MVLA trustees consider bond to fund facilities plan

The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees was scheduled Monday to consider approving a resolution to place a General Obligation Facility Bond on the June ballot. If passed, the bond would fund the $295 million Facilities Master Plan the trustees authorized Jan. 22.

The Facilities Master Plan directs the construction of at least 24 classrooms at Los Altos and Mountain View high schools. Each school also would get a new food court, student union and wellness center, as well as new or expanded performing arts spaces and athletic facilities – including an auxiliary gymnasium. In addition, the plan proposes a new Freestyle Academy of Communications Arts & Technology facility to replace the aging portables that house it on the Mountain View campus.

The plan also features an optional $30 million budget for additional classrooms if student enrollment continues to grow in the next decade.

A slight adjustment to the previous iteration of the plan included the addition of 940 square feet to the music building at Los Altos High to provide more practice and storage space, a need voiced by several Los Altos parents at previous board meetings.

The bond would come with an estimated tax rate of $30 per $100,000 assessed property valuation.

If approved by trustees and voters, the bond would have citizen oversight and audits, according to district officials. Proceeds from the sale of the bonds would be used only for construction, reconstruction and replacement of school facilities and would not be applied to teacher and administrator salaries or other operating expenses.

Trustees were scheduled to vote on the bond measure after the Town Crier’s press deadline. Look for more information in next week’s edition.

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