|September 24, 2003
WHO: All district residents
WHAT: Are invited to attend public forums to learn about and discuss a possible bond measure to improve and expand Gavilan College facilities. Three forums are planned, one each in Morgan Hill, Gilroy and Hollister. All residents are welcome to attend any of the forums. A member of the Board of Trustees will chair each meeting, assisted by Gavilan College President Steve Kinsella. The forums will include a brief presentation, followed by a question and answer period, and informal discussion.
Each forum will include:
1. Introduction of Bond Measure
2. Project List and Description of Projects
3. The need to Request Local Funding
4. Financial information About the Proposed Bond
Gilroy: Tuesday, September 30; 7 p.m - 9 p.m.
Student Center North/South Lounge, Gilroy Campus, 5055 Santa Teresa Blvd.
Hollister: Tuesday, October 7; 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
City Council Chambers, 375 5th Street, Hollister
Morgan Hill: Tuesday, October 14, 7 - 9p.m. (This will take place during the "Public Comments" section of the regularly scheduled Board meeting.)
Morgan Hill Unified School District Offices
WHY: The purpose of the forums is to give the public an opportunity to learn more about Gavilan College, including facilities needs, and plans for the future, and to share their ideas and opinions with college officials. The forum is "Stage 5" of the process for a bond measure laid out at the July 8 meeting of the Gavilan College Board of Trustees.
Gavilan College has been considering a bond measure to meet the current and future educational needs of district residents. The goals are to meet district needs by maximizing the use of current facilities, and adding facilities to accomodate future students. Since it's creation in the 1960's, the college has grown from serving 1,200 studnets to 6,100 students each semester. As the populations of district communities continue to grow, it is clear that current facilities will not be able to meet the challenges of the future. In addition, the present campus was built before computers and the internet became an integral part of instruction and day to day operations. The facilites have inadequate infrastructure to handle the modern technology that is now required. Many aspects of the campus pose a safety hazard, due to years of insufficient maintainance funding by the state, increased nighttime use of the campus, and much heavier traffic on campus roads and walkways.Changes have occured to the law as well, requiring facilities updates to provide full access for people with disabilities. The original campus was not designed for all-day, year-round use. Most buildings are not air conditioned and cannot be safely used for year-round afternoon instruction, which is required if we are to maximize the use of facilities.