IVC trying anew for science building bond?

May 11, 2001|By LAURA MACKENZIE, Staff Writer

After failed attempts in recent years to pass bond measures, the Imperial Valley College is considering another bond measure to update or renovate its science building.

Gilbert Dominguez, IVC superintendent and president, said administration members met Tuesday to discuss the issue.

"We looked at ideas and options for improving the current lab through renovation or expansion," said Dominguez.

He said issues discussed included starting a task force, assessing the community for their support of such a measure, the status of existing bonds in the community and the possibility of hiring consultants.

"We're just talking, brainstorming and trying to get our ducks lined up," he said.

Dominguez said strategies discussed included to "get everyone's buy-in from the campus first, then get community input and membership."

He said concerns from the last failed bond measure were addressed at the meeting.

Dominguez said a survey would probably be done "to see what the sense of the community is."


Two larger bond measures to fund larger-scale improvements were turned down by local voters in the late 1990s.

The upcoming bond measure probably would not be placed on November's ballot, and Dominguez said there is no time frame to try to get the measure on the ballot.

"If it's only for one building, rather than more, it might not take as much time," he said.

Dominguez mentioned plumbing being a problem in the current facilities as well as "outmoded desktops and sinks."

"It's really in bad shape," he said.

While the current facilities are "workable," Dominguez said they are "not up to standard."

The poor facilities affect students who "transfer to other colleges, as well as those students whose high school facilities were in better shape than the college's," Dominguez said.

The bond measure would focus solely on the science building. Dominguez said the college would probably seek a general obligation bond.

Legally, a general obligation bond may only be used for construction, so the college would probably seek grants or another bond to cover new or updated lab equipment.

"We're just at the talking stages now," said Dominguez of figuring out the details.

Members of the task force have not yet been named, and Dominguez said he hopes to have a variety of people involved.

He said he hopes to have a well-balanced committee of "community people, consultants and students."

Dominguez said students and classified employees were absent from the meeting, although they were invited to attend.

He encouraged community members, students and all college employees to attend the next meeting June 27 in the boardroom at the college.

Staff Writer Laura MacKenzie can be reached at 337-3442.

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