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Saugus district seeks input on potential bond measure

Posted: December 24, 2013 10:53 a.m.
Updated: December 24, 2013 10:53 a.m.

SANTA CLARITA - The Saugus Union School District has launched a survey to collect community feedback for a possible future bond measure, according to officials.

The survey, available now online through the district’s website, is meant to collect information on what people believe should be education priorities and what the needs are at schools throughout the Santa Clarita Valley elementary school district.

Some of the schools in the district were built decades ago and have become outdated. Some older schools even have “leaky roofs and failing electrical systems that must be fixed,” according to a fact sheet on the district’s website.

“Yes, we do have aging schools and we have sites that are aged more than others,” said Saugus board President Paul De La Cerda. “So it’s really important that our children have equal school access and equal access to technology and facilities.”

De La Cerda said the district is keen on collecting feedback about what district residents believe needs to be done at school sites.

“We need to look at what the priorities are in the eyes of the community and the eyes of the parents and the eyes of the teachers,” he said.

The Saugus district also passed a bond in 2002, when voters overwhelmingly supported Measure E, a $48 million bond that went toward school construction and renovation.

While the Saugus district board has yet to make a final determination on the size of a new bond, it could be far larger than the last one. Saugus board members are considering a bond for up to $150 million, according to the district’s website.

Should the Saugus district move forward with a bond measure, it would be the latest in a string of local school districts to do so in recent years.

Most recently, the Castaic Union School District won voter approval for Measure QS, a $51 million bond measure, in November 2012.

Earlier that same year voters approved Measure CK, a $72 million bond measure for the Sulphur Springs School District.

In 2011, the Newhall School District received approval for Measure E, a $60 million bond measure.

The William S. Hart Union High School District won approval for its $300 million Measure SA bond in 2008.

Recently, school districts have used portions of their bond funding to upgrade campus technology, including adding SMART Boards — basically electronic white boards — to classrooms.

Technology is a large part of the Common Core State Standards, a set of measurements and instruction goals  that emphasize critical thinking and real-world application of classroom teachings.

“We need to make sure that all of our elementary schools, our classrooms, our science labs and all our facilities are upgraded to support the technology needed to support 21st-century learning,” De La Cerda said.

To take the community survey, visit
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