Mountain View Voice

News - August 13, 2010

Help keep an eye on $41 million in school bonds

by Nick Veronin

Anyone who is "interested in ensuring that the district is allocating their Measure A dollars to appropriate projects" should apply to a new oversight committee, said Barry Groves, superintendent of the Mountain View Los Altos High School district.

The committee is tasked with keeping tabs on the $41.3 million bond that voters passed in June.

The bond, which passed June 8, extends the older Measure D — set to expire in 2024 — by six years. According to Groves, the money will be used to build about 15 new classrooms and labs, install solar panels and revamp ventilation systems at both Mountain View and Los Altos high schools. All of that is needed to accommodate anticipated enrollment growth of about 25 percent over the next 10 years, Groves said.

The district will take on the construction of solar panels first, Joe White, associate superintendent of business services, told the district's trustees at their August 9 meeting. He said contractors will likely begin solar panel installation in November and finish by the end of March 2011.

The bond oversight committee will be charged with evaluating how the estimated $41.3 million in bond money is used. The committee will review all expenditures to make sure they are only being spent on designated Measure A projects, report their findings to the public and make annual presentations on the progress of Measure A projects to the district's board of trustees.

The committee is to be composed of at least seven members, each representing disparate interests within the community. The district board is seeking parents of children in the district, P.T.A. members, representatives of local business, active members of senior citizens' organizations, active members of a "bona-fide taxpayers' association," and community members at-large.

Groves said the district hopes to begin installing solar panels and planning new classrooms this year.

Measure A funds also will pay for a new pool at Mountain View High School. Groves said the current pool has been at the high school since it was built. "It leaks," Groves said, adding that it is not regulation size for aquatic sports.

White said the district plans to begin construction of the pool in the third week of May 2011.

For an oversight committee application, go to the district website at www.mvla.net or call the district at 940-4650. Applications are due Sept. 17.

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