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LIVE COVERAGE: Del Mar College trustees discuss possible $289M bond issue at Tuesday meeting

June 10, 2014

By Dayna Worchel, Corpus Christi Caller-Times, Texas

June 10--CORPUS CHRISTI -- Del Mar College trustees on Tuesday will discuss a possible $289 million bond package for the fall election ballot in November.

College officials said the package includes plans to renovate and repair some of the buildings on the east and west campuses. Some of the east campus buildings were built in the 1940s and 1950s. Plans also call for a possible Southside campus at the corner of Yorktown and Rodd Field Road.

The new campus would have facilities dedicated for programs such as engineering technology and architecture technology. College officials say it is needed to accommodate the growing occupational and technological needs of the region.

The board is expected to make a final decision about placing the bond package on the November ballot by July. The college's last taxpayer supported bond election was passed in 2003 for $108 million and left about $100 million worth of needs on the table, said Claudia Jackson, executive director of strategic communication and government relations. All of the money from the previous bond election has been spent, Jackson said.

Texas community colleges receive no state or federal funding to build or maintain campus buildings or grounds, according to information received from the College.

Follow Reporter Dayna Worchel as she tweets live from the meeting in the boardroom. Twitter:@CallerWorchel.


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