Rowland Unified School District Board of Education Adopts Resolution for November 2012 School Facility Bond Measure
ROWLAND HEIGHTS, CA — JULY 10, 2012 — The Rowland Unified School District Board of Education voted 5-0 at the June 26 Board Meeting to place a school facility improvement bond measure before the voters on November 6, 2012. The $158.8 million bond measure will fund necessary upgrade and safety projects as identified from the District’s updated Facility Master Plan.
Voters in the District have demonstrated their commitment to providing quality 21st Century school facilities by approving two previous bond measures in 2000 and 2006. Those voter-approved projects have demonstrated the District’s ability to complete a comprehensive construction and modernization effort not only on time, but with more than $24 million in savings. A Citizen’s Oversight Committee has issued quarterly financial and performance audits giving the District consistently high marks.
“This is an ideal time to move forward with these projects,” Rowland Unified School District Interim Superintendent Ruben Frutos told the Board. “Interest rates are at historic lows and the costs for materials and labor are very favorable.”
A public opinion survey of Rowland voters conducted in early June indicated that 60% would either “Definitely” or “Probably” vote yes if given the opportunity in November.
Projects slated to be completed should voters pass the bond measure include: construction of school facilities (by replacing aging portables and classrooms) at Rowland High School, Nogales High School, and Stanley G. Oswalt Academy, and to use funds to repair, equip and construct multi-use facilities, sports facilities (eg. gym, locker rooms, bleachers, pool, etc.), libraries, and science and technology labs. The District would continue to upgrade classrooms at schools throughout Rowland Unified as needed.
The Rowland Unified School District is proud to serve 16,000 students at 20 elementary and secondary schools in the communities of Rowland Heights, Walnut, La Puente, City of Industry, and West Covina. More than 5,000 adults (16+) are also served by the Rowland Adult and Community Education School. For more information about Rowland Unified, call (626) 965-2541 or visit www.RowlandSchools.org.
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