The June Beetle is at it again as the discovery that the Scotts Valley Middle School location could be a habitat for the endangered species will cause a delay of the construction/reconstruction/refreshment of the middle school for at least a year. ... See MoreSee Less
SCOTTS VALLEY >> The discovery that the Scotts Valley Middle School campus is potential habitat for the endangered Mount Hermon June beetle will delay reconstruction of the 74-year-old facility by at ...
Lisa SibleyI voted for my last bond measure in Scotts Valley. Ever! This is a big joke being played out on the students and families of our community. The environmental impact of a nasty dilapidated school is far greater than a "potential" bug habitat. What a waste of time and tax payer money.
6 hours ago · 19
Wade LeishmanRidiculous! They don't have the money to finish the "refresh" project anyhow....maybe they can do some car washes and bake sales to raise the rest of the $ in that extra year. I'm so done following this project and really disappointed with how this whole thing has been handled.
6 hours ago · 12
Kimberly HudsonI feel like this is just a ridiculous stall tactic because they can't get it together enough to get the ball rolling on construction. Very frustrating!
6 hours ago · 4
Alison DeaneProtect the bugs and let kids learn in a falling down building :-(.
Darci Arstill MorrisThere's been a school on that property for YEARS and the beetle is doing just fine. 🐞 for peets sake when I was in middle school we gassed beetles to death and put them in our science bug collections.
6 hours ago · 7
Gina DallimoreBeyond frustrated. So let me get this straight a "bug colony" that could be affected by rebuilding/refreshing a sturdy safe school is more important then oh I don't know maybe a storm or earthquake possibly making the whole dam school fall and injure and kill students and staff????
Let's all just try to wrap our heads around that thought for a moment 😬😬😬😬😬😬😬😬😬😬😬
Tiffany MercerI can respect an endangered species, I really can (even if it is a beetle), but it's hard for me to have empathy, sympathy, or any more patience when we are talking about lives of actual people. If red tape gets in the way of this, if the permit (or whatever it is) is not fast-tracked somehow, then WAY MORE than some beetles will suffer. Crush the beetles, not the children please?
6 hours ago · 5
Krista Ragan FennI'm sorry, it is a stinking bug!! The kids should take priority over an insect. I agree it is just another stall tactic...ridiculous and so frustrating 😡😡
6 hours ago · 4
Wayne GrowThis is turning into a joke!!!! However, I have a child attending SVMS, and none of us are laughing... This is beyond ridiculous.
6 hours ago · 9
Stephen DixIt's a pest. By sheer numbers it can't possibly be endangered. When we renewed our landscaping we had to pay a token amount for a "waiver" which was granted immediately. It's payola.
6 hours ago · 4
Melissa EastmanShouldn't a survey of the land and creature habitat been done prior to any approval of construction?
5 hours ago · 5
Melissa EastmanWhat about the 20+ acres the High School is sitting on that was originally purchased for a new middle school?!?
Cj ParkeAnd before that Melissa it (the land on Glenwood) was slated for a golf course but the red legged frogs, beetles and spineflower vine won out and the bugs etc. and are still holding us ransom on portions of lower Glenwood. Something is quite wrong with this picture!
5 hours ago
Alyson Ledet MooreWelcome to California, Cj! Honestly, I feel completely duped by Measure A. It's something I rallied for. At first, it was the news that we wouldn't be getting a new middle school but just remodeling the old one. Now, it being pushed back a year because of a beetle. Meanwhile, our bond money, what little of it we have in comparison to what we actually needed for a school that we were promised, is going to surveyors who get paid $200/hr. I'm over it.
5 hours ago · 8
Jeanie WilsonThis is ridiculousl! Children are more important than a stupid June beetle bug! The environmentalist are at it again!