WVMCCD Considering Bond Measure

From the Mercury News

SARATOGA, Calif.-- The West Valley-Mission Community College District is considering a $698 million bond measure to upgrade campus sites.

The district’s board of trustees deferred the item at a Jan. 23 meeting but will review the measure again, according to Vice Chancellor Ed Maduli. If voters approve the bond measure, it would be used for building construction and renovations at the district’s community college campuses in Saratoga and Santa Clara.

The board is considering a bond measure for either the June 5 or Nov. 6 election. According to Maduli, board members deferred the item so that district staff could gather information about Santa Clara Unified School District’s potential measure.

“That’s a factor,” Maduli said, adding that the K-12 school district could impact the support for the potential bond measure, as Mission College is located in Santa Clara.

In an October survey, 66 percent of respondents said they’d support a bond measure, Maduli said. A bond measure would need 55 percent of the vote to pass.

“We need the measure to complete the transformation of both campuses’ renovations and infrastructure projects,” Maduli said, adding that plans for such projects would be presented to the board at a later meeting.

He said funds from the district’s 2012 bond measure are close to “finishing.” That year, voters approved Measure C, a $350 million bond measure for facility improvements and technology upgrades in classrooms.

Money from a bond measure could not go toward teacher or administrative salaries, and a citizen oversight committee would be needed to make sure funds are being used appropriately.

According to the chancellor’s report for the Jan. 23 meeting, it would cost the district $350,000 to put the measure on the ballot.

According to the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters, there are seven voting districts with 201,998 registered active voters in the community college district.

West Valley College, located in Saratoga, serves students in the West Valley on a 143-acre campus.