Paul Bunton : Mendota Unified School District Board of Trustees Place a $19 Million Bond

Paul Bunton

Mendota, CA – Citing ongoing state budget cuts and the need to relieve overcrowding of their schools, Mendota Unified School District Board members have unanimously agreed to place a $19 million facilities improvement bond measure on the November ballot. The Long Range Facilities Master Plan prepared by BCA Architects identifies the need for a third school along with a series of other facilities goals to accommodate the current and projected growth in this central valley community.

The district’s short term goals are to relieve overcrowding in their elementary schools through the construction of a new 800-student elementary school (Cost – $25 million).  In addition, the Master Plan calls for the modernization of their two existing elementary schools ($18.8 million) to align with the 21st Century Learning Environment standards.  Additionally, a new building at the district’s high school is planned for 2017 (Cost – $4.5 million).  The District is also budgeting for “technology refresh” and deferred maintenance funds to ensure their school facilities continue to support their outstanding teachers well into the 21st Century.