FUSD officials working hard to pass bond measures

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Fresno Unified officials are making a major push to pass a $225-million bond measure on the November ballot. (KFSN)

Fresno Unified officials are making a major push to pass a $225-million bond measure on the November ballot. Superintendent Michael Hanson Wednesday unveiled more details on how the district plans to use the money.

At a press conference, Hanson joined trustee Chris De La Cerda and Fresno City Councilwoman Esmeralda Soria to encourage support of Measure X-- the $225-million bond that will be voted on this November.

The event was held at Duncan Polytechnical High School which hopes to create a health and science wing with the money.

"Allowing us to create and build state of the art simulation labs and medical classrooms that would truly support career technical education within those areas," said Jeremy Ward, Principal of Duncan Polytechnical HS.

"New and renovated classroom labs here at Duncan HS just like the ones we are in now," said Hanson.

The bond wouldn't raise taxes since it would continue the current tax rate under the district's last bond Measure Q. But it has divided Fresno Unified trustees. Those who don't support Measure X are critical of the district's lack of a plan.

Wednesday-- district officials discussed the plan they said they've always had.

"We're just completing the plan that our board put in action five years ago and we've been very clear about continuing on this path. It's just been a lot of work-- these new beautiful buildings that come out of the ground all over the city don't just happen overnight," said Hanson.

Officials plan to use a large chunk of the money for classrooms, career technology, and support facilities. Installing air condition to certain buildings at 26 different schools-- including Roosevelt High School's cafeteria which is also a major priority.

"It's really to bring classrooms up to date. Make sure they're modern, make sure they're the best instructional environment for students and staff," said Karen Temple, COO.

Officials hope to build a south gym to Bullard High School, topping off a major construction project here on campus.

Dozens of schools will receive some sort of modernization or new building. Hanson said the goal is to make sure each of the district's high schools have equal facilities.

On Thursday current and former school board members and local officials will be having their own press conference opposing Measure X.

Trustees will vote on the plan Wednesday night.

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