The Mountain View-Los Altos High School District may sponsor a bond measure next year to raise money to make its campuses more environmentally friendly, administrators said at the board meeting last week.
The general obligation bond would pay for $14 million in solar panels at Los Altos and Mountain View high schools and possibly more energy efficient pools. Administrators said the solar panels could save the school $400,000 to $500,000 a year, almost as much as their total energy bill.
The amount of the tax was not disclosed at the meeting, and school administrators did not return calls seeking comment by press time. The district would put the bond on the ballot in June or November 2010, and it would require 55 percent of voter approval to pass. The proposal is for a "no-tax rate-increase" bond, meaning the district could extend the bond but not increase its amount, said Superintendent Barry Groves.
District administrators shared the proposal with board members during their meeting last Monday, and plan to survey the community for additional feedback.