Perris Union High School District considers bond for 2012

The Perris Union High School District teaches over 10,000 students between its eight schools, several which will be overcrowded in the next three years.

In an effort to accommodate each and every incoming student, the district is considering placing a $150 million school bond measure on an upcoming ballot next year.

A Bond Measure Feasibility Committee, made up of parents, school officials, community members, principals, and district superintendent Johnathan Greenberg, will prioritize the needs of each school.

The bond’s funds will be earmarked for building new school facilities, campus safety upgrades, and up-to-date technology for classrooms.

During a meeting last week, school officials spoke to the bond committee about the overcrowding on their campuses and the need to upgrade the facilities and technology to help their students succeed.

“It’s tough to maintain student achievement when you’re pushing [a population of] 3,000,” said Brian Morris, principal at Paloma Valley High School. “Then it becomes a management situation.”

Brady McCarron, a substitute teacher who works for the district, said class sizes are increasing and hindering student achievement.

“Teachers are not reaching every student,” said McCarron, who often substitutes classes of up to 40 students. “We’re forgetting students because we put them in classes that are too big, and we ignore them.”

He continued, “If we expect our students to achieve and be productive, we should respect them and provide them with better facilities.”

A couple of proposed facilities include a two-story science, technology, engineering, and math building for Heritage High School, and a math and technology center to replace the portables at Perris High School.

“We want to make sure that we provide first class facilities for teachers,” said Greenberg. “By upgrading our facilities and buildings, we’ll attain the best and brightest teachers.”

To further prevent overcrowding, the district will also be opening two new high schools. The first site, located in Menifee, has already been paid for. The second one is located in the Lakeview/Nuevo area.

The district isn’t sure when they will place this bond, but know that they will eventually have to. With this bond, property owners would pay $30 for every $100,000 of their property’s assessed value.

Greenberg said that despite the state of the economy, this would be an ideal time to improve the district’s schools.

“We can be proactive and go after this bond and ask the community to invest in our schools,” he said. “This is actually the best time to build because labor and material costs are down.”

Another meeting will be held for the Bond Measure Feasibility Committee on Jan. 17 at 6 p.m. at Heritage High School.


  1. I'm all for a bond measure- so long as I can opt out if I choose to put my child in private school.

  2. Still another way of them reaching into my pocket for money. Wish you could see my tax bill for all the BOND CRAP I have to pay for.

    Why are they taking the easy way out? Get some fundraisers going.

    I am sick of it!!!

  3. “We want to make sure that we provide first class facilities for teachers,” said Greenberg. “By upgrading our facilities and buildings, we’ll attain the best and brightest teachers.”

    Paying an average of $71,000 isn't enough to bring in decent teachers?

    Also, what about the students, Greenberg?

  4. Since I moved here to a new development 6 years ago, I've paid for a new Elementry school, bonds for improving existing elementry schools debt sv ($78.43), High School debt sv ($77.15), , Perris Union high school CDF 92.1 ($259.94), Menifee USD 2003-2 IA A ($1262.94) while they were closing elementry schools...Thats $1678.46 just in schools...not including the rest of my property tax bill and mello roos. I realize $30 per $100,000 is not that much and I sure would like to see the kids get a good education but when is it going to end ? I don't even have school age kids anymore....

  5. To December 22, 2011 8:38 AM

    As long as the teachers' salaries suck up 90%+ of the budget, it will never end. There will never be enough money. They will keep coming for more, because they are entitled to it.

  6. Heritage High has just been open a couple years, and already they need an upgraded building? Sick of the bonds!

  7. I did some research on this because I agree with what you are saying. The skinny is this - the bond is mostly for a new high school in Menifee because Paloma Valley and Heritage are at capacity already. There will also be a new building at Heritage. Then some of the money is to upgrade Perris High School since it is far below the quality of Paloma Valley and Heritage. Then, the last protion is for a new middle school to help overcrowding. I got mad because this doesn't seem to be going towards unification, but I was dead wrong - this in fact speeds up the unification process - so it is actually a good thing!

  8. It's not a good thing.

  9. No!!!! I pay enough for schools that I would never put my kids into! Fund raise cut salaries do what you got to do but stop reaching into my pocket, it is absolutely ridiculous! House prices up here are fair (thats why we bought up here) and then you get your tax bill. I work hard to be able to educate my kids maybe other parents should invest more of their time helping their own kids, at the end of the day it is their responsibility to educate their own children - if teachers can't reach every student maybe mom and dad should help them - its not my job to pay for their education! Step up parents and stop crying school district employees about your salary (you chose this job) - Ridiculous! Pay for it yourselves!