For Immediate Release – Nov. 6, 2014
Contact: Lissa Gibbs, NVC Public Information Officer - email@example.com, office: 707/256-7167
NAPA VALLEY COLLEGE AWAITS MEASURE E RESULTS
$198 million in facilities and technology upgrades hang in the balance as final ballots are counted
Napa, Calif. (Nov. 6, 2014) – With results too close to call on Measure E, Napa Valley College students, faculty and staff are waiting to learn whether $198 million in crucial technology and facilities upgrades will be approved.
As of 10:42pm on November 5, 2014, 18,587 votes had been counted with 52.27% in favor of Measure, while 47.73% had opposed it. With many absentee ballots still uncounted, the final result remains too close to call. The college awaits an update from the Napa County Elections Office communicating the number of uncounted ballots and an estimated timeframe of when they will be counted.
NVC President Dr. Ronald Kraft thanked Napa County voters for participating in the election and in the months of community dialogue and debate connected to the bond measure.
"Whether or not the measure passes, this experience has been valuable to the college and the community," Kraft said. "We look forward to continuing the conversation about how NVC can best serve local higher education and workforce training needs now and in the future and sincerely appreciate that the majority of voters in Napa County voted in favor of Measure E."
Chair of the NVC Board of Trustees Bruce Ketron added, "An investment in Napa Valley College and its students is a sound economic commitment which will give bountiful returns to our community for many years to come."
The bond would fund projects that include expanding the campus student services center to increase capacity to serve all students including veterans, upgrading campus technology to provide students with a 21st-century education and job training, expanding math and science classrooms, and providing career technical education facilities for skilled trades.
"These are not 'nice-to-have' improvements, but vital projects that help us prepare students for successful transfer to four-year degree-granting institutions and for careers and beyond," said Kraft.
2014 marks 12 years since a bond measure was passed to support NVC. In 2008, voters defeated Measure L, which called for $178 million in bonds to complete projects approved in 2002 with the passage of Measure N.
To learn about the progress of Measure N projects, read the Facilities Master Plan, and learn about opportunities to provide input about NVC’s future plans, visit www.napavalley.edu.