The Cuesta College Board of Trustees turned down a proposal at last week’s board meeting to hire an outside consultant to conduct a bond measure voter opinion poll to determine the feasibility of a November 2012 bond.

The bond measure survey, which was estimated to cost between $30,000 and $40,000, was deemed unnecessary after college trustees decided not to pursue a general obligation bond measure in 2012.

“It is just not the right time for us,” said Superintendent/President Dr. Gil Stork. “We had a fiscal obligation to explore all the possibilities, but pursuing a bond measure in 2012 would not be in the best interest of the college or the community that supports us. We will continue to focus our attention and efforts on improving our accreditation status and navigating the current fiscal climate.”

The Board of Trustees had authorized Dr. Stork at the November 2, 2011 board meeting to initiate an internal study of the feasibility of preparing for a local bond for 2014.

Cuesta College has not passed a local bond since 1974, with one failed attempt in 2006.

“With the majority of our buildings more than 30 years old and built before current technology existed, Cuesta College needs renovations and technological improvements that can only happen with a successful bond measure,” Stork said. “While we are not seeking a local bond measure this year, it is only a matter of time before we will need the financial help of the communities we serve.”

Cuesta College trustees agreed to continue to study the feasibility of pursuing a bond in 2014.

Released June 12, 2012