[Sign Up Now] to Receive Our FREE Daily SCVTV-SCVNews Digest by E-Mail

Inside
Weather
Santa Clarita CA
Sunny
Sunny
93°F
 
Calendar
Today in
S.C.V. History
July 7
1919 - Mike Shuman, Placerita Junior High School principal, born in Fitchburg, Mass. [story]


A voter-approved state bond measure is paying half the cost of a new elementary school in the Santa Clarita Valley and modernizing an older middle school.

California might be going broke, but the State Allocation Board announced the distribution of nearly $1 billion Wednesday for school construction and modernization projects. Included on the list is $4.26 million for the construction of a new school on the Emblem Elementary campus in the Saugus Union School District and $5.2 million for the modernization of Sierra Vista Junior High in the Hart School District.

Funding for 377 approved projects across California comes from four different state bond measures. Both SCV projects are funded through Proposition 1D, a general obligation bond measure approved by California voters in 2006, said Rebecca Kirk of the state Office of Public School Construction.

Not all school districts were as lucky Wednesday as those in Santa Clarita. Requests for money totaled $1.318 billion, but bond proceeds and cash on hand covered just $924 million.

“Our schools and California’s budget are in a state of financial emergency,” Tom Torlakson, state superintendent of public instruction, said in a statement. “These funds will give districts some of the resources they need to construct or rebuild our schools, create jobs in the community to help the state’s economic recovery, and provide students with more modern facilities that advance their academic achievement.”

The awards to the Hart and Saugus district represent matching funds. Hart is matched 60-40, with 60 percent of the $8.7 million project cost coming from the state and 40 percent from the local, SCV voter-approved Measure SA.

Saugus is matched 50-50, with the other 50 percent coming from a community facilities district funded by homeowners in the Newhall Land and Farming Co.’s River Village community.

The state attached strings to its matching funds.

“The districts must meet fund release requirements within 90 days,” Kirk said, meaning they must “have the local matching share available and have at least half of the project’s construction contracts in place.”

That shouldn’tt be a problem for either the Hart or Saugus school districts.

“(Emblem) has been under construction for about 13 months,” Saugus Superintendent Joan Lucid said.

The project entails the construction of a brand-new, 2-story school on the older Emblem campus, where the original school building has already been completely overhauled. The campus has been closed during the past few years of construction.

The new, second school at the Emblem site was expected to be finished sooner.

“We anticipated that the River Village area would be built out very quickly,” Lucid said, but “there is still a lot of open space. The developer has slowed down.”

She said the district thinks the school will be ready in late September or early October, but she couldn’t yet say whether it would open for the 2012-13 school year.

At Sierra Vista Junior High, the state funding reimburses part of the money the Hart District has already spent on the first phase of modernization, according to Sue Hoerber, the district’s chief financial officer.

The first phase is complete and a second phase of modernization will soon start, thanks to the passage of the local Measure SA bond, district spokeswoman Gail Pinsker said.

Sierra Vista will see a renovation of the entire campus, including all classroom spaces and restroom areas.

The Hart and Saugus districts were the only SCV school districts to request project funding, according to a report from the State Allocation Board – whose members include Torlakson as well as the state finance director, the general services director, an appointee of the governor, three assembly members and three state senators – including local Sen. Sharon Runner, who is still recuperating at home after a serious sporting accident.

Comment On This Story
COMMENT POLICY: We welcome comments from individuals and businesses. All comments are moderated. Comments are subject to rejection if they are vulgar, combative, or in poor taste.
REAL NAMES ONLY: All posters must use their real individual or business name. This applies equally to Twitter account holders who use a nickname.

0 Comments

You can be the first one to leave a comment.

Leave a Comment


LOCAL SCHOOL LINKS
Related Content
LATEST SCHOOL NEWS
Friday, Jul 3, 2020
A music teacher who taught in schools throughout Southern California, including Santa Clarita, pleaded guilty to one federal count of producing child pornography and six state counts of lewd acts with a child under the age of 14.
Wednesday, Jul 1, 2020
Most of the Santa Clarita Valley school districts are working on a “blended” learning model for the coming school year, meaning there will be options for students to spend some days on campus and other days distance learning, officials said Tuesday.
Tuesday, Jun 30, 2020
SACRAMENTO — State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond is reaching out to more than 100 of California’s top private industry partners, businesses, and donors with a new call to action: contribute to a $500 million initiative that would provide computing and connectivity devices to all of California’s public school students in need.
Monday, Jun 29, 2020
WiSH’s first SCV Virtual Talent Show was an overwhelming success, with 57 submissions incorporated in mid-June's inaugural airing and many requests to make it an annual event, which WiSH confirms it has plans to do.
Monday, Jun 29, 2020
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond has outlined two upcoming efforts the California Department of Education will lead in the coming weeks as schools tackle questions surrounding school police, educational equity and racial justice.

