The best thing to do for some of Hesperia Unified's oldest campuses may be to close them, at least temporarily.


Superintendent Mark McKinney floated the notion at a workshop held Monday evening, where the district and school board discussed objectives for the 2011-2012 school year and beyond.


Modernizing some of the HUSD's decades-old campuses is made more difficult by the presence of students, especially at elementary campuses, but the district -- which has just completed its biggest building boom in its history -- could temporarily move those students elsewhere during renovation. For legal reasons, the school would have to remain "open" -- the students couldn't be merged into another school's student body, as the state would consider the school closed instead -- just moved.


"The criteria is based on the age of the buildings, not the site," said Carmen Becker, the district's Director of Purchasing, Warehouse, Property Control & Facilities, on Tuesday. "So, permanent buildings over 25 years and portable buildings over 20 years are eligible for modernization funds."


The funds are based on the number of students at each site, and range from $3,400 to $4,800 per grant.


"Currently, we have six sites that have buildings that are eligible for modernization funding," Becker said. "Joshua Circle Elementary, Mesa Grande Elementary, Juniper Elementary, Kingston Elementary, Hesperia Junior High School and Hesperia High School.


But the modernizations aren't likely to happen soon.


"Currently, there are funds available under the state modernization program," said Becker, "but the district has to have its 40 percent match to the state's 60 percent. Currently, we don't have funds available for our match."


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