Sonora weighs bond timeline

By Austen Thibault, The Union Democrat June 25, 2014 11:30 am

The Sonora Union High School District Board of Trustees on Tuesday delayed approving the initial environmental review of the district’s upcoming bond projects because of issues with its timeline. 

Several parents and community members spoke at the meeting with their own timeline concern — missing this fall’s football season.


The California Environmental Quality Act initial report for the $23 million Measure J bond projects was expected to be ratified on Tuesday, but will be taken up again at the July 1 meeting. 

The board followed the direction of President Rob Lyons, who said he wasn’t comfortable passing the document because its phasing schedule didn’t match what the board approved in October. 

The report puts the estimated $4.25 million aquatic center into the first phase of construction rather than the last phase, as it had been voted on in October. 

Community members around that time raised various concerns about the pool including that it wasn’t written on the ballot passed by voters and may not be the best use of money for students.

After the meeting, Lyons said the CEQA report timeline wasn’t actually fundamentally different, but included newer aims by the district to tighten the construction timeline overall. 


For the full story, see the June 25, 2014, edition of The Union Democrat.