Measure B Facilities Bond

We want to express tremendous gratitude to our community for supporting the MUSD students as expressed through the passage of Measure B. We look forward to the next steps as we prepare to begin the improvements of our facilities.  We hope you find this page to be helpful on the right you will find links to different areas.  
WHAT IS MEASURE B
June 2018 the locally approved and controlled $63.1-million-dollar bond to fund and improve; construct and rehabilitate all Districts including Mammoth High, Mammoth Elementary and Mammoth Middle schools. Improvements to educational facilities included but are not limited to; classrooms, improve energy efficiency, enhance school safety, upgrade electrical wiring and technology infrastructure, provide new and updated science labs. Measure B includes legal safeguards requiring all funds to be spent on our local schools. Funds are prohibited from being used for general operating expenses. Measure B funds are reviewed by a local independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee and all expenditures are audited.
We are looking forward to the completion of these modernization projects so our students can learn and grow in the new modernized learning environment. Just as technology is changing, so is education. The students, staff and community of MUSD deserve the BEST!
TIMELINE OF EVENTS
January 2017 – MUSD began the facility master planning process that included, staff, parents, community members, and local agencies.
June 2018 – Measure “B” $63.1 Facility Bond passed – BIG THANK YOU to the community.
Fall 2018 – MUSD worked closely with Bond counsel and our financial advisors to secure a strong credit rating. MUSD improved their rating with Standard’s & Poor’s from AA- to AA, and confirmed Aa3 rating with Moody’s. MUSD’s $63.1 million bond will be sold off over three series. The first Series A of $10 million was sold with a very low interest rate of 2.29%. A Citizens’ Oversight Committee (COC) has also been established. Their responsibility is to ensure that all bond money is spent as defined in the ballot language.
July-December 2018 – Request for Proposals went out for Architect, Construction Management and General Contractor to complete our MUSD Facility Team. MUSD also began working on a waiver that went to California Department of Education board for approval in March 2019. This would waive the qualifications for subcontractors to be from a “skilled and trained workforce”, thus opening up the opportunity form more local contractors to apply for subcontractor positions. However, California Department of Education did not approve the waiver.
December 3-6, 2018 – MUSD facilities team started planning the first project at Mammoth Elementary School. Meetings were held with many user groups from staff by grade level and department to a public community meeting where everyone was welcome to provide feedback on the first steps of schematic design of Mammoth Elementary school. This first series of meeting was to determine the facility layout such as floorplan and required spaces need. Once the need is determined the design can begin.
February 18-19- Schematic Design was reviewed with all the user groups from December so they had the opportuning to provide feedback.
March 2019- MUSD prepared to waive the qualifications for subcontractors to be from a “skilled and trained workforce”. Unfortunately, California Department of Education Board did not approve the waiver. This will make it more of a challenge for local contractor to apply for subcontractor positions. Per Education Code section 17407.5
Spring 2019 – HMC Architects took all the staff and public feedback and started construction documents for DSA (Division of State Architect) to review.
Summer 2019 – Facilities team was hard at work developing detailed plans and Cost Estimates based on the needs of the staff and community. Throughout this planning process it is critical that the construction budget of $18,300,000 is watched closely. Staying on track with the budget is critical so we have the funds to complete all the other projects at the High School and Middle School. Mammoth High School has the largest need, but MES qualifies for the largest amount of additional State Facilities Funding of approximately $2 million. It can take several years to receive that funding and also depends on the State passing another State Schools Facilities Bond.  The other reason for starting at MES is that once the MES project is completed it will free up all the existing portables at MES to be used at MHS for temporary classrooms. This saves us the cost of have having to rent temporary classrooms during the high school project which will allow us to use that saving on lasting facility needs.
December 2118-August 2021:  MES starting the planning process with staff, parents and community members and construction started Spring 2020 and should be completed by August 2021
Mammoth Middle School- Summer 2020-December 2021:  MMS is the smallest project.  Planning started in summer 2020 only two classrooms  will added.  Plans have been submitted to DSA (Division of State Architects). Construction should start Spring 2021. 
Mammoth High School - Summer 2020-August 2023:  MHS planning with staff, parents and community started in summer 2020 and more meeting are being set up.  Currently the projects is in planning and design phase.  Construction is scheduled start around spring 2022.