Summerville Union High School District is moving forward on $3.4 million in sports facility upgrades, but could come up $500,000 short at least temporarily, according to the district’s new superintendent.
The projects — funded via November’s voter-approved $8 million bond-sales measure, Measure H — are planned for the “first phase” of bond sales. The work includes replacing Summerville’s decades-old stadium, constructing an all-weather track and installing artificial turf on the football field.
The first-phase bonds — $4.1 million worth — were sold in April. The next bond sales are set for 2015 and 2017, according to Superintendent Robert Griffith.
The problem is that pre-construction work — architectural and bond sales costs — have totaled $1.2 million thus far, leaving only $2.9 million available.
“We want every penny going into our school, but it’s the cost of doing business,” Griffith told school board members at their Wednesday night meeting.
Measure H, passed by just two votes last November, is still expected to support planned projects, he said.
Griffith hopes to break ground on athletics projects in late winter and complete them mid-August 2014.
To close the funding gap, Griffith suggested the board allocate district funds set aside for paving to the athletics projects and replenish those funds after future bond sales.
The paving fund has $1.1 million available.
The paving reserve funds would be repaid with bond funds as they become available, he said.
“It’s like transferring money from one pocket to another,” Griffith said.
The district is also exploring grant funding for the athletic facility work, Griffith told the board.
The question of whether to temporarily use paving funds probably won’t be brought to the board for approval for another six months, he said.