In February, the Central Valley School District will ask the voters to approve a bond for the construction of a new middle school, the modernization and/or expansion of five schools and some minor projects. This bond is the culmination of 15 months of work by a capital facilities planning committee composed of parents (including myself) and Central Valley School District staff members. Indeed, the committee actually came up with a 25-year plan for capital projects, and the bond in February is the first step toward implementing that plan.
During my time on the committee I learned that our facilities are in worse condition than they may appear. The committee toured most of the school buildings (except those which have been relatively recently constructed or remodeled), heard presentations by the principals, reviewed a study and survey of the infrastructure of each building, reviewed enrollment trends and considered information concerning tax rates and structure. We then prioritized projects based on need and cost.
I urge all voters to carefully review the 25-year plan and approve the upcoming bond. Information about the plan can be found on the district website (www.cvsd.org) or by calling the district office at (509) 228-5400.