The first of the three passed by the voters was Measure E, a $51 million bond measure approved in 2006 to make improvements to Tracy and West high schools. It was followed in 2008 by Measure S, for $43.1 million to improve district elementary and middle schools, and most recently by Measure B, for $82 million, passed by voters in June’s primary election.
Bonny Carter, the director of facilities and planning, told trustees that the Measure E projects completed during the summer included improvements to the Tracy High School agriculture building and the Emma Baumgardner Theater at Tracy High.
With a Measure E balance of about $3 million, Carter recommended that the district consider buying out the city of Tracy’s interests in the West High School pool. She said that would enable the district to return the pool’s primary use back to the students for a cost of $1.4 million.
With full control of the pool, she said, the district could increase the charge to use the facility to $175 per hour. She recommended taking three years to phase in the higher fee so users could get accustomed to the increase from the present cost of $36 per hour.
Trustee Kelly Lewis said he agreed with the proposed buyout, because some school groups were having difficulty getting pool time, such as the water polo team at West.
The pool proposal is slated for a vote at the Aug. 26 school board meeting.
Under Measure S, Carter said the district was moving ahead with improvements to South/West Park Elementary School that include adding a two-story building for offices, 17 classrooms and two computer labs.
She said the district had submitted the plans to the Division of the State Architect, which supervises school construction, and had scheduled renovations for the summer of 2015.
Using money from Measure B, the district is planning improvements to Central School, North School and Tracy Learning Center, a group of three charter schools that occupies the former Clover Middle School campus, which the district still owns.
Carter said that the board needed to certify the election results for Measure B’s approval, establish a bond oversight committee, select architects and choose a construction manager.
The board voted unanimously to approve Concord-based RGM & Associates for construction management and hire WLC Architects in Berkeley for the Central School project and Rainforth Grau Architects of Sacramento for the Clover and North projects.
The trustees also unanimously approved housing students displaced by construction in 20 unused classrooms at the Institute for Global Commerce and Government next to West High. Carter told the board it could save about $1 million per school by doing so. The trustees agreed it would be cheaper to move the children to an existing facility, rather than temporary site.
Lewis asked Carter if it was her team’s goal to perform construction on all the schools simultaneously, and she said it was, but there were no guarantees.
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