MVLA Board Meeting 2/5/18

The board approved putting a bond measure on the June 5, 2018 ballot at a $295M maximum principle amount, raising an average of $18M annually until approximately 2039, at a tax rate estimated to be $30 per $100,000 of appraised property value.   The board approved contracts with Kramer Project Development Company to continue managing the district’s construction program and projects through June 30, 2018, and Quattrocchi Kwok Architects for architectural services for the two new classroom buildings, one at MVHS and one at LAHS.

The board heard a report on the Skills Program at LAHS, which provides special skills classes for students needing extra help to be successful in A-G courses* throughout 4 years of high school (about 10% of students).  They also heard a report on the Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE), which is a nine-week Spanish language parent education program for over 100 MVLA and MV Whisman parents to provide families with knowledge to help their children reach their full potential.  The program was held in the spring of 2017 for the first time and will be repeated in the spring of 2018, with a new level 2 program for parents who participated last year.

The board accepted the final annual report of the Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee for Measure A.  $45.9M was spent, including $39.3M in bond funds, and $6.6M developer fees, routine restricted maintenance funds, building funds, State Prop 39 energy funds, and bond fund interest.  The Measure A program is now complete.  The committee certified that the district is in compliance with the requirements of the state constitution and that Measure A bond funds were used for the purposes specified in the ballot language.

* The A-G / College Entrance Requirements are a sequence of high school courses that students must complete (with a grade of C or better) to be minimally eligible for admission to the University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU).

Sally Ahnger, Observer