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
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 as proposition 13 that was on the ballot in March 2020 did not pass. MUSD needs to get on the list as soon as possible to qualify for any state funds. 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.
Fall 2019 – Mammoth Elementary School plans were submitted to DSA (Division of State Architect). This takes approximately 7 months.
February 10, 2020 – Facilities Team met to review and start planning the next step in the MES Construction. HMC received the first round of DSA comments back in February and have begun the work to update the plans per DSA.
February 2020 –Resubmitted plans back to DSA for final approval.
March 2020 – Sierra Con put out an RFP (Request for Qualifications) for sub contracts.
April 2020 – The final GMP (Guaranteed Maximum Price) / Lease Lease Back Contract was approved by the Board of Education. Construction began on Phase one of the contract moving two portable classrooms. This took place during Spring Break.
May 2020 – MUSD received final DSA approved plans, and held meetings with both staff and parents. MES site will be closed and construction will begin.
WHAT IS NEXT
Spring 2020 – Begin planning next school facility projects at Mammoth Middle School and Mammoth High School.
June 2020 – Career Technical Education (CTE) Facilities grant results should be in. MUSD applied for a $1.5 million dollar grant to upgrade the CTE Construction Trade part of the High School. The CTE grant would be a great addition the High School Facilities Bond Budget.
Summer 2020 – MES will be under full construction, and planning will start for a two-classroom addition at Mammoth Middle School.
Fall 2020 – Mammoth High School Facility planning will begin with many user group meetings from staff, departments, parents and community.