Latest Additions to SCVNews.com
A lone medallion – a sleek, black circle adorned with the city of Santa Clarita logo in gold – lies in hiding, waiting to be found by a lucky person in one of the City’s 35 parks.
Residents Invited to City’s Medallion Hunt
The fast-spreading brush fire that burned nearly 1,498 acres in Agua Dulce reached 68% containment by Tuesday morning, with firefighters still in the area scouting for potential flare-ups, according to Los Angeles County Fire Department officials.
Soledad Fire at 68% Containment, Firefighters Monitoring Hot Spots
1919 - Mike Shuman, Placerita Junior High School principal, born in Fitchburg, Mass. [story]
The city of Santa Clarita's Film Office has reported three productions now shooting in the Santa Clarita Valley:
Now Shooting in SCV: ‘Eden’ TV Show, 2 Still Photoshoots
Another resident of the city of Santa Clarita has died due to COVID-19, the city's 26th fatality and the 33rd in the Santa Clarita Valley to date, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
Monday COVID-19 Roundup: 33rd SCV Resident Dies; New Cases Surge in 18-40 Demo
Air quality will be unhealthy for sensitive groups and individuals in the Santa Clarita Valley on Tuesday, July 7, according to the latest South Coast Air Quality Management District forecast.
Tuesday SCV Air Quality: Unhealthy for Sensitive People
After breaking a daily coronavirus testing record over the July 4 holiday weekend, California Governor Gavin Newsom on Monday said hospitalizations remain alarmingly high as COVID-19 continues to spread throughout the state’s largest counties.
Newsom Reports Spike in California COVID Hospitalizations, Patients in ICU
Caltrans is adopting a set of new, high-priority actions to improve access to walking, bicycling and transit options throughout California.
Caltrans Adopts Action Plan to Increase Walking, Bicycling Statewide
A brush fire dubbed the Soledad Fire burned more than 1,000 acres and shut down Highway 14 Sunday, and as of 9 a.m. Monday was 30% contained, according to Los Angeles County Fire Chief Deputy David R. Richardson Jr.
Soledad Fire in Agua Dulce Burns 1,500 Acres, 48% Contained
Smoke from the Soledad Fire burning near Agua Dulce has caused unhealthy air quality in the Santa Clarita Valley and the San Gabriel Mountains, sparking a smoke advisory from Los Angeles County Public Health officials.
Soledad Fire Prompts Smoke Advisory for SCV, Local Mountains
As firefighters worked through the night battling the Soledad Fire in Agua Dulce, a second blaze, named the Cambria Fire, was reported Monday morning in nearby Placerita Canyon.
Cambria Fire Scorches 5 Acres in Placerita Canyon
The city of Santa Clarita has canceled the 2020 Concerts in the Park series due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and in accordance with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s Safer at Home order.
Santa Clarita Cancels Concerts in the Park Summer Series
After improving the data processing systems, which resulted in no data being reported since Thursday, July 2, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health on Sunday reported an increase of 7,232 new cases for Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
L.A. County Reports 7,232 New COVID-19 Cases After 3 Days of Data Upgrades
1850 - Town founder Henry Mayo Newhall arrives in California to look for gold [story]
Henry Newhall
1914 - Rev. Wolcott H. Evans, the future "pastor of the disaster," named pastor of Newhall's First Presbyterian Church [story]
church
1932 - Robert Poore wins the greased pole climbing contest and $2.50 at Newhall's July 4th celebration [story]
4th of July Parade
Park officials have announced Los Angeles County regional parks and natural areas, which include William S. Hart Park, Placerita Nature Center and Vasquez Rocks, will now be closed Mondays and Tuesdays due to staffing reductions.
SCV Regional Parks, Natural Areas Reduce Operating Hours
As the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health suspends daily reports until Monday, the California Department of Public Health on Friday confirmed a total of 248,235 cases statewide as of July 2 (up from 5,688 from July 1 and another 2,352 results received), with 6,263 deaths (up 100 from July 1) from the disease.
Friday COVID-19 Roundup: Cases, Hospitalizations, Deaths Rise Statewide
The Old Town Newhall Library will exhibit works by Santa Clarita artists created during "The Quarantine Art Challenge" from July 14 to October 9.
‘Quarantine Art Challenge’ Exhibit to Open at Newhall Library July 14
The Committee for College of the Canyons — Yes on Measure E has been ordered to pay a $9,000 fine for infractions committed in 2016 and 2017.
Committee for College of the Canyons Bond Measure Ordered to Pay $9K Fine
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services has launched a new website to provide county residents with general program information on DPSS services.
L.A. County Launches New Website for Public Social Services Dept.
At the direction of the Department of Public Health, all Los Angeles County beaches will be closed this weekend, resulting in the closure of all lifeguard towers.
Beaches in L.A., Ventura Counties to Close for Holiday Weekend
Air quality will be unhealthy for sensitive individuals in the Santa Clarita Valley on Saturday, July 4, according to the latest South Coast Air Quality Management District forecast.
July 4 Air Quality: Unhealthy in SCV for Sensitive People (and Pets)
The city of Santa Clarita has changed the language of its Code Enforcement’s mission statement -- by omitting a portion stating that issues are addressed using the "broken windows" theory -- to reflect what officials said is a more accurate reflection of operations.
City Changes Code Enforcement Mission Statement Regarding ‘Broken Windows’ Theory
%d bloggers like this: