GERBER, Calif. - School officials in Tehama County are turning to voters to help pay for safety improvements.
District officials say security is their top priority and that is why they have placed a bond on the March 3 ballot.
It would allow the Gerber Union Elementary School District to upgrade its security. If approved, Measure E money would be used to tighten school security, enhance student safety and build state-of-the-art classrooms.
Administrators told Action News Now a "Yes" on Measure E would allow the district to receive over $5 million in state matching grants.
The admin also said getting funding can be a challenge but it is necessary.
"Well, one of the reasons is for safety reasons for our students. Gerber is located near I-5 so we've had instances where we've had people on the run near our school and they have easy access to I-5," said school administrator Claudia Trout. "So I think it's important to restructure our school so that we can keep our students safe."
School officials say Measure E would have strict regulations and it would require annual audits to make sure the money is being used for school improvements and not for salaries.
The district would need a 55% nod for the measure to pass.