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Measure V has shown clear effects

Six projects at Hart district’s schools should be finished by December 2010

Posted: October 11, 2009 8:26 p.m.
Updated: October 12, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
Nearly 10 years after voters approved Measure V – the $158 million schools modernization and construction bond of 2001 – Hart district officials expect to check the last item off the list of projects it funded.

“It’s good news and it’s good progress,” William S. Hart Union High School District board President Steve Sturgeon said last week after members received an update on the measure.

Six projects at a handful of the district’s junior high and high schools should be done by December 2010, they were told.

The money has earned nearly $16 million in interest over the last seven years, making almost $174 million available, Hart district officials said.

Among the bigger projects still unfinished is $27 million to go toward the modernization of Hart High School. That project will update 70 percent of the school’s classroom space and will renovate the science building.

Another $13 million is going toward the modernization of Sierra Vista Junior High School. Both projects are expected to be finished by December 2010, marking the end of all Measure V funds.

Placerita Junior High School is finishing up a $9.3 million modernization project that transformed and updated classrooms with new technology and improved the gym and administration offices.

The $5 million theater improvements at Golden Valley and West Ranch high schools should be completed this month.

In a few more months, Academy of the Canyons’ new home at the Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook University Center on College of the Canyons’ Valencia campus will be furnished and finished.

Even though the Hart district is currently building in a favorable-bid climate, Rob Gapper, chief operations officer, isn’t sure whether any Measure V money will be left over.

“It depends on the projects that are currently under way,” he said Friday. “It also depends on how much state money we’re able to get.”

The Hart district is supposed to receive $2.5 million in state matching funds for the Academy of the Canyons campus at the University Center. But, Gapper said, “We have not seen any of that money.”

The district is also waiting on state money for modernization projects at Sierra Vista junior high and Hart high schools, he said.

Aside from the half-a-dozen projects that remain, the effects of Measure V are already visible at schools like Canyon and Saugus high schools, where modernization and renovation projects have already been completed.

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