STOCKTON — San Joaquin Delta College trustees are expected
to approve a final spending plan for what’s left of the $250 million bond at
their meeting tonight.
Board members discussed the eight-point spending plan for the $68.8 million
during a workshop Monday in the lobby of the Goleman Library on the Delta
campus. A group of administrators dubbed the "bond team" drafted the
spending plan, which sends the majority of Measure L funds down to Mountain
Headed by Lee Belarmino, vice president of Information Services, the team
recommended that the board approve a $49.3 million plan for the Mountain House
campus project. The proposed campus would replace a cluster of temporary
buildings next to
The new building would be 54,731 square feet, with 35,575 square feet for
classrooms, a cafe and administration rooms, completed in August 2012.
Those plans are about 40 percent smaller than the plans for original building,
which was to be 89,000 square feet.
"My only concern is we keep picking away at the money for Mountain House
when this board has said over and over again it is our first priority,"
said trustee Greg McCreary, who represents
The board could choose to build a Mountain House campus that
would only be about 10 percent smaller than originally planned. However that
option would cost $66.1 million, using up nearly all the remaining Measure L
With the recommended plan, the school may spend $2.8 million for land in the
"We feel we have an obligation to
In June of 2007, the college had earmarked $15 million to pay for the
parcel didn't pan out, although it cost the school $4 million in option
payments and consultant fees.
"I think the board made a big mistake when we purchased that option in the
first place," said Trustee Ted Simas, who represents the
The board of trustees will meet at 6:30 p.m. today in the board room in the