Hancock board of trustees approve $75 million bond for campus upgrades for safety

Posted at 11:59 AM, Jun 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-16 14:59:58-04

The Allan Hancock College Board of Trustees voted Friday to place a bond measure on the November ballot.

The measure is a $75 million bond to replace old buildings.

"This is not an issue of us not maintaining the buildings," said the university president, Kevin G. Walthers, Ph.D. "Our facilities crews go above and beyond the call of duty. This is an issue that the buildings are 55 years old. They are passed their useful life." 

The school board wants to use the funds to build a fine arts complex, upgrade the public safety training complex and improve campus technology.

"When I showered in the women’s locker room, it was a nightmare,"  said Ambria Eidsen, a women’s water polo player and active member of the United States Navy. "The water wasn’t warm. It wasn’t even slightly warm and most of the shower heads don’t work. The pipes in the building are rusty and old. It definitely needs an upgrade."

The measure will require 55 percent approval in the election.