At their meeting on September 17, the Orange County Board of Supervisors approved the sale of Garden Grove Unified School District’s bonds that will fund the modernization of school sites, most of which have not been renovated in more than 50 years. Supervisors Janet Nguyen, John M.W. Moorlach, and Patricia C. Bates voted in favor of the sale.
In 2010, 63.8% of voters passed Measure A bond program, approving the district-wide modernization of schools that would have a direct impact on the education and safety of some of the county’s most disadvantaged students.
With the money from the bond sales and the resulting $180 million in matching state funds, school facilities will be modernized to ensure a secure and updated infrastructure. The modernization effort will provide long-overdue upgrades to electrical and plumbing. Additionally, aging schools will be updated to ensure Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance, safety gates and panic hardware will be installed on doors to help keep students safe during emergencies, fire systems will be improved, and the new technology infrastructure will support wireless access.
Dr. George E. West, GGUSD Board of Education President, stated, “I appreciate the support from a majority of the Board of Supervisors in approving the timely sale of our Measure A school bonds. This will ensure that $180 million in matching state funds will be available to the district and that we will be able to complete our remaining school modernization projects.”
“Garden Grove Unified School District is extremely grateful to Supervisors Nguyen, Moorlach, and Bates, who honored the will of the voters by approving this sale,” stated Dr. Gabriela Mafi, GGUSD Superintendent. “Our GGUSD students, staff, and parents have overwhelmingly supported and are very deserving of this this long-awaited modernization.”