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What will happen to Mt. Diablo district Measure C funds designated for closed schools?

By Theresa Harrington
Monday, February 28th, 2011 at 12:14 pm in Education, Mt. Diablo school district.

One of the many unanswered questions regarding the Mt. Diablo school board’s decision to close Holbrook Elementary and Glenbrook Middle School in Concord is: What will happen to the Measure C funds designated for improvements on those campuses?

Before the Measure C election in June, the district posted general categories of improvements on its website, but didn’t give the public an itemized list showing what was planned, including costs. Now, the general information appears to have been removed from the website link, which was previously available by clicking on “Website with more information about Measure C including individual school plans” here: http://www.mdusd.org/Community/Pages/measurecjune2010.aspx.

Here’s what was planned at each site (from the district’s “2010 Facilities Master Plan Update/Proposed Bond Program Profile: 2010 Facilities Improvement Plan,” which has not been posted online, to my knowledge):

GLENBROOK MIDDLE SCHOOL: 13 items costing $3.65 million
Solar panels: $1,285,528
Centralized irrigation: $16,486
Roofing system: $144,268.75
Windows: $36,002.10
Door hardware: $24,240
Floor covering: $47,815.95.
Restroom renovation: $295,200.
Food service: code improvements: $45,593.25
Electrical security system: $140,524.86
Telecommunications: $70,0000
Network cabling and upgrades: $120,912
Technology classroom enhancements: $213,487.50
Middle school science lab cluster: $1,214,000
TOTAL: $3,654,058.41

HOLBROOK ELEMENTARY: 20 items costing nearly $2.7 million
Solar panels: $791,094
Centralized irrigation: $9,346
Concrete repairs: $25,350
Paved playground repairs: $19,107.75
Playground equipment replacement: $49,500
Fencing replacement: $6,650
Exterior doors: $16,250
Roofing system: $14,462.50
Windows: $50,774.40
Door hardware: $4,040
Floor covering: $37,968.
Restroom renovation: $246,000.
Food service: code improvements: $43,112.85
Classroom air conditioning: $977,637.
Administrative air conditioning: $2,673.
Kitchen air conditioning: $22,750
Electrical security system: $96,027.58
Fiber optic backbone: $58,0000
Network cabling and upgrades: $78,000
Technology classroom enhancements: $143,467.50
TOTAL: $2,692,210.58

TOTAL FOR BOTH SCHOOLS: $6,346,269 or more than $6.3 million

The district applied for and received California Renewable Energy Bonds (CREBS) for the solar panels, with specific amounts designated for each site.

Glenbrook didn’t need air conditioning, because it already has it (El Dorado and Valley View, which most Glenbrook students will be transferred to, don’t yet have air conditioning.)

Superintendent Steven Lawrence said he would use some Measure C money to explore the idea of building a new high school in Bay Point (or possibly upgrading an existing campus to make it a high school). No cost estimates have been shared with the board yet regarding this idea.

What do you think the district should do with the $6.3 million in Measure C funds designated for Holbrook and Glenbrook?

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