Yes for Kids is the title of the newly formed political action committee that will advocate for passage of a $48 million school bond in the Nov. 6 election.
Kim Mosier, the lead organizer of the Baker Valley Education Foundation who also served on the Baker School District’s Long Range Facilities Planning Committee, is chairwoman of the Yes for Kids committee.
Two other Baker City women also have volunteered to serve in official positions: Debbie Penning is the treasurer and Mary Tomlinson will be the chairwoman of the fundraising committee.
The group will be seeking donations of time and money as the volunteers begin to organize and work together to gain support for the bond measure, Mosier said.
They intend to sit at football and volleyball games promoting Ballot Measure 1-88 and helping people learn more about the need for its passage. The ballot caption states that the $48 million bonds would be used “to improve safety, expand vocational opportunities, address enrollment levels” in the 5J schools.
Stickers advocating a yes vote and signs to be placed in vehicles and possibly on lawns will be printed to bring attention to the need for building a new elementary school, moving seventh- and eighth-graders to a separate area of the high school and making other improvements to the schools, Mosier said. Media advertising will be used to promote the issue as the election date approaches.
Volunteers also will be on hand during the school registration and resource fair at BHS today and Tuesday.
Mosier said the idea of producing signs to be placed in vehicles was used in another community to promote passage of a bond measure.
“They are cheaper than lawn signs,” she said. “It will be a nice way to see support for schools as people drive around town.”
The Yes for Kids Committee plans to meet at 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays at Crossroads Carnegie Art Center, 2020 Auburn Ave., to provide information and to pass out signs, Mosier said.
She encouraged anyone interested in volunteering or making cash donations to the committee to attend a meeting or call her at 541-519-1526.
Oct. 16 is the last day to register for the Nov. 6 election, said County Clerk Cindy Carpenter. Voters may register at the Clerk’s Office in the Courthouse until 5 p.m. that day. Mailed registration will be accepted if postmarked on the 16th and online registration will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. Oct. 16.
The Clerk’s Office will deliver ballots to the Post Office on Oct. 17 for distribution throughout the county. Anyone who doesn’t receive a ballot by Oct. 24 should call the Clerk’s Office at 541-523-8207, Carpenter said.
All ballots must be returned by 8 p.m. on election day. Postmarks do not count in that case.