By Jim Tortolano
A $311 million dollar bond issue to continue the modernization of campuses in the Garden Grove Unified School District will go to voters on Nov. 8. The GGUSD Board of Education Tuesday night voted 4-0 (with board member Lan Nguyen absent) to order the election. Two other area school systems – Westminster School District and the Ocean View School District – are also seeking voter approval for repairs and rehabilitation.
“This district has a long-standing reputation of academic success and fiscal responsibility,” said board president George West. “We will continue to make wise decisions that reflect the values of the community and provide our nearly 46,000 students with access to a high quality education.”
This will be the district’s second bond issue. Voters in 2010 approved Measure A to begin modernization.
In the Garden Grove system, the most visible changes would be expanding air conditioning to all campuses and to rebuild the stadium at Bolsa Grande High School. Most of the campuses in the GGUSD were built in the Fifties and early Sixties before modern air cooling and heating were considered standard in school construction.
The stadium at Bolsa Grande was built in the late Fifties, and like its nearly identical cousin at Garden Grove High, is a bleacher-style arrangement seating around 5,000 people. Plans for a new stadium at GGHS have already been announced and it will be called the Michael Monsoor Memorial Stadium after the Medal of Honor winner who attended the school before entering military service.
Both new stadiums will be have a smaller capacity – about 3,500 – but will feature more modern amenities. Construction on Monsoor Stadium is expected to begin in 2017 and be completed by the summer of 2018.
Other uses for the bond issue would include:
- building electrical system updates
- seismic safety improvements
- roof replacements
- updates to classroom, science lab and instructional technology
- improvements to other athletic facilities.
According to the GGUSD, the annual property tax paid for the bonds is estimated at $34 per $100,000 of assessed valuation, which works out to $8 per month for the typical homeowner.
The GGUSD is a K-12 system serving most of Garden Grove as well as portions of Anaheim, Cypress, Fountain Valley, Santa Ana, Stanton and Westminster.