School district to place measure on November ballot

By: Hannah Kanik
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The Western Placer Unified School District Board of Trustees approved placing a new district bond measure on the November ballot to increase schools’ resources and safety at its July 3 meeting.

The bond’s funding would go toward safety and security improvements, youth athletics and aquatics center projects. Resources that this bond would cover are not able to be funded through state funding. If voters do not approve the new bond, the resources will not be added to the schools, according to Western Placer Unified School District Superintendent Scott Leaman.

Enhanced door locks, fencing, gates, communication systems and alarms would be installed at the district’s school sites if the bond passes. There will also be district-wide improvements to fields and playgrounds.

The bond would fund resources for the new high school to be built on Twelve Bridges Drive, such as health and biomedical career training classrooms and labs, stadium lighting and field installations and an auxiliary gym and aquatic center. There would be renovations to Lincoln High School’s stadium, weights room and team room, and a new scoreboard.

Currently, the district has four capital projects in the works: renovating Lincoln High School and Glen Edwards Middle School and constructing a new elementary school at south Lincoln Crossing and a new high school on Twelve Bridges Drive.

Voter-approved district bonds, Measure A and Measure N, are slated to fund these projects, totaling $45 million in bond funding, according to Leaman.

Measure A, passed in the 2014 election, will go to fund the new high school and Lincoln High renovations. Measure N, passed in the 2016 election, will go to fund the new elementary school and the renovations to Glen Edwards Middle School.

Bonds have a shelf life of three years and, once applied for, must be spent in that time frame, according to Leaman. The school board is applying for the bonds’ funds now that the capital projects are underway and these funds will be spent within the time frame, Leaman said.

In other meeting news, the board voted to name the new elementary school after Leaman.

 “It’s an honor beyond belief but it’s still sinking in,” Leaman said. “Although there’s one name on the school, it’s really been a team effort.”

Names for the new high school were discussed and final name recommendations will be made at the board’s next meeting at 7 p.m. Aug. 7 at 600 6th St., Lincoln.

Names discussed include Spring Valley Ranch High School, Charles L Wilson High School and West Placer High School.