While the official vote won't come until Aug. 7, members of the San Ramon Valley school board seem poised to bring a $260 million bond issue to voters this November.
Though every member is in favor of the bond measure, they were less supportive of the idea that payback could be stretched to as long as 40 years. Their hope is to bring payoff down to 30 years at most.
"I don't want to leave the impression that it's a 40-year payback," said Ken Mintz, board vice president.
Board President Greg Marvel agreed.
"I do want to understand why we would need that flexibility," Marvel said. "Why would we want to put language in that would be used against us by those who would oppose the bond? Because they will use it against us."
Marvel pointed out that a citizen's committee came up as much a $400 million in needed projects, but that was narrowed down to $260 as a more workable number.
The bond would be used for technology infrastructure improvements -- equipment, cables and software -- for schools, as well as new classrooms to prevent overcrowding and to help make sure kids can go to schools in their own neighborhood.
It would also go toward modernizing classrooms and science labs, to improve energy efficiency and add earthquake, fire and security improvements, as well as other projects to help schools stay safe and well maintained.
A complete list of the projects to be included in the bond measure can be found here.
The bond would cost, on average, $27.75 per $100,000 of assessed value, although the amount per year would vary from a low of $23.70 to a high of $38.90 per $100,000.
The board also made it clear that, combined with outstanding bonds from Measure D and Measure A, the total would not be expected to rise above $75 per $100,000 of assessed value.
After the 2030-31 school year, with the payoff of Measure A completed, the total amount is expected to drop.
About 23 people turned out for the discussion, to the surprise of one of the two people who spoke.
That audience member said he thought the board decided how much of a bond the community would support, "then backed into it."
At least one of those in the audience said many more can be expected when the board votes to approve moving ahead with the bond measure and the election.
The August 7 meeting is scheduled to begin at approximately 8:45 a.m.