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Sylvan district eyes $12M bond sale

Sylvan Union School District trustees tonight will consider selling $12 million in bonds to modernize Somerset Middle School. The project is part of the $40 million school bond approved by voters in 2006.

Somerset has spent bond money to build a classroom building, multipurpose room and locker room, which were completed last year. Sylvan also used bonds to build a central kitchen for the district and buy a school site in the planned development known as Tivoli.

The next batch of general obligation bonds, which will be repaid through higher property taxes, will finance various Somerset improvements.

Many of those upgrades will be to make the 44-year-old campus comply with requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. They will include flattening door thresholds, widening doorways, replacing handles, altering restrooms, repairing paths and creating bleacher access for wheelchairs.

The funds also will pay to remove dry rot in the overhangs, replace roofs and gutters, fix the gym's heating and air conditioning system, dig a well and install a pump for field irrigation, paint the school's exterior and improve lighting throughout the Floyd Avenue campus.

The meeting is at 7 p.m. today at Orchard Elementary School, 1800 Wisdom Way, Modesto.

Bee staff writer J.N. Sbranti can be reached at jnsbranti@modbee.com or 578-2196.

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