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Board Considers Bond Measure

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By Jill Dolan

July 17, 2018 - 02:16 PM

The Mt. San Antonio College Board of Trustees have scheduled an additional regular meeting on Tuesday, July 24, 6:30 p.m., in Founders Hall to consider a resolution that would place a general obligation bond measure on the November ballot.

The Board recently approved the college’s Educational and Facilities Master Plan, which lays out how to best serve Mt. SAC’s students for the next decade and beyond. A bond measure would help fund needed infrastructure repairs, expand career technical education programs and improve the college’s security and emergency systems.

A recently conducted independent community survey shows residents strongly support the affordable, quality programs Mt. SAC provides. Conducted in May, the survey provides insight into constituent perspectives on current academic needs, with concerns about safety, vocational education and affordability topping the list. For example, 85 percent of respondents want Mt. SAC to expand access to its high quality, affordable education so that more students can attend college.

Residents identified a number of priorities including: preparing students for transfer to four-year colleges and universities, repairing deteriorating gas, electrical and sewer lines, repairing decaying walls, drainage systems and leaky roofs, improving student safety, improving access for disabled students, and expanding career technical education programs.

Residents also recognized the need to keep students safe and expressed support for upgrades and improvements of the college’s security and emergency systems through the installation of cameras, lighting and other measures.

Up to 76 percent of respondents indicated they would support a 55 percent requirement education bond to make essential upgrades to Mt. SAC.