first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventOfficials stress that before any decision can be made about placing a bond measure on the ballot, they need to do their homework and decide if it’s worth it. Last month, a Glendale Unified School District advisory bond committee reported that the district has nearly $269 million in unmet construction and modernization needs. They include: Rebuilding Columbus Elementary School. Renovating and modernizing cafeterias and kitchens. Modernizing class buildings at Clark Magnet High. GLENDALE – Needing $269 million for school construction projects, Glendale Unified officials are quietly considering another bond measure for when Measure K funds run out. Voters gave the district $186 million in 1997 by approving the measure. But those funds – and another $166 million the district has received from the state and other sources – will run out within three years. School officials maintain they haven’t wasted the $352 million the district has spent or is spending on school construction. But they say more is needed. “We never set out to build a Mercedes. We set out to build a Chevy, and we built a good Chevy,” said Stephen Hodgson, chief business and financial officer. “But we have work that continues to need to be done.” Upgrading the main classroom building and auditorium at Crescenta Valley High. District officials said they leveled with the public in 1997 and made it clear Measure K wouldn’t fund all needs. And they want to survey residents before they make any decisions on a second bond. They also said the Measure K money was well-spent and the district learned how to tackle projects. “That’s one of the arguments for going forward now with the bond is you have the momentum built up,” school board member Pam Ellis said. “And you have the capacity now with the district for going forward with building projects.” GUSD’s biggest Measure K project was a $45 million renovation of Crescenta Valley High. It also spent $26 million on a joint project with the city to renovate Edison Elementary School and put a branch library and other services there. [email protected] (818) 546-3304160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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