Bass Lake for sale?
The El Dorado Irrigation District could sell Bass Lake and approximately 141 acres surrounding it to the Rescue Union School District for a future school site, according to the Bass Lake Action Committee.
“The EID Board declared Bass Lake and the parcel of land in question surplus last year,” said John Thomson, president of BLAC. “EID officials explained then that Bass Lake, formerly used to store recycled water, was no longer viable for doing so. EID then solicited bids for the property.”
... When reached by phone, district Board of Trustees President Suzanna George said, “The Rescue Union School District is currently experiencing declining enrollment and not building any new schools at this time. However, the board does want our district to be positioned for future growth. Opportunities for potential future school sites are discussed in closed session at our regular monthly board meetings under real property negotiations.”
When asked why the district would consider building a new school site in the wake of a slashed education budget and declining enrollment, Superintendent David Swart said the district receives federal or state funding that can only be spent on specific programs and can’t be transferred to other funds for other uses.
“There is categorical money that can only be used for school acquisition. It is not general fund money,” he explained...