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Sonora El readies for bond work

The Sonora School District Board of Trustees approved the first phase of the district’s $8.8 million campus modernization project at its Wednesday evening meeting. 

Phase I is the least expensive of three phases planned for the Sonora Elementary School campus — costing an estimated $1.2 million.

Work proposed includes new water lines for landscape irrigation, and replacing roofs and heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems for Buildings D, E and F — a cluster of buildings attached to the school office. 

District Chief Business Official Julie Barrington said the Phase I projects were selected because they are “most critical” to the school. They have been part of a modernization plan worked on for years with input from parents, teachers, staff, administrators and engineers.

Buildings D, E and F are the oldest on campus and needed new roofs and HVAC systems, she said.

Construction on Phase I is planned for mid-May. Bidding is slated to open April 1. 

Future phases will include renovating the kitchen, re-roofing and replacing HVAC systems for all other buildings, increasing disability access campuswide, replanting playing fields, erecting a new building and adding more classroom space to Building C.

Most of the work will be paid for with Measure H bond funds. The bond measure was passed by voters in 2010 and will cover $5.4 million of the entire project’s estimated $8.8 million ticket. The remainder will come from the state.

The district has already brought in sufficient local funding from its first issuance of Measure H bonds for Phase I of the project, Barrington said. 

Construction is expected to finish by the end of summer.

Phases II and III are still being configured and won’t be finalized this year. 

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