01.28.2014 Campaigns, K-12, Uncategorized No Comments

IS 2014 A GOOD TIME TO GO OUT FOR A BOND?

Over the last 12 years, Caldwell Flores Winters, Inc. has maintained an impressive 90% success rate in passing hard to win bond measures. Last November, CFW went 3 for 3 in passing a General Obligation Bond measure, a parcel tax measure at two-thirds approval and assisted in the reorganization effort of the newly organized Wiseburn USD.

Given our experience and expertise in running elections in rural, urban and suburban communities, we know that every community is unique. We have a proven track record in passing bonds, both at the two-thirds approval level and 55% because CFW takes a holistic approach in meeting your district’s needs.  It’s important to remember that not all voters have daily contact with local schools.  Parents usually make up less than 20% of the electorate and many voters simple do not know why good schools will impact them if they do not have kids in school. That is why it is important to strategically plan and listen to the needs of all constituents throughout the District and then present a program that voters will accept at the ballot box.

Starting with the end in mind is important in your  planning processes. Long gone are the days when districts could just call for a bond election and win without facing any public scrutiny.  Given recent headlines in the news and recent bond reform measures, it is critical that district’s plan accordingly before the Board takes action to call an election.

Common sense and research will tell you that new facilities do help improve student achievement.  However, now more than ever, we need to be intentional about how the district’s educational planning and Common Core standards interact with facilities.  Voters want to know how investments in educational outcomes are linked to facility improvements.  This is why, we recommend an integrated planning approach to get you from where you are today to where you want to be tomorrow.  Is now the best time for your District to pursue a bond?  Let us help guide your discussion with your community stakeholders.  For more information, contact Abel Guillen at aguillen@cfwin.com.

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