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$1 at the newsstand 9 "'''*''''''''''''''*'''* ORIGIN MIXED ADC 940 SMALL TOWN PAPERS I096 927 W RAILROAD AVE 00-00-0000 SHELTON WA 98584-3847 Illi'ilH,i,I,Hl"m hq,ilh,M,il J,iHm, Visit www.cloverdalereveille,com for daily updates on local news and views Our 140th year, Ntunber 18 Cloverdale, California May 2, 2019 Perceived lack of transparency about district-owned property at root of public's frustration By Zo~ Strickland Reveille Editor zoe@sonomawest.com The Cloverdale Unified School District (CUSD) Board of Trustees met for a special board meeting on April 25 to vote on potentially allocating $1.6 million of Measure H bond money toward paying off the district's lease on a property the board approved the purchase of in March 2018. While at the beginning of the meeting most of the board expressed interest in seeing the motion pass, after nearly two hours of discussion the item failed in a 2-2 vote. Board President Todd Lands and Trustee Preston Addison voted in favor; Trustees Jacque Garrison and Cecile Peters voted against; Trustee Eric Higginbothom was absent. Since the vote was a tie, the May 1 loan payment of $28,000 will come out of the general fund. The property was ultimately purchased in June with a principal amount 0f$1.683 million, with $673,950 in interest over 15 years. The district purchased the property after learning that the city anticipates an increase in new housing, and therefore an increase in children in the coming future. "We specifically structured the loan payment to not pay any of the principal until 2020 because we wanted to have the chance to be successful in a bond campaign either in 2018 or in 2020 -- this was discussed at a board meeting in open session," Superintendent Jeremy Decker said while discussing the history of both Measure H and the purchase of the property. While the text of Measure H covers this use of the bond money -- one of the bullet points listed under the bond project list includes: "The payment and/or prepayment of all outstanding lease payments and related certificates relating to the lease of school sites and the construction of new classrooms and facilities" -- many of the people who spoke during public comment felt that the board wasn't as upfront as it should have been. That, coupled with the fact that the April 25 meeting wasn't announced until April 23, had people on edge. "The reason it's being considered today, in a bit of a haphazard fashion I will say, is because we realized (the next) interest payment is coming due on May I and it's $28,000 of an interest-only payment. Meaning, it doesn't provide anything to the district except paying interest," Decker said. "At that point, this meeting was being set up for something different that was set up for closed session and we were going to have a quorum for the board. To try and make sure that we didn't have to take funds from the general fund for $28,000 that wouldn't do anything positive for the district we wanted to put this on the agenda to take care of it. "The reason we are considering this an expenditure that is worthwhile for the district is because it's ($673, 950) for the interest on this should we not pay this off with the bond fund. That $673,000 could be used differently for the school district." As the renovation needs of the current district facilities pile up and people see facilities that haven't been updated since they attended the district, people questioned why this payment is being brought to the table before other facility issues. "'Our current schools are in need of major upgrades and renovations due to being outdated. The passage of Measure H will allow the district See Bond Page 8 LOCAL HELPERS -- Mary Munsell's class delivered a Solar Suitcase to the Cloverdale Police Department on April 25. Pictured from Gonzalez, Marisol Barragan, Anahi Ruiz, Jessica Aguirre, Nicky Martinez, Jordan Ruiz, Manuel Beltran, Alex Madrigal, Xenia Echols, Mary Munsell, John Camara and Rick Rhodes. Photo Zo~ Strickland left are Jason Mora, Beatriz Cesar Buenrostro, Julisa Pulido, Solar Suitcase project gives power source to Kenyan school, Cioverdale Police Department By Zo~ Strickland Solar, who has been making Solarpeople in need was one of the most Reveille Editor Suitcases to ship to countries in rewarding things I have ever done," zoe@sonomawest.com need since 2011. CHS received a Xenia Echols said. Echols is a senior grant a few years ago to incorporate in Munsell's class. A Cloverdale High School physics making the suitcases into the While the class put together two class gave power to an elementary curriculum, and have been makingsuitcases, they vary in power. The school in Kenya. them ever since. Munsell said that one that was sent to Kenya is higher As part of an assignment, Mary the local component is new this power, with a larger solar panel. The Munsell's class wired and put year. one given to the police department is together two Solar Suitcases -- blue "Its original purpose was to smaller, and is primarily for suitcase-shaped containers that provide solar power to schools and emergency use. contain light bulbs, outlets and medical