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Full Text Ballot Proposition Concerning Measure E (PDF)

Full Text Ballot Proposition Of The State Center Community College District Bond Measure Election November 5, 2002

The following is the full proposition presented to the voters by the State Center Community College District.

"To prepare students at Fresno City/Reedley College (Clovis, Madera, Oakhurst Centers) for transfer to four-year colleges and careers, including public safety, firefighting, healthcare technology and business, by upgrading equipment, lighting, wiring, fire safety; replacing portables; repairing plumbing, heating/ventilation; repairing/constructing/equipping classrooms, libraries, computer labs, buildings, parking, acquiring land, shall State Center Community College District issue $161,000,000 of bonds at legal rates, with a Citizens Oversight Committee, annual financial audits and no money for administrator salaries."

The Board of Trustees of the State Center Community College District has evaluated safety, class size reduction, and information technology needs in developing the scope of school facility projects to be funded, as outlined in the District's Bond Implementation Plan, as shall be amended from time to time, on file with the Public Information Office, including the following projects:


Fresno City College

Technology Upgrades - $14,650,000

  • Computer systems for vocational training
  • Internet access in labs and classrooms
  • Instructional space & equipment
  • Local/wide area network

Career and Technology Center - $30,000,000

  • Modernize and add classrooms, labs, and Fire Academy training tower
  • Relocate Police Academy from 50-year-old "portables" to a modern,efficient building
  • Upgrade fire alarms, smoke detectors, sprinklers
  • Improve access for disabled

Historic Old Administration Building (OAB) - $25,000,000

  • Seismic upgrades for earthquake safety
  • New classrooms and labs for general education, vocational training
  • Remove asbestos
  • Improve access for disabled
  • Install emergency lighting, exit signage, exterior lighting, non-slip surfaces on interior and exterior stairs for health and safety
  • Health and safety repairs: sewer lines, restrooms, ventilation upgrade
  • Install new fire alarms, smoke detectors, sprinklers and safety equipment

Student Technology Center - $2,500,000

  • Upgrade Internet access for general education, vocational training classes in high-tech learning center
  • Improve access for disabled
  • Install fire alarms, smoke detectors, sprinklers, and safety equipment to meet current safety codes

Parking - $2,630,000

  • Add spaces to minimize on-street parking and relieve traffic congestion in adjoining neighborhoods

Instructional Buildings Repairs - $7,250,000

  • Make health and safety repairs of student service buildings, including improved access for disabled students
  • Renovate, modernize and equip physical education facilities
  • Replace outdated heating, ventilation and cooling systems
  • Improve electrical wiring for Internet access, install fire safety equipment, and provide access for disabled persons at the former Police Academy bungalows

Fresno City College Total: $82,030,000

Reedley College

New Classrooms - $3,750,000

  • Increase instructional space and updated equipment
  • Increase Internet access
  • Install upgraded electrical wiring for fire safety

Renovate, Replace and Repair Existing Classrooms - $11,080,000

  • Repair and modernize 40-year-old classrooms
  • Health and safety repairs for heating / air conditioning / ventilation, plumbing, electrical systems and air quality
  • Replace deteriorated physical education classrooms and facilities
  • Upgrade electrical systems for Internet access

Student Center Renovations and Repairs - $1,790,000

  • Health and safety repairs, including additional electrical service to avoid risks of overloaded circuits;
  • Improve heating, air conditioning and ventilation systems for energy efficiency, air quality
  • Improve access for disabled students

Replacement Facilities - $8,370,000

  • Replace bookstore to meet safety standards and improve access for disabled
  • Replace outdated housing to relieve pressure on neighboring community

Repair of Existing Residence Hall - $2,990,000

  • Improve sewer, plumbing, heating, air conditioning and ventilation systems
  • Upgrade electrical for Internet access & technology
  • Improve access for disabled
  • Upgrade fire safety, smoke detector and alarm systems

Reedley College Total: $27,980,000

Educational Centers

Madera Vocational Training Labs - $3,590,000

  • Increased instructional space to accommodate demand for vocational training

Renovate Madera Student Center - $600,000

  • Expand bookstore, food services, and dining areas

Madera Health & Fitness Center - $300,000

  • Upgrade physical education classrooms

Oakhurst Classrooms - $290,000

  • Add new classrooms for general education and occupational training

Willow / International Site (serving NE Fresno, Clovis, Fresno County)

Phase I: $23,680.000
  • Build new classrooms, computer and digital art laboratories, lecture hall, library, distance learning, and instructional and student support space
Phase II: $12,480,000
  • Build new chemistry, biology, and science classrooms, laboratories, lecture hall and instructional support space
Site Acquisition - Fourth Center - $10,000,000
  • Acquire land for establishment of a new educational center

Education Centers Total: $50,940,000

Listed repairs, rehabilitation projects and upgrades will be completed as needed at a particular site. Each project is assumed to include its share of costs of the architectural, engineering, and similar planning costs, construction management, and a customary contingency for unforeseen design and construction costs. The allocation of bond proceeds will be affected by the District's receipt of State matching funds and the final costs of each project. The District requires State matching funds to complete certain of the projects. The budget for each project is an estimate and may be affected by factors beyond the District's control. The final cost of each project will be determined as plans are finalized, construction bids are awarded, and projects are completed.

"FISCAL ACCOUNTABILITY REQUIREMENTS. To ensure that funds are spent as promised to voters, a Citizens Oversight Committee will monitor expenditures and make regular reports to the public. The Committee will include, among others, bona fide representatives of taxpayer, business and senior citizens organizations. Performance and financial audits will be performed annually, and all Bond expenditures will be reviewed by the Committee to ensure that funds are spent as promised to voters."

No Administrator Salaries. Proceeds from the sale of the bonds authorized by this proposition shall be used only for the construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, or replacement of college facilities, including the furnishing and equipping of college facilities, and not for any other purpose, including faculty and administrator salaries and other operating expenses. By law, all funds can only be spent on repair and improvement projects.