To relieve severe classroom overcrowding, renovate aging science labs and classrooms, improve health, safety and accessibility standards, upgrade electrical wiring and technology, construct academic classrooms, facilities, high tech computer labs and job training facilities, qualify for state matching funds, establish a Fiscal Oversight Committee and annual independent audits with all funds staying in our community, shall Santa Clarita Community College District (College of the Canyons) issue $82,110,000 of bonds at interest rates within legal limits?
As required by the California Constitution, the proceeds from the sale of the bonds will be used only for the construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation or replacement of college facilities, including the furnishing and equipping of college facilities, or the acquisition or lease of real property for college facilities, and not for any other purpose, including not for teacher and administrator salaries and other college operating expenses.
Subject to funding availability, the specific college facilities projects proposed to be constructed are as follows:
Repair & Renovation of Existing Facilities – Upgrading of facilities, including the replacement of carpeting and vinyl flooring; painting of classrooms, labs and offices; completion of Architectural Barrier Removal (ADA) program; installation of data outlets and infrastructure for campus wide networking capability; removal and replacement of raised concrete sidewalks; removal and replacement of inoperable door hardware; and installation of a chilled water loop through campus.
Science Laboratory Building Addition – An instructional building approximately 32,000 square feet to be located on the existing College of the Canyons campus expanding current science lab facilities to meet increasing demand for instructional programs.
University Center – One or more instructional buildings of approximately 50,000 square feet to be located on the existing College of the Canyons campus, providing space for numerous universities and colleges to offer bachelor and graduate degree programs and classes in our community.
Classroom Building Adjoining The New Performing Arts Center – An instructional building of approximately 9,500 square feet to be located on the existing College of the Canyons campus.
Health Education/Cardiovascular/Physical Education Center – An instructional building of approximately 15,000 square feet to be located on the existing College of the Canyons campus, which will be used for the college’s instructional programs and 16 intercollegiate sports teams (9 women’s and 6 men’s), including lockers, training areas, weight rooms, showers, storage and other sports facilities.
Vocational Technology Building Addition & General Purpose Classroom Building – One instructional building of approximately 5,000 square feet and one instructional building approximately 7,000 square located on existing College of the Canyons campus. The new facilities would provide for opportunities to meet increased demand for vocational training and general program offerings.
Classroom Building/High Tech Lab Center – An instructional building of approximately 34,000 square feet to be located on the existing College of the Canyons campus, which will provide additional classrooms and labs for technology training.
Library Addition & Warehouse – One building of approximately 37,000 square feet to be located on the existing College of the Canyons campus, which will supplement the College’s existing library facilities. One building of approximately 9,000 square feet to be located on the existing College of the Canyons campus, for storage of District supplies and equipment.
Canyon Country Education Center – Approximately 50 acres of land and instructional buildings of 50,000 square feet or more, offering a second campus to offer classes in a part of the community where many students and potential students reside and require access to education.
Job Training/Community Education/Center for Applied and Competitive Technology Building – An instructional building approximately 23,000 square feet to be located on the existing College of the Canyons campus offering job training and continuing education programs.
Media Arts Technology Addition -- An instructional building of 25,000 square feet to be located on the existing COC campus, expanding current Media Arts facilities to meet increasing demand for instructional programs. The expansion will supplement the current spaces for the Radio/TV, CAD and Arts programs.
Student Services/Counseling/Job Placement & Administration Building – An instructional support building of approximately 20,500 square feet to be located on the existing College of the Canyons campus, to be used for support services for students.
Site Improvements & Renovation – Site improvements necessary as a result of facility master plan new building construction and relocation of existing facilities.
The Board of Trustees of the District has certified that it has evaluated safety, class size reduction and information technology needs in developing the foregoing list of college facilities projects to be funded.
The Board will conduct an annual, independent performance audit to ensure that the funds have been expended only on the specific college facilities projects listed above.
The Board will conduct an annual, independent financial audit of the proceeds from the sale of the Bonds until all of those proceeds have been expended for the specific college facilities projects listed above.
Pursuant to Section 15772 of the Education Code, the Board will appoint a citizens’ oversight committee and conduct annual independent audits to assure that funds are spent only on college and classroom improvements and for no other purposes.