Provost pushes college bond |

Provost pushes college bond

With less than two months to go before a March decision on a $394-million community college bond issue, the provost of Sierra College’s Nevada County campus is taking the plan directly to the voters.

A resolution supporting the bond for the Sierra Community College system was approved Tuesday night by the Grass Valley City Council, and a similar resolution is being crafted by council members in Nevada City. The resolutions join a number of endorsements for the bond, the first since the creation of the main Rocklin campus more than 40 years ago.

Provost Tina Ludutsky-Taylor said her road show is an important way to convince locals of the need to expand the services available at the Nevada County campus.

Approval of the bond would mean an additional $32 million for new buildings and technology on the Nevada County campus and would fund the expansion of its nursing program so that locals can finish their nursing requirements locally, without traveling to Rocklin.

There are plans for a performing arts center, flexible classroom space and the expansion of the campus public-safety training complex.

So far, so good, Ludutsky-Taylor said Tuesday. “The response has been so positive. It’s actually, although grueling, a lot of fun.”

Grass Valley Mayor Patti Ingram said the bond will “increase the daily student activity” of the campus, which serves 3,400 Nevada County students. The Sierra Community College System includes five campuses and more than 21,000 students.

An oversight committee will be assembled to ensure the money is spent as the voters mandate, Ludutsky-Taylor said.

If approved by at least 55 percent of the voters, the bond will cost property owners an additional $19 per $100,000 assessed value of their property.

Members of the Grass Valley/Nevada County Chamber of Commerce and firefighter organizations already have endorsed the bond measure, Ludutsky-Taylor said.

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