MPUSD considering 2018 bond – California News

MPUSD considering 2018 bond – California News



MONTEREY >> Less than 10 years after Monterey Peninsula residents were asked to finance a K-12 school bond, local school officials are weighing the possibility of another.

Members of the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District facility advisory committee will be discussing on Wednesday the recent approval of a $50,000 contract with TBWB Strategies and EMC Research to survey area households about a possible bond in 2018. Facility advisory members will review a draft community survey and also discuss infrastructure needs in the district at their meeting on Wednesday.

It’s a process that began a few months ago with discussions about improvements needed in the district, officials said.

“The board on several occasions said ‘we need to look at the possibility of a bond,’” said Brett McFadden, the district’s chief business officer. “We did some initial analysis, went back to the board and said ‘this is what it would entail.’”

Voters approved a $110 million bond measure in 2010, which has been used for extensive repairs and upgrades throughout the district. All funds have been spent except for $24 million, which have been committed for upgrades at Marina High and Seaside High.

In December, the board approved $14 million for upgrades at Marina High, including a gym capable of seating 600. The remaining $10 million will be used to modernize Seaside High. District administrators are expecting the funds to be fully expended within the next 18 months, McFadden said.

“We’re in the final stages of (the gym) design, but we need to submit those to the state for approval,” McFadden said. “Our hope is that by…

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