LEMOORE — Voters Tuesday passed Measure D, a school bond that will raise $26 million for new Lemoore Union Elementary School District projects.
“We are so grateful to the Bond Campaign Committee and all of the volunteers that served in great and small ways to donate time and personal resources,” Superintendent Cheryl Hunt said in an email to the Sentinel. “The LUESD School District and Board of Trustees are excited for the future of the District and the opportunities that our students will enjoy thanks to the communities investment.”
The funds, which can only be used for local facility and modernization improvements, will go toward constructing a new elementary school to reduce overcrowding, as well as repairing leaky roofs and deteriorating plumbing systems of the already-existing elementary schools among other things.
Hunt said that a Bond Oversight Committee will be formed in the coming weeks and that updates will be provided in the district’s online newsletter and website.
“As far as initial project work, we will start with HVAC updates at Lemoore Elementary and Liberty Middle schools. Our libraries will be another focus area and receive interior upgrades in summer 2019,” she said.
Designing of the new elementary school will begin early next year, she said, with the goal of opening to students for the 2021-2022 school year.
According to the bond project list, the money can also go toward replacing outdated heating, ventilation and electrical systems, improving drop-off and pick-up areas, making Americans with Disabilities Act upgrades and renovating classrooms.