In my conversations with community members in recent weeks I have received many good questions about our plans for upgrading school facilities at Liberty Ranch High School and Galt High School and the proposed Measure E. This letter is intended to share the answers to those questions with the entire community so you can cast an informed vote in the November election.
During the 2015-16 school year, the Galt Joint Union High School District participated in a facility needs assessment and master planning process. At the broadest level, the general plan can be expressed in two succinct goals: (1) renovate and repair Galt High School and (2) complete Liberty Ranch High School. As this pertains to Measure E funds, 82 percent of the funds go toward modernization and new construction of classrooms at Galt High School and 18 percent of the funds go toward unfinished projects at Liberty Ranch High School.
Our first priority is to address issues of safety for students and staff, including work required for code compliance, and modernization and construction of classrooms to enhance student comfort and academic performance. The “stadium improvements” mentioned in the plan do not mean new stadiums. They mean improving existing fields and facilities for safety and accessibility by players and spectators.
At Galt High School, expenditures of Measure E include approximately $11 million in major, moderate and minor modernization of 116,000 square feet of classroom space and $9.18 million for the addition of eight new science classrooms and four new standard classrooms. At Liberty Ranch, our plans include $330,000 for the addition of shade trees and covered areas, additional restrooms and improved traffic patterns for vehicle circulation. We plan to use another $2 million to improve electrical and data cabling systems for instructional technology. Approximately $7 million is set aside for improving athletic fields at both high schools to provide each school with safe and accessible bleacher seating, press facilities, and toilets necessary to host home games.
A Citizen’s Oversight Committee will ensure funds are spent responsibly.