KCCD Trustee Bill Thomas

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Bakersfield College will receive the lion’s share of a $502.8 million bond measure voters passed in November, district trustees decided Monday.

Kern Community College District’s flagship campus, which serves 20,000 students annually, will receive about $415 million for renovations, construction and modernization of facilities through Measure J. Porterville and Cerro Coso colleges will get almost $44 million each.

Allocations were assessed by determining which colleges had the largest student populations dependent on buildings, rather than online courses, and which buildings were in worse shape, Chancellor Thomas Burke said.

A Facility Condition Index, the standard to determining the life of buildings used by the State Chancellor’s Office, shows that BC’s buildings are the worst in the district. Its index hovers around 53 points, with Porterville College’s index around 49. Cerro Coso has a 24.1 FCI.

“Cerro Coso’s facilities are in much better shape than Porterville’s, and especially Bakersfield’s,” said KCCD Trustee Bill Thomas, who helped develop the allocations and played an integral role in the bond’s Blue Ribbon Committee before becoming a board member.

Additionally, 93 percent of BC’s students enroll in courses on campus, rather than online. Other colleges had lower percentages.

“They rely on buildings to meet student demand,” Burke said.

If district officials move forward developing a satellite campus in Arvin, funds would come from BC’s $415 million share.

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