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Measure V projects near completion

New classrooms, libraries and gyms provided for SCV schools

Posted: March 2, 2009 12:28 a.m.
Updated: March 2, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Students enjoy the new covered lunch area and amphitheater at Arroyo Seco Junior High School. The projects were funded by Measure V.

 

The Hart district has five modernization projects worth $50 million still on its Measure V list to complete.

When finished, the projects will provide new classrooms, libraries and gyms to Santa Clarita Valley junior high and high schools.

Modernization at Placerita Junior High School is about 80 percent complete, said Rob Gapper, chief operations officer for the William S. Hart Union High School District.

"That project will be done in August," he said.

Hart High School's modernization began with the science building in 2008.

"Most of the work will take place during the summer. We think it will be a two-year project," Gapper said.

Sierra Vista Junior High School's modernization should begin this summer and be ready by August 2010, he said.

Santa Clarita voters approved the $158 million Measure V bond in 2001 for modernization projects including new classrooms, libraries, gyms and restrooms.

Measure V money has modernized Saugus and Canyon high schools and Arroyo Seco Junior High School.

Arroyo Seco's modernization took 4 1/2 years to complete and involved classroom modifications, a new gym, science labs and a library.

The project was finished in 2007.

"(It) brought everything up to the 21st century," said Rhondi Durand, Arroyo Seco principal.

The school has new wiring and technology services for students, along with landscaping that provides better drainage.

"We had a terrible problem in the past with rain and drainage and big puddles," she said.

The school has a new kitchen, which allows cafeteria workers to prepare food at the site.

"I think not only does it affect student achievement because of technology, there's the morale factor. Students are very proud of the campus," she said.

The Hart district recently received a stellar audit for its Measure V bond funds spending.

"It says that for that particular fiscal year, all of the money was spent on approved projects that the voters had approved and that none of the money was spent on salaries for employees of the Hart district," Gapper said.

There were no recommendations for improvement, and the auditor noted that all recommendations from previous audits have been implemented.

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