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Voter poll on school bond

first_imgLANCASTER – Lancaster School District will hire a company to survey voters by telephone to gauge the likelihood of success if the district proposes a bond measure next spring to help build new schools. The district wants to build two elementary schools and a middle school, and state funds will cover most of the cost but not all of it. “The first thing would be to do a telephone polling of residents to see if it is even feasible,” Assistant Superintendent Howard Sundberg said. District officials are considering putting a $40 million bond on the June 6 ballot. If approved, the assessment would be around $30 per $100,000 assessed value. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 District property owners are already paying $28 a year per $100,000 assessed value on a 1999 district bond measure. The board at Tuesday’s meeting approved hiring Emeryville-based Caldwell Flores Winters at a cost not to exceed $15,000 to conduct the survey. Four hundred registered voters will be polled, a district staff report said. The board is expected to make a final decision by November, Sundberg said before the meeting. The Antelope Valley Union High School District also is pursuing a school construction bond measure for the November 2006 ballot. Lancaster School District has nearly 16,000 pupils, about 200 more than last year, as new housing tracts continue to add more. “The district must build new schools in order to house the growing student population and to complete the much-needed modernization projects to maintain proper and safe conditions at our older facilities,” a district report said. “The district continues to pursue all avenues of available funding. However, the matching funds required by the state to build new schools is not a viable budget option for our district at this time. Therefore, an alternative funding source such as a general obligation bond must be explored,” the report said. The proposed Endeavour Middle School at 45th Street West and Avenue K would cost about $20 million, but the state is funding $15 million. Two elementary schools planned would cost between $12 million to $15 million and the state is funding $10 million for each. If trustees approve pursuing a bond, the district would work under the provisions of Proposition 39. That lowered the voter majority required for approval of school bonds from two-thirds to 55 percent. The $29 million bond measure approved in 1999 has been exhausted by building Amargosa Creek Middle School and Jack Northrop and West Wind elementary schools and in several modernization projects. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 [email protected]!dtpost end! 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more