Eastvale: Bond Initiatives Construction in Full Swing

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ERHS is just one of the many schools in the CNUSD that will benefit from 2 voter-approved bond initiatives.

Staff Reports

Corona, Norco, Eastvale – Measure U (voted on and passed in 2006) and Measure GG (voted on and passed in 2014), are bond initiatives that are building and improving school facilities in Corona, Norco, and Eastvale. Residents are currently paying on both bonds, which are included in their property taxes.

In November 2006 the voters of the Corona-Norco Unified School District (CNUSD) approved Measure U, another $250 million general obligation bond for the construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, or replacement of school facilities at CNUSD. In accordance with State law, Citizens’ Oversight Committee was formed to monitor the projects and expenditures of revenue received from Measure U.

In November 2014 the voters of the Corona-Norco Unified School District (CNUSD) approved another initiative, Measure GG, adding $396 million general obligation bond for the construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, or replacement of school facilities at CNUSD. In accordance with State law, a Citizens’ Oversight Committee was formed to monitor the projects and expenditures of revenue received from Measure GG.

“All money raised within city areas will be distributed equitably between Corona, Norco and Eastvale schools. Funds cannot be taken away by the State or used for District administration or employee salaries,” said Superintendent Dr. Michael Lin in a written statement.

On August 5, the Board of Education unanimously voted to place Measure GG, a $396 million bond measure, on the November 4, 2014 ballot to address the needs of the schools in the district. The measure will cost property owners in the District around $24 per $100,000 of assessed valuation (not market) annually. Measure GG is Providing labs and classrooms for career technical education, Update instructional technology in the classroom for improved student learning , Upgrade classrooms, libraries, science labs and computer systems to keep pace with technology and rising academic standards, Improve student safety and security, including security lighting, fencing, smoke detectors, fire alarms and sprinklers, Ensure that all teachers are adequately trained in the use of modern instructional technologies, Repair or replace deteriorated roofs, floors and plumbing and remove hazardous materials in older schools, and Reduce classroom overcrowding by providing new classrooms and facilities

The following schools were allotted money from Measure GG:

Adams ES $ 121,670.00 (Technology), Anthony 59,284.00 (Technology), Barton ES 144,410.00 (Shade Shelter), Chavez 9,050.00 (Technology ), Coronita ES 8,446,033.00 (Multi-Purpose Building), Garretson ES 1,551,377.00 (Relos and Parking Lot), Eisenhower ES 902,884.00 (Relos), Franklin 109,534.00 (Technology), Foothill 37,692.00 (Technology),  Jefferson ES 692,941.00 (Classroom Remodels), Home Gardens ES 40,227,543.00, New School Lincoln ES 4,867,361.00 (Relos and Bathrooms), Mckinley 3,565.00 (Technology), Norco ES 69,869.00 (Bathrooms), Orange ES 143,435.00 (Relos), Parkridge ES 10,473,141.00 (Classrooms), Parks ES 5,000,000.00, New School Prado View 133,391.00 (Technology), Riverview 78,172.00 (Fencing), Sierra Vista 17,027.00 (Technology), Stallings ES 15,483.00 (Technology), VanderMolen ES 10,000,000.00, New School Vicentia ES 10,488,249.00 (Multi-Purpose Building), Washington ES 117,224.00 (Technology), Wilson 70,669.00 (Technology), Auburndale IS 51,246.00 (Technology), Corona Fund 49,023.00 (Technology), Norco IS 609,526.00 (Shade Shelter/Classrooms), Raney IS 403,875.00 (Shade Shelter/Classrooms), Lee Pollard High School 767,324.00 (Activity Field), Orange Grove HS/Adult Ed 192,328.00 (Classrooms ), Centennial HS 46,917,457.00 (Performing Arts, Classrooms, Track & Field, Gymnasium ), Corona HS 27,550,545.00 (Stadium & Field, Acquatic Center), Norco HS 44,995,987.00 (Performing Arts, Classrooms, Track & Field, Acquatic Center ), Rancho Serrano HS 6,035,174.00 (Land Purchase ), Roosevelt 202,211.00 (HVAC Upgrade), Roosevelt 67,520,000.00 (High School ), Santiago HS 10,736,999.00 (Stadium & Field, Classrooms), Victress Bowers 19,876.00 Technology IT Infrastructure 2,970,344.00, Legal Expenses 120,582.00, Refurbish Relos 396,606.00

TOTAL EXPENSES PROJECTED PER DISTRICT WEBSITE: $ 303,319,107.00

“Our classrooms, computer labs and science labs require upgrades and repairs to ensure that students who plan to go to college are prepared to succeed, and those who don’t plan to go to college receive the career training they need to compete for good paying jobs,” added Dr. Lin in the statement. “Additionally, upgrades and repairs are needed to ensure classrooms and facilities are secure, meet current safety standards and address the issue of overcrowding. “

A Citizens’ Oversight Committee and annual independent audits would ensure funds are spent consistent with a voter-approved project list. Community members would receive regular updates regarding bond projects. For more information on Measure GG visit http://www.cnusd.k12.ca.us

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