Fresno residents approved the $280 million bond with overwhelming support. Though most of the projects are still in the design phase, Thursday we saw the first signs of how your money will be spent.
Replacing hundreds of portable classrooms throughout the district with permanent buildings is priority number one for Measure Q, and Mayfair Elementary in central Fresno is first in line.
Karin Temple said, "Here at Mayfair we have eight bungalow portables which have been here more than 50 years, which we want to replace with a permanent building which will provide a better learning environment for our staff and students."
The eight bungalow-style portables are the oldest in the district. Renderings show the new state of the art building that will replace them. Mayfair Principal Bill Serns is excited. He says the new facility will help better support the school's educational programs.
"The classroom, we're pretty limited with our space, our lighting, even the noise for heating and cooling unit, and so moving in to something modern and open is fantastic for us." Serns said.
The school will break ground on the new building in March. During construction, affected students will attend class in these temporary portables, which just arrived on campus Thursday.
Temple said, "The campus will be pretty messy for a while, but in about 9 months they'll see this new building start to rise and then their student will be in a beautiful new building with all the best and latest technology."
Approximately $100 million of Measure Q's $280 million fund will be used for portable replacement district-wide. The remainder will go to general repair and upgrade of school facilities, with a focus on safety, security and accessibility.
The district will schedule projects based on need and the availability of matching state funds.
"The program that we are using at Mayfair is for overcrowding relief it's a state program that gives us 50%, so for this $3 million project we'll get $1.5 million from the state." Temple said.NEWS BY LOCATION | ABC30 BLOGS | DISCUSSION FORUMS
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