Saturday, April 12, 2014

Where Did the CUSD Bond Money Go?

Has there ever been an accurate accounting of the CUSD bond money? 

...with documented feedback from the Bond Oversight Committee?

If so ... has this information been made public?

Flashback 2007:

School bond fuels construction boom on Calaveras campuses
Those are the first of $22 million in improvements to be built over the next three years on campuses throughout the Calaveras Unified School District.
The district is also simultaneously starting work on a $3 million high-speed telephone and data network that will link most district campuses via microwave transmitters.

Calaveras Unified Construction Boom

The Calaveras Unified School District this month began work on $22 million in new facilities and im-provements to be constructed over the next three years. The projects include:
1. A 500-seat performing arts center at Calaveras High School; $7.5 million
2. Modernization of Toyon Middle School, including a new classroom building; $4.3 million
3. Modernization of Valley Springs Elementary School, including a new library and classrooms; $4.8 million
4. Rebuilding the pool at Calaveras High School; $1.1 million
5. New athletic fields and a track at Toyon Middle School; $2 million
6. Modernization of Rail Road Flat Elementary School; $750,000
7. Modernization of Gold Strike High School; $700,000
8. Playground improvements throughout the district; $1 million
- Source: Calaveras Unified School District
"It feels absolutely great. It makes us feel like we are part of the 21st century," said Calaveras Unified Trustee John Yerman, who represents the Valley Springs area and whose children attended Valley Springs Elementary.
The construction boom was launched by a $13.5 million bond measure district voters approved last year. Valley Springs Elementary students will get a close look at the work when they return to school on July 30, as the pathways they take to classrooms weave past various projects, including the new library.
Calaveras Unified Superintendent Jim Frost said the initial digging at Valley Springs Elementary cut water, sewer and electricity service and that crews are under a strict timetable to make repairs before students return to class.
The biggest project, a $7 million performing arts center at Calaveras High School in San Andreas, will begin construction early next year.
District officials are saving money on the 500-seat performing arts center by using architectural plans drawn for a new performing arts center built at Davis High School in Davis, Frost said. District officials visited the Davis concert hall and made small changes in the plans based on interviews with teachers and administrators there.
Yerman said he was impressed by the beauty and excellent acoustics of the Davis performance hall.
Other major projects include modernizations of a number of schools, new playing fields at Toyon Middle School and rebuilding the pool at Calaveras High School.
Meanwhile, the citizens oversight committee that will monitor the use of the bond money held its first meeting on Monday night, and the district expects soon to sell the bonds that make up much of the financing for the projects, Frost said.
Other money for the new round of construction comes from state matching grants and interest the district earned when funds from an earlier bond measure were deposited at a financial institution.

Record Staff Writer
July 19, 2007 12:22 AM

Contact reporter Dana M. Nichols at (209) 754-9534