Bond would make room at college

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.Officials will need to make their case to voters about the need to pass the $160 million bond, after the measure was put on the ballot Aug. 9 by the college board. The bond would require approval from more than 55 percent of voters to pass. That’s too low a threshold, and a two-thirds majority would be better, said Kris Vosburgh, executive director of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. “The entire bill will be paid by property owners, and hardest hit, of course, are the homeowners,” he said. “Because, unlike businesses who can make up some of their bond costs by raising prices, homeowners have no one to reach out to. … They’re stuck with the bill.” The college has about 18,000 students, and each semester about 1,200 are on waiting lists for required courses, according to officials. Officials also say that working adults are crowded out of night classes because full-time students take the night courses when the day courses fill up. Last semester, 309 day classes and 75 night classes completely filled during early registration. Priority goes to students who already have most of their required units under their belt, and are trying to graduate from the college, said Deborah Rio, director of admissions, records and online services. As the college prepares to build another facility in Canyon Country to complement its Valencia campus, it has the ability to hire more instructors if needed. “We can always hire more full-time faculty, that would be great,” Rio said. “But we do have to have a classroom to put that person in.” [email protected] (661) 257-5253160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VALENCIA – For years, students taking popular courses at College of the Canyons have sat on the floor or lined the walls on the first day of class. For students on a class waiting list, cramming into a over-capacity classroom lets them keep up with coursework until another student drops out and they’re added to the class, said Jim Schrage, dean of physical plant and facilities planning. But college officials believe those kinds of overcrowded conditions could be reduced if they manage to get a $160 million bond measure passed in November. Officials want the money to build classrooms, which they could fill with newly hired instructors. “We’re just becoming very popular, as well as just (having) more people in the Valley who are going to school,” Schrage said. “So it’s kind of a dog pile right now.” last_img read more