News Release

June 4, 2004

Measure C Oversight Committee Determines College is in Compliance

The Measure C Citizens Oversight Committee determined May 28 that College of the Canyons is in compliance with the legal requirements set forth in Proposition 39, which mandates that an oversight committee composed of community members oversee the proper disbursement of bond revenues.

The oversight committee will send a letter affirming that compliance to the Santa Clarita Community College District Board of Trustees.

The committee was created following the passage of Measure C in 2001. It is responsible for ensuring that bond revenues are expended properly and that bond funds are not used for faculty or administrative salaries or other college expenses. The 11-member committee was appointed on Jan. 23, 2002, and has met seven times.

Measure C passed with 68 percent voter approval on Nov. 6, 2001, providing $82.1 million in bond revenue for much-needed construction of new facilities, renovation of the College of the Canyons campus and establishment of a permanent education center in the Canyon Country area.

Measure C funds have been used to renovate Cougar Stadium, reconfigure the entrance drive off Rockwell Canyon Road and begin construction of the new Music-Dance Building, immediately north of the new Performing Arts Center. The Music-Dance Building is on a fast-track schedule and expected to be completed by December.

Other upcoming Measure C-funded projects include:

Canyon Country Education Center –­ Several sites are being considered for this permanent education center, which would replace the current ACCESS center in the Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library. Thirty-four modular buildings purchased at a significant discount from Vandenberg Air Force Base will be moved to the new site.

High-Tech Classroom Building ­– The three-level structure, which will feature a variety of high-tech classrooms and office space, will be built between the Student Center and Physical Education Building. It should be completed by March 2006.

The University Center –­ A permanent building will house the consortium of public and private universities that are already offering advanced degrees on the College of the Canyons campus, as well as the William S. Hart Union High School District’s Academy of the Canyons. 

Architectural firm Leo A. Daly, which designed the original campus buildings, will design the new building. Construction should begin by mid-2005.

The public is always welcome to attend meetings of the Measure C Citizens Oversight Committee.