Campus: Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo -- October 09, 2002
Cal Poly Academic Senate Endorses Proposition
47 Classroom Building Bond on Nov. 5 Ballot
Cal Poly’s Academic Senate has voted to endorse Proposition 47,
the classroom building bond on the Nov. 5 California ballot.
The education bond would bring more than $109 million in classroom building
money to the Central Coast: $50 million for new K-12 classrooms around
the county, including Paso Robles and Nipomo high schools; $37.3 million
to Cal Poly for a new building to replace World War II-era corrugated
metal buildings currently housing several engineering programs; and
$22.5 million for Cuesta College, enabling the campus to build a theater
arts building on its main campus and a science and health laboratory
complex on its new North County campus in Paso Robles.
The Academic Senate by an overwhelming majority on Oct. 1 to support
Proposition 47, said Senate Chair and Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
Professor Unny Menon. “We believe it is of great importance to
our students, and to all students in California,” he said.
The senate resolution supporting Proposition 47 notes that “the
overwhelming majority of students in the California State University
system and Cal Poly in particular come from the public schools of California,
(and) current overcrowding at K-12 public schools is hindering student
The Academic Senate is the faculty governing body of the university
representing approximately 1,000 faculty members. It is the principal
agency for the formulation and recommendation of policy, and provides
the mechanism for consultative participation by the university community
in the administrative decisions of the Cal Poly President.
This legislative body is comprised of 51 elected faculty representatives,
four senior administrators, and two students.
SUPPORT FOR PROPOSITION 47
(Kindergarten-University Public Education Facilities Act of
Rationale: Proposition 47 (Kindergarten-University Public Education
Facilities Act of 2002) allows the State of California to issue $13.05
billion in general obligation bonds for the construction and renovation
of public elementary, secondary, and higher education facilities throughout
the state. The need for such funding is acute at all levels of education
which face dramatic enrollment growth over the next decade. The proposition
specifically would provide $496 million to the CSU.
WHEREAS, The overwhelming majority of students in the CSU system, and
at Cal Poly in particular, come from the public schools of California;
WHEREAS, The current overcrowding at K-12 public schools in California
is hindering student success; and
WHEREAS, The deteriorating condition of many public school buildings
in California makes them unsafe for use by students; and
WHEREAS, Public schools throughout California are in need of substantial
funds to improve the infrastructure of the schools in order to meet
student growth and modernize the current facilities, therefore be it
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of Cal Poly support the passage of
Proposition 47 in the November 5 election; and, be it further
RESOLVED That the Academic Senate of Cal Poly direct its chair to write
a letter to the local newspapers expressing its support and asking for
public support of this proposition; and, be it further
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of Cal Poly send a copy of this to
the Yes on 47 Campaign and to the Academic Senate CSU.
Proposed by: Academic Senate Executive Committee
Date: September 24, 2002
Contact: Ray Ladd
College of Architecture and Environmental Design