Tax gets put to good use to renovate two schools

first_imgDesigned for 600 students, California City High will help ease crowding at Mojave High and eliminate the need for California City teens to travel to Mojave for school. [email protected] (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The modernization is being funded by a parcel tax and state matching funds. At the time the parcel tax was approved, the state was paying 80percent of the cost for modernization projects, but that has gone down to 60percent, Phelps said. Voters throughout the school district approved a districtwide five-year, $25.50-per-parcel tax in March 2002 to renovate campuses. Schools to be modernized are Mojave Elementary, Mojave High School, Robert P. Ulrich Elementary, Joshua Middle School and Red Rock School. In the same March 2002 election, California City voters approved a tax to finance a $16million bond measure to build an elementary school and a high school in California City. Construction has begun on those two projects. MOJAVE – The extra $25.50 annual tax property owners have been paying from a 2002 ballot measure will be put to use this summer renovating Mojave High School and Mojave Elementary. With escalating construction costs, the district is reviewing how much of the nearly $8million project can be done with the available funds. “We are in the process of determining what we can do. Construction costs for modernization are going up, too,” Superintendent Larry Phelps said. The work will take about a year and will include replacing walls, windows and flooring; doing electrical work and plumbing; and improving access for the disabled. last_img read more

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