RUSD town hall meetings to focus on Measure Y

 courtesy photo/rusd  Kevin Gilbreth, athletic director at Rialto High School, explains to RUSD officials the upgrades and construction work made possible through Measure Y monies.

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Kevin Gilbreth, athletic director at Rialto High School, explains to RUSD officials the upgrades and construction work made possible through Measure Y monies.

By Yazmin Alvarez

Rialto Unified School District officials will host a series of town hall meetings next month to update the community on voter-passed Measure Y.

The meetings are planned Sept. 11 inside the multipurpose room at Wilmer A. Carter High School, 2360 North Linden Avenue and Sept. 16 inside the Great Hall at Rialto High School, 595 S. Eucalyptus Avenue. Both are scheduled for 6 p.m.

 courtesy photo/rusd  A new state-of-the-art track and football field at Rialto High School was unveiled last year. The field was constructed through Measure Y funding.

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A new state-of-the-art track and football field at Rialto High School was unveiled last year. The field was constructed through Measure Y funding.

Officials are encouraging residents to attend the open forum-style meetings, which will allow for opportunities to speak about concerns, express opinions and pose questions regarding the November 2010 voter-approved measure, a $98 million General Obligation Bonds that allows the district funding for much needed facilities improvements at all RUSD schools, district officials said.

“GO (General Bonds) fund the construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation or replacement of school facilities, which includes the furnishing and equipping of schools,” said RUSD Interim Superintendent, Mohammad Z. Islam.

Since passed, 10 projects have been completed through

 courtesy photo  Renovations to Eisenhower High School’s science labs are among the several completed Measure Y projects. The renovations consisted of the addition of a teacher preparation/storage area, office/planning area, hoods for classroom science experiments, new countertops, built-in sinks and built-in sky lights.

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Renovations to Eisenhower High School’s science labs are among the several completed Measure Y projects. The renovations consisted of the addition of a teacher preparation/storage area, office/planning area, hoods for classroom science experiments, new countertops, built-in sinks and built-in sky lights.

Measure Y including the construction of a state-of-the-art track and football field at Rialto High School, rubberized playgrounds at elementary schools, classroom additions at several elementary and middle schools, swimming pool renovations and the addition of a culinary academy at Eisenhower High School.

The projects total $36,627,187. Thirteen Measure Y projects are still in the works, officials said, including the installation of security camera systems at 18 of its schools. Estimated cost for the projects is $54,791, 911.

GO Bonds are repaid through a property tax on all property located within RUSD’s boundaries.

“Similar to a home loan, these GO Bonds are repaid over time,” Islam said. “Our district values the input of our voters.”

Meeting agenda for the Measure Y town halls will discuss updates on the measure, projects accomplished, projects still in need of funding and future bond issuances. A question and answer forum will follow.

For more information on RUSD Measure Y projects, visit www.rialto.k12.ca.us.

Yazmin Alvarez is a reporter for Inland Empire Community Newspapers and can be reached at iecn.yazmin@gmail.gmail.com

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