Antioch High School was built in 1954 and has served many generations of students. I graduated in 1979, and my sons graduated in 2008. I have been the principal since 2006, and live and vote in the community. I ask you to join me in voting Yes on Measure B to support Antioch High School.
Measure B is a $56.5 million school bond to rebuild this historic school. The campus is old and worn-out. It needs to be renovated and modernized to meet the needs of students today and in the future.
Antioch High is a great school with a tradition of excellence. But the classrooms and athletic facilities serving today's students are extremely outdated. We cannot expect our students and teachers to meet modern standards in buildings and classrooms that are 58 years old. A quality educational facility in the 21st century demands more.
Antioch High is the last high school built in the 1950s in Contra Costa County that has not seen major renovations. Our track and pool cannot host league events -- our students must always compete as the road team. The school cafeteria is too small and cannot accommodate all students. On cold and rainy days, students must eat lunch in hallways or the classrooms. Our students deserve better.
Measure B provides for strict accountability as bond funds are spent as an Independent Citizens Bond Oversight Committee will monitor and review all bond expenditures. This committee of local residents will make sure all bond funds are spent as planned for the benefit of all students.
This is not only an investment in our students but in our community, as this renovation will create jobs locally.
I am proud of Antioch High School and our students. I am fortunate to work in a community that values education, but we also need to invest in our high school. I see the improvements provided by the 2008 bond, but I also see the potential for a thoroughly renovated high school campus.
On Nov. 6, make your voice heard by supporting our local high school and our local students. Vote yes on Measure B.
Louie Rocha is principal of Antioch High School.