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Newhall School District approves plan for Measure E

Posted: August 8, 2012 11:37 a.m.
Updated: August 8, 2012 11:37 a.m.
 

 

Newhall School District officials have unanimously approved a spending plan for the first $20 million of voter-approved, $60 million Measure E.

District officials evaluated the plan at their Tuesday night board meeting.

“We have a tentative plan for all of it, and some of that money will be spent planning,” said district Superintendent Marc Winger. “But it’s very exciting that we will actually have the money to spend.”

Among other plans, district officials hope to give a facelift to the Newhall Auditorium, which was built in 1939. The goal is to modernize the facility into a 350-seat venue.

The district’s next step for the auditorium upgrade is to bid out the process to an architect and a construction management company, which has already been researched, according to Christy Smith, board president for Newhall School District.

“We’ve gone through months of planning in preparation for this,” Smith said. “We started planning as soon as we received voter approval.”

The measure passed Nov. 8, 2011, with voters approving the measure to upgrade technology and equipment, as well as pay off debt, for the 7,000-student elementary school district.

Measure E won with 3,053 votes while 1,553 people, or about 33 percent, voted against the measure.

There will be upgrades at all 10 campuses, Winger said.

“We promised the voters that we’d spent a lot of this money into upgrading and keeping up with technology,” he said.

Paying off a the school’s debt is another big boon the money will provide, which will free up general fund spending for operations and also-needed improvements the district needed, but otherwise could ill afford, Winger said.

An oversight committee will get its first chance to comment on the district’s spending plan at the board’s Sept. 22 meeting, Smith said.

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