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Saugus district seeks approval for bond measure

Los Angeles County Supervisors could authorize school district to move forward on improvements

Posted: June 30, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: June 30, 2014 2:00 a.m.

Eyeing a potential spot on the November election ballot, officials in the Saugus Union School District are seeking approval from Los Angeles County to take a step toward a possible bond measure.An item on Tuesday’s agenda for the Los Angeles County board of Supervisors is to authorize the district to proceed with the formation of a School Facilities Improvement District “within its boundaries for the authorization and issuance of bonds,” according to the agenda.

“Based on the age of school district facilities and the need to upgrade school facilities and capital projects (among other projects) in the remainder of the school district, the school district plans to call and conduct a general obligation bond election pursuant to the provisions of California law in November 2014,” reads a letter sent to the Board of Supervisors from Bowie, Arneson, Wiles & Giannone, a law firm representing the district as bond counsel.

Saugus board President Paul De La Cerda said Thursday that the board is still working through the details of a possible bond measure.“We are anxiously waiting to be able to make that decision,” he said.

One of the reasons the district is looking at a bond measure is because, unlike some other sources of education funding, the state would not be able to take the funding away.

Additional funding from a bond would enable the district to upgrade or repair school campuses and help toward integrating technology in classrooms, officials say.

The last time the Saugus district had a bond measure passed was in 2002, when voters OK’d the $48 million Measure E, which went toward school construction and renovation.

While the exact size of a possible Saugus bond has not yet been determined, the board could consider a bond for as much as $150 million, according to the district’s website.

Four other Santa Clarita Valley school districts have had bond measured approved in the last few years.

The Castaic Union School District won voter approval for Measure QS, a $51 million bond measure, in November 2012.

The Sulphur Springs School District had its bond, the $72 million Measure CK, approved by voters earlier that same year.

The year before that, in 2011, the Newhall School District received approval for Measure E, a $60 million bond measure.

Prior to that, theWilliam S. Hart Union High School District won approval for its $300 million Measure SA bond in 2008.
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