Construction projects on Big Oak Flat school docket

Union Democrat staff

PUBLIC MEETING: Big Oak Flat-Groveland Unified School District Board of Trustees, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Tenaya Elementary School Room 24, 19177 Highway 120, Groveland.

The Board of Trustees at Big Oak Flat-Groveland Unified School District will continue a discussion on possible district construction projects at its regular meeting Wednesday.

The board held a workshop Dec. 5 for public input on how to spend roughly $500,000 in money collected from developer's fees over the past four or five years.

Developer's fees are assessed on new commercial and residential buildings in a school district to help fund construction or renovation of school facilities.

Students, community members and trustees mulled over possible uses for Big Oak Flat-Groveland's developer funds at the Dec. 5 workshop, discussing ideas to be prioritized by the school board.

They included replacing aging playground equipment at Tenaya Elementary School, which needs changes to make it compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, according to Big Oak Flat-Groveland Superintendent Dave Urquhart.

The district still has about $240,000 left over from a $9.3 million bond measure passed in 2005. The Measure M money paid for new gyms at Tioga High School and Don Pedro High School.

It later funded the renovation of the Tenaya Elementary School gym, which wrapped up this fall. Remaining bond money could help pay for the playground overhauls, Urquhart said.

The district is in need of technology upgrades and faster Internet connections, which the developer's fees may fund.

Furthermore, Tioga High School and Don Pedro High School have aging portables that require improvement. Don Pedro High School's agriculture facility was another topic of discussion at the workshop.

The Board of Trustees will prioritize facilities needs at its meeting Wednesday and likely make a decision on the use of at least some developer fee money, Urquhart said. They will also discuss a long-term plan for the Don Pedro High and Tioga High campuses.

At the beginning of Wednesday's meeting, an oath of office will be administered to new trustee Gloria Marler, along with returning trustees John Infelise and Paul Spring.

Later, they will hear a report on Big Oak Flat-Groveland's budget for the first part of this fiscal year.

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