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July 16, 2020

PVUSD shows off summertime work

WATSONVILLE—Over the summer, Pajaro Valley Unified School District completed 65 maintenance, construction and upgrade projects to the tune of $30 million.

That was all thanks to Measure L, the $150 million bond approved by voters in 2012. That bond is nearing the end of its life, with just $30 million left.

The district has completed nearly 140 projects since the bond was approved.

On Wednesday, a group of 20 elected officials, district administrators and community members hopped aboard a school bus to take a tour of six of the schools that received summertime work: Aptos High, Mar Vista, Ohlone, Pajaro Middle, MacQuiddy and Ann Soldo.

Pajaro Middle School, for example, got new perimeter fencing, drought-tolerant plants and an updated quad, with new concrete. The school will soon get a new paint job, said PVUSD Chief Business Officer Joe Dominguez. 

The tour – and others like it held every year – are the district’s way of showcasing the work and assuring the community that the Measure L money is being well spent, said PVUSD Superintendent Michelle Rodriguez.

“This provides the community a hands-on opportunity to see what we’re doing,” she said. “It’s to ensure the community that we have been good stewards of the taxpayers’ money.”

For information on Measure L projects click here.

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