Board to conduct taxpayer survey to value new bond

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Erick Pirayesh, News Editor

The Board of Trustees gave Superintendent-President Dr. Lori Gaskin direction to begin a taxpayer survey to determine community support for a new bond measure during their meeting Thursday, March 14.

The survey will help the board decide when to pursue the bond and how much it’s worth. The bond money would be used to fix deteriorating campus buildings and appear on Proposition 39 in 2014.

“The college is extremely eager to upgrade our facilities,” said Gaskin. “I am looking to the board to recognize our needs and direct me to take the next step.”

The college facilities department has created a Facilities Master Plan to give the college direction on all the construction needs for the next 10 years. According to the plan, there are nearly $300 million of potential facilities projects.

“What we have before us is the wish list,” said trustee Peter Haslund. ”This is what we’d like to have.”

Haslund said if the final bond amount will be lower than the current value, this plan would act as a priority list.

Campus faculty was given a chance to provide feedback through a survey conducted by the facilities department, although no students were polled.

“We were generally in line with what people wanted to see,” said Julie Hendricks, director of facilities and campus development. “But they also had a lot of great suggestions.”

The plan has not been submitted to the Coastal Commission for approval yet.

To view the Facilities Master Plan click here.