Undaunted by the failure of two local tax initiatives a few years ago, Las Virgenes Unified School District officials are studying their facility needs in anticipation of going to the voters again for funding.
District Supt. John F. Fitzpatrick said overcrowded campuses and ever-increasing enrollment make a local bond issue almost a necessity.
"Facility-wise, we need to do something," Fitzpatrick said. "We're kind of pushing at the seams now. We have a lot of portables on our campuses, and a lot of older facilities."
He cited Arthur E. Wright Middle School, which houses more than 1,650 students on a campus designed for 700, and the Agoura Hills site shared by Lindero Canyon Middle School and Yerba Buena Elementary School, with more than 1,800 students this year.
Officials hope to determine the full extent of the district's needs in coming months, and by December to send the idea to the school board for approval.