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UPDATE: Saugus district to put bond measure up for a vote

Posted: August 6, 2014 1:53 p.m.
Updated: August 6, 2014 4:12 p.m.

Faced with aging schools and continuing technology needs, members of the Saugus Union School District board have decided to put a $148 million bond measure up for a vote.

District board members voted Tuesday night to authorize a bond election on Nov. 4, according to board President Paul De La Cerda.

“We’ve been assessing our needs now for well over three, four years and thoroughly looking at and utilizing our funds to the best of our ability,” De La Cerda said Wednesday. “As you know, we’ve been faced with seven years of budget challenges from Sacramento.”

A bond could be used for site-specific projects including much-needed repair, upgrade and modernization work at district schools, officials say, as well as at the district’s business office.

In a fact sheet describing the bond, Saugus district officials say many of the district’s schools are aging and that some older schools “are suffering from leaky roofs and failing electrical systems that must be fixed.”

Officials also are looking at improving and upgrading the district’s technological resources, De La Cerda said.

“We’re looking to do what we think is necessary to get us into the 21st century — to provide 21st century resources and facilities to our students,” De La Cerda said.

The Saugus district last passed a bond — Measure E — in 2002. That $48 million bond went toward school construction and renovation.

The William S. Hart Union High School District won approval for its $300 million Measure SA in 2008.

Voters in the Newhall School District passed the $60 million Measure E in 2011, and the next year saw approval for both the $72 million Measure CK for Sulphur Springs School District and the $51 million Measure QS for Castaic Union School District.

De La Cerda said community members have expressed support for the idea of a bond, but that outreach efforts will continue as Election Day approaches.

“A lot of necessary facility improvements have accumulated, and we believe that this is the best way to allow the community to decide how we’re going to fund the facility needs of the schools in our district,” De La Cerda said.
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