Chancellor Cindy L. Miles hailed Proposition V’s passage as East County’s endorsement of the college district’s excellent stewardship of public dollars as demonstrated by Proposition R, the $207 million facilities bond passed in 2002. Money from Proposition R, along with state funds, allowed for the construction or renovation of 13 major facilities, transforming the Grossmont and Cuyamaca College campuses into modern, high-tech centers of learning.
“Thanks to East County voters, the district will be able to continue the progress of Prop. R by providing the buildings, technology and infrastructure to meet students’ needs for the next two decades,” Miles said.
Proposition V was the outcome of a two-year planning process during which a facilities master plan was developed, identifying more than $600 million in facility needs at the two campuses, which enroll about 28,000 students. Phase two, which further refines the facilities plans, is expected to be completed next spring. In the final phase, detailed architectural drawings for the campus facilities will be created.
Money from Prop. V will be used to create veterans support centers at both colleges, as well as an East County Workforce Solutions Training Center. Prop. V funds will also be used to renovate and expand educational and career training facilities for science, medical, public safety, green technology and other fields. In addition, technology upgrades and energy-efficiency measures will be put in place as a way to reduce operational costs and to direct the savings to classroom instruction.
A key step in the Proposition V construction plan is the Governing Board’s appointment of a citizens bond oversight committee made up of East County residents with expertise in construction, procurement and finance, as well as representatives of business and taxpayer organizations.