School district spending money to clear old projects with the state

Andra Belknap, Ojai Valley News reporter

Measure J spending has largely been put on hold while the Ojai Unified School District Board decides the future of the district's five elementary schools.

Still, some work was done on the OUSD campuses during the summer months.

The District spent approximately $430,000 of its $35 million in Measure J funds on maintenance projects at Nordhoff High School, Matilija Junior High School and each elementary school campus except for Summit Elementary School.

The bond funds are not going solely toward new projects, however.

Assistant Superintendent Andy Cantwell expects the District will spend between $100,000 and $250,000 to confirm the completion of school construction projects dating back to the 1980s.

According to the California Division of the State Architect (DSA), 12 OUSD school construction projects have not been property certified. In the fall of 2015, OUSD had 31 uncertified projects on file with DSA that dated back to 1988, said Cantwell.

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