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September 26, 2022

Possible $28 milllion school bond on ballot; Aromas-San Juan district seeks to balance facilities budget

The Aromas-San Juan Unified School District Board of Trustees
met Wednesday night at San Juan School to discuss floating a
potential $28 million bond to fund facility needs.
The Aromas-San Juan Unified School District Board of Trustees met Wednesday night at San Juan School to discuss floating a potential $28 million bond to fund facility needs.

Jackie Munoz, superintendent of the Aromas-San Juan Unified School District, said the $28 million is the bonding capacity, but further discussion is needed to determine not only if it will go before voters, but also for how much.

In 2002, a similar bond was passed, and the school district has since completed several projects, including classroom renovations, a new gymnasium at Aromas School and a new vocational education center at Anzar High School.

Munoz said another bond is needed to fund district improvements such as a new centralized kitchen to serve all schools, more classrooms renovations and a multi-purpose room.

“There are some priorities,” Munoz said. “We have 15 portable buildings that are 22 years or older that are in ill repair.”

A $28 million bond would raise taxes $60 for every $100,000 assessment on a property’s value, Munoz said.

Before taking a bond to votes in a June general election, the school board must adopt a resolution.

Another town hall meeting is planned for Jan. 28 at Aromas School, and a regular board meeting is planned for Feb. 6 there.

Michael Van Cassell
A staff member edited this provided article.

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