unless you just voted for 2 candidates. I tossed out Hall in my vote. BTW, I think it was totally stupid to vote these bonds in. No school district the size of our district needs this kind of money. There is so much they are just pi$$ing it away trying to figure out how to spend it. Besides, they say that 100% of public pools are contaminated with fecal bacteria. All DB has built is a big toilet. Enjoy the swim.
Michael November 03, 2013 at 12:57 PM
Anyone that votes for a school bond is either part of the government school complex corruption or an idiot. I have met so many stupid people that believe it helps property values. Probably the same idiots that think the 40 hour work week came from unions when it actually came from a corporation.
Vito Spago November 03, 2013 at 01:11 PM
I think most of Walnut's immigrant population vote that way. They understand helping schools, but they do not understand how these bonds are paid back and the fact that with the interest paid you could buy 100 DBHS swimming pools. Also if you buy a $1M house in Walnut your property taxes will be $13k+ a year. Without these bond payments, the taxes would be 'only' $10k per year. Walnut schools are good because of the Students, not so much the facilities, teachers, or union thugs.
Michael November 03, 2013 at 02:29 PM
Walnut school facilities suck, from elementary school to WHS, kids take classes in trailers. The ignorant voters just love it. Then the School Board builds a pool in DB instead of classrooms for the Walnut kids. Walnut voters just don't have a lot of brains.
Concerned Parent November 04, 2013 at 11:53 AM
Michael, you are right. WHS looks like the worst ghetto school in comparison to DBHS, thanks to hopefully leaving incumbents. I voted for only 2 out of 3. I can't stand those two ladies, who did nothing for Walnut and never responded to any questions. Vote them out!!
Michael November 21, 2013 at 09:08 PM
I invite all Walnut residents to the grand opening of the Diamond Bar Aqua center- you paid for it. Please marvel at the beautiful center that IS NOT for your children. Keep your children in the temporary classrooms in Walnut, that's all they deserve, courtesy of Walnut voters.

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