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PVUSD trustees to discuss Measure L projects

Posted: Monday, Feb 6th, 2017




WATSONVILLE — The Pajaro Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees on Wednesday will consider approving two projects funded by Measure L.

The first is an outdoor shade structure at Watsonville Charter School of the Arts that will give students a place to eat outdoors out of the sun, said principal Amy Thomas.

The structure will cost just over $317,415, which was the lowest of four bids.

The district will also install security cameras at the district’s 19 elementary schools for just over $342,775, the lowest of five bids.

District officials hope the cameras will help combat vandalism and burglaries that occur at the schools, and that the high-resolution cameras will help law enforcement authorities identify and capture suspects.

In addition, images from the cameras could help sort out disagreements from minor collisions in school parking lots, said PVUSD Chief Business Officer Melody Canady.

“It’s something the district has been working on for a while,” she said. “I think the safety of our students and staff is very important, and that’s where we’re focusing our efforts.”

The Measure L projects are found on the consent portion of the meeting’s agenda, where items that are expected to be approved without discussion are normally placed.

Trustees frequently pull items from the consent agenda for further discussion, however.

During the same meeting, the trustees will hear a report on Measure L funds allocation, which is a required part of the bond agreement.

Measure L is a $150 million bond approved by voters in 2012. It was created to fund construction projects, upgrades and repair projects at schools throughout the district.

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The Pajaro Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees will meet Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the District Office Boardroom at 292 Green Valley Road in Watsonville. For information, visit www.pvusd.net.

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