Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Created: 09/14/2012 05:28:16 PM PDT

ONTARIO – If there’s one thing a high school community understands, it’s pep rallies.

Cheerleaders and mascots for the Chaffey Joint Union High School District’s 12 high schools on Thursday night marched down the aisles at Hill Auditorium to energize advocates for its $848 million bond that is on the Nov. 6 ballot.

“1, 2, 3, yes on P!” chanted the cheerleaders, who were accompanied the thunder of a high school drumline.

If approved, district residents would pay an additional $19 annually per $100,000 of assessed value on their property tax bills.

The new tax would apply to property owners in Montclair, Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga and some parts of Chino, Fontana, Mt. Baldy and Upland.

“It’s going to be much more difficult for our county to move out of the recession because of the education level (of residents),” Superintendent Mat Holton told attendees.

“We want to change that.”

Measure P funds would be used to improve classrooms and campuses.

The 101-year-old district includes schools that need leaking roofs fixed, asbestos removed as well as heating, plumbing and air conditioning repairs.

The money will also pay to build stadiums on campuses without them and for safety improvements at older schools.

“Let’s get rid of those portable classrooms,” Holton said. “It doesn’t matter what school; every single classroom will be improved.”

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