WEST WHITTIER – Los Nietos School District board members, at a special study session tonight, will discuss a possible multimillion-dollar bond measure next year to upgrade facilities. Nothing has yet been decided, said Superintendent Lillian French, but the board has previously considered a bond to pay for badly needed repairs. “This is the second or third \ study session we’ve had, and right now we’re really just focusing on the timeline,” French said. “We really do want to take advantage of the state bond monies that are available. “We’ve exhausted all of our modernization money, so our facilities are now at a point where we need to consider doing something.” Last year, the board voted 3-2 to place a bond measure on the November 2006 ballot. But the move prompted a series of anti-bond rallies and protests by teachers. Two board members, Nicholas Aquino and Art Escobedo, voted against it. Ultimately, the board majority of Oscar Payan, Diana Villalba and Grisel Vasquez reversed the decision and decided not to pursue a bond. The Los Nietos Teachers Association also opposed the proposal. Carroll McCrory, the association’s co-president, said teachers felt the board was moving too fast. “But now they’re doing a study and following the proper procedure to decide if a bond is something we can support here in the community,” McCrory said. “I feel better about that.” The Los Nietos district is the oldest operating school district in the state. The infrastructure, such as water pipes and electrical systems, is just as old, officials said. “They are the kinds of things you can’t see but are very important for running a good facility,” French said. Aquino said he has no problem with this year’s bond discussion “as long as we follow the process.” The maximum bond amount the district could try for is about $30 million, Aquino said. And the infrastructure is “absolutely the most pressing need we have,” he said. “We had gas leaks at Aeolian and electrical problems at the middle school, and we need to address those issues,” Aquino said. “It’s something that needs to be done.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!