clinics in countries where The suitcase that was sent to wiring to make it all work -- one for there was no power," Munsell said. Kenya will be able to provide power Kismayop Primary School in "Because a lot of countries where to classrooms and offices, as well as Kakuma, Kenya and another, there is no power is close to the provide a place for adults who work smaller one, fo.r the Cloverdale equator, solar works out well for at the school to charge their Police Department. that." technology. The one that was "The kids literally wire and build We Care Solar's rooting mission brought over to the Cloverdale circuits," Munsell said. "They wire is to specifically provide power as a Police Department has two lights an entire switchbox, they gain a lot way to "improve health outcomes attached that can be used for of practical knowledge and they get for childbearing mothers and their directing people in an emergency to ship those off and see the benefit families by supporting health situation, as well as a foldable solar of what they do." workers with equipment powered by panel that can be stored in an The Solar Suitcase program runs the sun," states its website, officer's vehicle and pulled out while through Berkeley-based We Care "Sending the solar suitcase to on the go. All in all, Munsell said that each suitcase takes around five, 50- minute class sessions to assemble -- not including teaching the background electrical unit. It does, however, include a lab session where she goes around and purposefully "sabotages" the suitcase and then has the class problem solve to figure out what went wrong. The lab will come in handy if anything happens to the suitcase that was given to the CPD. "We guarantee if it breaks, my class will come fix it. We will come figure out what happened in the field, what went wrong," Munsell said. The classwide project has been historically favored, Munsell said. "They always pick solar suitcase as their No. 1 favorite thing we do all See Lighting Page 6 The Rotary Club of Cloverdale is According to Elston, 80% of the hosting its Cinco de Mayo fundraiser funds raised Saturday night will go on Saturday, May 4. The event, toward Project Grad -- a post- which will have dancing, music and graduation celebration that aims to food, serves as Rotary's main present a drug and alcohol-free fundraising event for Project Grad. space for graduating seniors to The event will begin as the celebrate their big day. The other Cloverdale Chamber of Commerce's 20% of the money fundraised will go Spring Festival is ending, and will toward the Cloverdale Rotary Club take over the plaza from 5 to 9 p.m. Foundation. "It's a good community activity," "I'm hoping it will bring out Rotary event chairperson Ann people. I'm really hoping it will bring Elston said. "It's an early kick-off, in out a cross section of people in the a way, for Friday Night Live because community. It seems like whenever I it's a similar sort of band-show." go downtown I see my friends, but I Dinner will be served from 5 to 7 know that there are a lot of people, p.m. and members of the Cloverdale particularly in the Latino High School Interact Club will be community that I'm not seeing and selling homemade desserts, are not maybe coming out. Even if Additionally, wine, beer and soft they don't come for the meal, come drinks will be for sale. for the fun." Those who aren't interested in Dinner tickets are on sale for $15 dinner can still come for a treat-- and can be purchased at Napa Auto Ballet Folklorico will be taking the Parts, Cloverdale Eagle Tech stage at 5:30 p.m. and local honky Collision and Towing, The Mail tonk band Court n' Disaster will be Center as well as from members of taking the stage at 7 p.m. Admission the Cloverdale Rotary Club. to the music portion of the event is free. -- Zo# Strickland Photo MaryAnn Wilson GRUB -- Attendees gather to eat during the 2018 Cinco de Mayo event. KNIGHT -- Knight by Peter Crompton Sculpture Trail. Looking behind the curtain of the 2019 Cioverdale Sculpture lrrai By Zo~ Strickland Reveille Editor zoe@sonomawest.com You may notice 13 new additions as you walk down Cloverdale's main drag -- the new Cloverdale Sculpture Trail sculptures went up on April 25 and 26. The road to get the sculptures to town began on Jan. 2, when a call for artists was put out. From there, entries were reviewed and assessed by the trail's selection committee. "In preparation for welcoming Photo provided gets installed on the 2019 Cloverdale new sculptures and saying goodbye to ones that have graced our streets for at least one year, an install (and uninstall) schedule was prepared," Cloverdale Sculpture Trail Coordinator Joyce P. Mann said. "Putting together the schedule is like putting together a puzzle." On the day of installation, Mann walks around with a clipboard that has a master list of all the information necessary to get everything put in place -- sculpture name, whether it's coming or going, how big it is, who is assisting with placing it or taking it, the list goes on. After putting the puzzle together, Mann shows it to Cloverdale Public Works, so they can determine what they need to See Sculpture Page 6 i ,