A facilities assessment completed in late October determined that there are still schools in need of renovation, according to TUSD finance adviser Dave Olsen.
Olsen told the trustees at their meeting Tuesday that the assessment was based on safety and accessibility, technology and equity among schools. He said bringing all the district’s schools to the same standard would require $82 million in renovations during the next five to eight years.
The board agreed with the proposal and voted unanimously to put the bond measure request on the June 3 ballot.
Trustee Kelly Lewis said he was in favor of finishing the districtwide renovations.
“I think it’s time again,” he said. “We’ve done what we said we would do (with the other bonds). We’ve still got a lot of schools not there yet.”
He said the new bond would finance work that included renovations to Central, South/West Park, Villalovoz and Jacobson elementary schools.
The two bonds most recently approved by the voters were Measure E, in 2006, for $51 million to renovate Tracy High and complete West High; and Measure S, in 2008, for $43 million to modernize North and Monte Vista Middle schools and update technology throughout the district.
The new measure would require a 55 percent voter approval on June 3, Olsen said. The burden on the average property tax payer would be about $50 per $100,000 of assessed value.
Trustee Greg Silva pointed out that there were needs, wants and desires, and this project should be categorized as a need.
“We’re not going to build the Taj Mahal of schools,” he said. “These are good-quality facilities that are going to educate our children. We’re asking the public to help us pass this bond.”
Superintendent Dr. James Franco also made a plea for the passing of the bond, speaking about what the district had accomplished with the two previous bonds.
“It’s imperative we finish what we started,” he said. “To the community, it’s something to be proud of. It’s time for all of us to come together and work together as a team.”
TUSD spokesman Joel Danoy said the next step was to create a bond steering committee, which would be responsible for identifying how the money would be used if the bond should meet voter approval.
“This is the final round of renovations that the district has been going through,” he said. “It’s real important to get these schools equal to other district schools.”
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