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KUSD Board approves issuance of first bond

The Kingman Unified School District Governing Board conduct business Tuesday night during its monthly meeting. From left are Bill Goodale, Pat Carlin Jr., Terri McMullen and Charles Lucero. TERRY ORGAN/Miner

The Kingman Unified School District Governing Board conduct business Tuesday night during its monthly meeting. From left are Bill Goodale, Pat Carlin Jr., Terri McMullen and Charles Lucero. TERRY ORGAN/Miner

KINGMAN - Members of the Kingman Unified School District Governing Board approved an amount of $10 million Tuesday night for the first issuance of bonds in the spring to begin raising funds for construction projects and renovations in the district over the next five years.

Nine priority projects were identified during the board's meeting last month. Heading that list is construction of a new central kitchen and warehouse, and renovations to the bus yard on MacDonald Avenue.

In November, voters approved an $80 million bond issue to pay for the many projects.

"I'm not recommending that we go for the full $20 million (previously discussed for first issuance of bonds)," Superintendent Maurice Flores said.

"But we should begin to appropriate some funds for projects now," Flores said.

Terry White, district business manager, said bond issuances are not limited in number.

However, member Bill Goodale said he would hate to see money sit in bank accounts, particularly in light of the fact that a project manager is not yet on board.

"I'd like to wait until we see how many projects we can do," Goodale said. "I'm concerned about taxpayers paying taxes on bonds not issued."

White said it would be six to seven weeks from first issuance before any funds would be deposited in the county treasurer's office.

Roger Jacks, district human resources director, said the project manager should be on board by the third week of this month.

"I want that manager to have a budget to begin work with, so we should approve something now," board member Charles Lucero said.

Board President Pat Carlin Jr. said the district should begin moving forward on the cafeteria and bus yard expansion project now. Even though construction would not start immediately on either project, money would be needed for architecture and design plans, he said.

Goodale said he wants projects to move ahead, but at the same time, he wants the district to be prudent with taxpayer money.

Carlin, Lucero and member Terri McMullen approved Flores' request with only Goodale casting a no vote.

Board member Margaret McBee was absent from the meeting due to illness.

Members also approved a Statement of Agreement with the American Red Cross.

It would permit the use of schools as emergency shelters during snowstorms or other unforeseen situations in which parents or travelers need temporary shelter.

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