FACILITIES & PROJECT INFORMATION
On May 24th, 2022, the Amador County Unified School District Board of Trustees voted to approve school consolidation which combines our 2 high schools into one consolidated high school and our 2 junior high schools into one consolidated junior high school. This section of the website will be updated as site plans are created and as progress is made toward consolidation.
The consolidated high school and consolidated junior high school are set to open in August 2025.
Consolidated High School
Consolidated High School Conceptual Plan
Ione Junior High Conversion to Ione Elementary
Ione Elementary School Conceptual Plan
Certificate of Participation (COP) Information
Measure H did not pass on November 8, 2022. Without access to bond funds, to reconfigure campuses and consolidate student populations at higher grade levels – improving the quality of education provided to all students and resulting in gained efficiencies and corresponding cost savings – the District will need to finance facilities projects to increase classroom capacity at Argonaut High School. The proposed addition of a 10-classroom wing and student support facilities at Argonaut will allow for consolidation of Amador High School, placing all high school students in the County at a single campus. The District can finance $15 million of the facilities project costs utilizing Certificates of Participation (COP). Concurrently, the District will examine all facilities needs qualifying for potential State funding through the School Facilities Program (SFP) and, to the extent any of the components of the planned new classroom wing at Argonaut High School are eligible, the 2023 COP will provide matching funds for such SFP funds, in addition to providing the primary source of project funding.
The proposed 2023 COP would provide up to $15 million for projects through an offering of public debt backed by a lease of District property. The proposed lease asset would be Amador High School, although it may be that an alternative site could be required pending title reports. The lease paid by the District would be structured to prepay interest for a period of 18 months, delaying the first ‘out-of-pocket’ payment until after projects have be completed. It is estimated that annual lease repayments of $1,245,000 per year will be required for approximately 18.5 years after prepaid interest is exhausted. Such payments can be made from any legally available resource and are a pledge of the District’s General Fund.
The consolidation is projected to generate annual savings of $1,300,000 in 2022-23 dollars, and should grow with annual cost inflation, mitigating the impact of 2023 COP repayments. Additionally, District staff believe the cost of repayment can be accommodated in future budgets.
The action to approve the 2023 COP allows for up to $16.75 million in principal amount for the 2023 COP to accommodate a reserve fund, issuance costs and prepaid (or “capitalized”) interest. Depending on market dynamics and the desired redemption provisions for the 2023 COPs, the District may be able to generate additional premiums on the sale of the 2023 COP and reduce the principal amount; however, either way this will ultimately have little impact of the actual repayment requirement amounts. Furthermore, action to approve the issuance of the 2023 COP does not commit the District to an issuance, but does authorize continuation of the issuance process.
SCHOOL BOND INFORMATION
Measure H did not pass on November 8, 2022. Most of the District schools were built in the 1950s and 1960s. Their critical systems and infrastructure are reaching the end of their useful life. The district still plans on bringing another bond to the ballot in the future and hopes to eventually complete the projects that were initially planned as part of Measure H.
School bond funds would:
- Repair and replace leaky and deteriorating roofs
- Improve, upgrade, or replace outdated electrical, plumbing, sewer, heating, and air conditioning systems
- Upgrade science, computer, and career technical education labs and facilities
- Repair, modernize, and improve old classrooms and facilities, and replace outdated, temporary portables
- Maintain and improve six existing elementary schools in the communities they currently serve
- Build new facilities at consolidated schools to expand programs at the middle and high school campuses, better preparing all students for vocational jobs, college, and careers
Amador Consolidated High School
Amador Consolidated High School Master Plan
Jackson Elementary School
Jackson Elementary School Site Master Plan
Ione Elementary School
Ione Elementary School Site Master Plan
Sutter Creek Elementary School
Sutter Creek Elementary School Site Master Plan
Projects In Progress
- Argonaut High School has a brand new turf field, with another in progress at Amador High School.
Recently Completed Projects
- There are brand-new, state-funded Special Education buildings at Argonaut High School, Plymouth Elementary School, and Jackson Junior High School.
- HVAC systems have been installed in the gyms at Argonaut High School, Jackson Junior High School, and Ione Junior High School.
If you have questions about current or future facilities projects, please contact the Business office.
Facilities Utilization Master Plan
A Facilities Utilization Master Plan is a document that serves as a reference upon which decisions are made for future facility needs. Facilities planning requires building and modernizing schools for a rapidly changing tomorrow. With this in mind, planners should consider educational needs projected into a future that will serve the needs of all students.
Facilities planning involves research, consultation with experts, and a process that is broad-based. The most successful school planning is one that is continual in the process of planning over time. A plan that has built-in flexibility based on reasonable data and a keen understanding of the students served by the district is necessary.
Due to limited facility construction funding from the state level and minimal local funding availability, realistic expectations must be applied to future modernization, new construction, and replacement projects.
This Facilities Utilization Master Plan, as all master plans, is not intended to answer all questions, nor circumvent future thinking. This master plan provides a foundation and will need to be flexible to the ever-changing environment of the student population, curriculum, and the economic environment.
Included in this Facilities Utilization Master Plan is relevant information such as the educational program, the educational facilities, the condition of the facilities, demographics, and identification of possible funding sources.
Facilities Utilization Master Plan – February 2022 – PDF
Facilities Maintenance Plans
The Facilities Maintenance Plan provides an overview of the maintenance of all buildings, grounds, equipment, for fourteen (14) sites and identifies objectives of the maintenance program for Amador County Unified School District (ACUSD) and Amador County Office of Education (ACOE). In addition, it represents the Routine Restricted Maintenance Account and Deferred Maintenance Accounts.
2021-2022 Facilities Maintenance Plan – PDF
2020-2021 Facilities Maintenance Plan – PDF
2019-2020 Facilities Maintenance Plan – PDF
Facilities Inspection System Reports
The Facilities Inspection System Report comprises an evaluation of all of the schools throughout the district. Serving as the uniform definition of good repair, the Facilities Inspection Tool (FIT) is intended to be used by school officials in ensuring that all California school children have access to clean, safe, and functional school facilities. The FIT is designed to identify areas of a school site that are in need of repair based upon a visual inspection of the site. Numerous categories are evaluated including, but not limited to, mechanical systems, sewer, interior surfaces, electrical, restrooms, fire safety, structural damage, roofs, and playgrounds. Many of the areas of need identified in the report will be addressed in the coming weeks in months as this report will be used by the maintenance department to improve conditions for the coming years. Properly maintaining this report and addressing the needs will provide the district with the potential to apply for state-funded facilities projects through the School Facility Program.
Amador County Public Schools 2020-2021 Facility Inspection System – PDF
California Uniform Public Construction Cost Accounting Act (CUPCCAA)
Amador County Public Schools uses Quality Bidders for the CUPCCAA-compliant bidding process. To submit an application for approval, please visit the link below:
Quality Bidders Instructions for Contractors – PDF
If you have any questions please contact:
- The Argonaut High School Culinary Arts classroom renovation is complete. Students at Argonaut High School now have access to a state-of-the-art culinary facility.
- New, modern, ADA-compliant bleachers are installed in the Amador and Argonaut High School gymnasiums.
- The Argonaut High School track renovation is complete. Argonaut High School now has a competition-level facility.