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MUSD board moving ahead with its 12-year building plan

Wendy Alexander/Madera Tribune File Photo State and local officials, dignitaries, MUSD administrators and Camarena Health officials and board members gather during a ground breaking ceremony for a new health center on campus at Madera South High School. MUSD trustees have decided to move ahead with the district’s 12-year building program.


Madera Unified trustees have given every indication that they are going to move ahead with the district’s 12-year building program, part of which they adopted at their Nov. 15, 2016, board meeting.

During the regular meeting on May 9, Assistant Superintendent Sandon Schwartz, at the behest of Board President Al Galvez, gave trustees a recap of the long-range plan for meeting the building needs of Madera Unified.

Under the plan, Madera Unified will build two new elementary schools, three middle schools, including a concurrent enrollment tech middle school, and two high schools. It will also complete Madera South High School’s athletic facilities, build a new district office, construct a new adult education facility, and purchase 160 acres for a new educational complex, which will contain one of the two new elementary schools, one of the new middle schools, a fourth high school, and a stadium.

This plan represents the first time Madera Unified has reached so far out to systematically tackle the district’s building needs. It has three phases, including the first, which was revised and adopted by the board Nov. 15. Phase one

• Completion of athletic facilities at Madera South High School.

• Completion of Virginia Lee Rose Elementary School.

• Construction of the new high school.

• Purchase of land for a future educational complex (delay may be possible in order to reconvene the site committee).

• CTE modernization project at Madera High School.

• Concurrent Enrollment Middle School. Phase two

• Place a $110 million general obligation bond on the ballot in 2018.

• Modernize Memorial Stadium.

• Purchase land for a new district office.

• Move Adult Education to the site of the present district office.

• Build two comprehensive middle schools for grades six through eight. Phase three

• Construct another elementary school (K-5)

• Construct a new high school. Schwartz was directed to bring the plan back to the board at its next meeting for consideration of phases two and three.


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