Vista parents and teachers rally to save elementary school bond funding

VISTA, Calif. — Vista parents and teachers are fighting to maintain funding for one of the district’s oldest schools after previously approved bond money was recently put on hold.

The modest group from Vista Unified’s Beaumont Elementary School stood outside the district’s school board meeting Thursday night in a bid to rally support. The LL bond measure was passed in 2018 with a promise to invest nearly $250 million in improving Vista Schools, with Beaumont high on the priority list.

But at a February board meeting, district leaders voted to put Beaumont’s plans on hold, saying the district would take a deep dive into several schools and reprioritize bond money.

“Of all the schools taking a break, this one is 63 years old and we need a little help rectifying the mistakes in it that have never been corrected,” said Valerie Holseth. , a teacher at Beaumont for over 30 years.

Former Vista Unified school board member Carol Herrera said there was “mold in some buildings” in addition to other issues that need to be addressed. As for Beaumont and District PTA member Amanda Remmen, she said supporters are working hard to keep elementary school a priority.

“There were many comments implying that the funds would be better spent elsewhere, which as an actively involved parent was painful to hear,” Remmen said.

Remmen and other parents also voiced their concerns over the phone during the virtual meeting Thursday, but the topic was not on the agenda.

Board members did not return requests for comment on the matter, but did set up a special meeting on reprioritizing bond funds for March 23.

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