It’s nearly impossible to pass a bond measure in the Ramona Unified School District. The small rural district has tried and failed five times now, and it remains the only unified district in San Diego County that’s never passed a bond.
Ramona Unified floated a bond in 1974. It failed. The district tried again in 1997, then again in 2002. This year, it tried once more to persuade voters to invest in local schools. In November, Proposition R, which would have raised $66 million, came in about 4 percent short of the 55 percent vote needed.
But Ramona school officials haven’t waited for voter approval to spend money to renovate the district’s schools. In 2004, district leaders took out a $25 million loan, a move that helped them secure an additional $34 million in matching state funds.