Measure H Update
District Moving Forward with Bond-Funded Projects
The Alta Loma School District has nearly $15 million in projects currently underway or already completed as a result of funding generated directly from the 2016 Measure H general obligation bond, according to a December report by an independent citizens bond oversight committee.
The $58 million bond initiative will improve educational facilities, instructional technology and infrastructure throughout the district. The funding is being distributed among all 10 ALSD schools for renovations, construction, infrastructure, technology and safety.
Total expenditures, combined with purchase orders issued through mid-December, total nearly $15 million, spread almost equally among the district and each campus.
To date, the district has completed several bond-funded projects at all ALSD sites, including the installation of a new robust wireless network, a keyless locking system to improve security, a voice-over internet protocol phone system and new playground equipment. Construction is underway on an 11,500-square-foot permanent classroom building at Deer Canyon Elementary School.
“The fact that we’ve been able to accomplish so much this quickly is extraordinary,” said ALSD Superintendent James Moore. “Our focus so far has been on projects that are spread over all schools and were not projects that required state approval from the Division of the State Architect.”
Designs for renovation and modernization projects throughout the district have since been submitted to DSA and will be scheduled as funding is available during the term of the bond. The ALSD Board of Trustees on Jan. 16 approved modernization and renovation projects at Alta Loma Junior High and Vineyard Junior High to move forward and will soon go out for bid. The board also approved staff to move forward with bid requests for air conditioning and a lunch shade structure project at Victoria Groves Elementary School, additional modernization at Deer Canyon and new distributed sound systems and instructional projectors at all schools. Those projects are scheduled to begin later this year.
The Alta Loma School District is in the queue for additional state bond funding from the November 2016 passage of California Prop. 51. ALSD is eligible for approximately $21 million in additional matching funds from the statewide bond measure. Gov. Gavin Newsome has indicated the state will soon begin selling bonds, but the priority project funding order has not yet been established.
“Once California starts issuing state bond money and when our district is selected, we’ll be able to do even more,” Moore said.
The ALSD citizens bond oversight committee report can be viewed at http://bit.ly/2MaxM3a.