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CSD buys into Valley View gym

By May 13, 2011

T he El Dorado Hills Community Services District will share the 9,079-square-foot gym at Buckeye Union School District’s new Valley View Elementary School.

At the May board meeting, the CSD Board approved spending $456,000 on the $3 million multi-use facility.

The CSD will have priority access to the gym after school and on weekends, at an upkeep cost of $11 an hour. “That’s just 15 percent of what it costs to operate our own facilities,” said CSD General Manager John Skeel.

The one time payment due in December 2012, and will be funded from the capital deficiency reserve.

El Dorado County District 1 Supervisor John Knight addressed the board in support of the project, and confirmed that residential building is picking up. “You’re going to get development fees, and don’t forget the ad velorum property tax,” he said.

Director Wayne Lowery reminded the board that the CSD’s master plan calls for several more gyms. “We’ll fall far short even if we approve this.”

He also cited the value of the strong working relationship the district has enjoyed with Buckeye Union School District, dating back to 1982. “It’s important that we continue to support that partnership.”

The school district secured state grants that cover roughly two-thirds of the total cost, with the balance split between the two local districts.

Construction of the new school will begin in June. It is scheduled to open in the fall of 2013.

CSD Recreation Supervisor Frank Sianez was delighted to have a new multipurpose room on the horizon. “This lets us grow the existing youth basketball and girls volleyball leagues, adult basketball and introduce new programs.”

Sianez also envisions boys volleyball, table tennis and possibly badminton in the new gym, as well as after-school programs.

In other matters, the board put off raising the codes covenants and restrictions (CC&R) fees for thee districts where revenue falls far short of expenses.

Adoption of the 2011-12 budget was also pushed to the June board meeting. Several questions were raised about anticipated property tax revenue, district head count and organization and how a new software package might streamline operations.

Mike Roberts


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