Big items on the proposed May 4 bond include a new Westlake High School robotics facility expansion and a multipurpose facility that would accommodate the wrestling team.
An aquatics facility could consist of a 25-yard competition pool with a springboard for diving, locker rooms, showers and spectator seating. The new multipurpose facility could have capacity for two full-size wrestling mats and have a restroom. The robotics facility expansion could consist of a two-story construction project that would add two classrooms and a robotics competition practice area. It could also free up about two and-a-half classrooms and a cafeteria at Westlake High School.
Other bond items include general maintenance; enhanced security with added fencing, cameras and more; energy-conserving items, such as LED lighting and solar panels; renovations at various campuses; upgrades, such as new uniforms for athletics; better curtains, lighting and more for performing arts; replacing current portable classrooms with new learning studios; and more.
When items from all 2019 bond categories are totaled, the estimated cost is just over $100 million. Staff recommended a maximum asking price of $85 million, but also provided models reflecting the budget for a $65 million bond. Some board members said they supported staying on the conservative side, while others felt the $85 million was needed to fund improvements that should not wait.
Further discussion on the official asking price and how it will affect a potential 2023 bond will occur at the Jan. 15 meeting. Trustees are expected to call a bond election Jan. 29.