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Special District

McFarland Unified School District
Measure B Bond Measure - 55% Approval Required

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Election Results

Passed

836 votes yes (58.54%)

592 votes no (41.46%)

100% of precincts reporting (9/9).

To modernize/construct classrooms, restrooms/school facilities to improve the quality of education; repair/replace roofs; construct multi-purpose room/cafeteria at McFarland High; repair, construct, acquire classrooms, sites/equipment, shall the McFarland Unified School District measure be adopted to issue $30,000,000 of bonds at legal rates, levy on average $5.1 cents per $100 assessed value, generating approximately $1,850,000 annually while bonds are outstanding, with annual audits, independent citizens' oversight, NO money for salaries, all money staying local?

What is this proposal?

Details — Official information

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against

Arguments FOR

The schools at McFarland Unified School District are the cornerstones of our community and should be our number one priority. Quality schools improve student achievement, increase property values, prepare children for productive futures, and create greater neighborhood safety. Our teachers and staff do an excellent job educating local children, but some of McFarland Unified School District's facilities are inadequate to provide them with the educational, communal, and physical educational opportunities our students deserve. If passed, Measure B will allow for the building of a facility that will enable are students to have lunch indoors away from the elements and allow the school district to host community events under one roof.

As a key asset in our community, we need McFarland Unified School District to continue to be a major resource for our children. If we invest in our schools, we can construct a multi-purpose room at McFarland High for school and community use that will meet health, safety and handicapped accessibility requirements as well as improve educational standards and further enrich the community of McFarland.

If passed, Measure B will make critical facility improvements to our schools by:

·         Constructing a multi-purpose room at McFarland High for school and community use

·         Repairing or replacing leaky roofs

·         Modernizing/constructing classrooms, restrooms, and school facilities

·         Construct/improve campus parking.

·         Make health, safety and security improvements.
Measure B makes financial sense and protects taxpayers:

·         All funds must be spent locally and cannot be taken by the state or used for teacher or administrator salaries.

·         By law, spending must be reviewed and annually audited by an independent citizens' oversight committee.

Measure B will construct facilities to increase the educational opportunities for our students and improve the quality of our community. That's something we can all support. Please join us and VOTE YES ON MEASURE B!

"The undersigned proponents of the primary argument in favor of ballot proposition Measure B at the regularly scheduled election for the McFarland Unified School District to be held on March 3, 2020, hereby state that this argument is true and correct to the best of their knowledge and belief"

Signed: _______________            Dated December 16, 2019

— https://kernvote.com/

Read the proposed legislation

Proposed legislation

The following is the full proposition presented to the voters by the McFarland Unified School District. 

“To modernize/construct classrooms, restrooms/school facilities to improve the quality of education; repair/replace roofs; construct multi-purpose room/cafeteria at McFarland High; repair, construct, acquire classrooms, sites/equipment, shall the McFarland Unified School District measure be adopted to issue $30,000,000 of bonds at legal rates, levy on average $5.1 cents per $100 assessed value, generating approximately $1,850,000 annually while bonds are outstanding, with annual audits, independent citizens’ oversight, NO money for salaries, all money staying local?” 

PROJECT LIST 

The Board of Trustees of the McFarland Unified School District is committed to safe and secure schools with upgraded classrooms to keep pace with 21st century learning standards.  The Board evaluated the District’s urgent and critical facility needs, including safety issues, class size and computer and information technology in developing the scope of projects to be funded, as such are described below and also outlined in the District’s facilities Master Plan, which is incorporated herein by reference in its entirety (the “Master Plan”) and is available at www.mcfarlandusd.com.  The District conducted a facilities evaluation and received public input in developing this Project List.  Teachers, staff, community members and the Board have prioritized the key health and safety needs so that the most critical facility needs are addressed.  The Board concluded that if these needs are not addressed now, the problems will only become more pressing and expensive to address.  In approving this Project List, the Board of Trustees determines that the District should adhere to specific FINANCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY safeguards including: 

          (a) Sacramento must be prohibited from taking any of the funds raised,

          (b) All expenditures must be subject to annual independent financial audits,

          (c) No funds can be used for administrators’ salaries and pensions,

          (d) All funds must be subject to local control,

          (e) An independent citizens’ oversight committee must be appointed to ensure that all funds are spent only as authorized. 

 

The Project List includes upgrades and improvements at all District sites and facilities as described below:   

  • Repair or replace leaky or aging roofs.
  • Install shade structures.
  • Modernize/repair/replace outdated classrooms, restrooms and school facilities. 
  • Construct/improve campus parking.
  • Make health, safety and security improvements.
  • Construct a school cafeteria/multi-purpose room at McFarland High School for school and community use. 

In addition to the projects listed above, the repair and renovation of each of the existing school facilities may include, but not be limited to, some or all of the following: repair and replace electrical, plumbing, heating, ventilation and air conditioning  systems; upgrade of facilities for energy efficiencies; repair and replace worn-out and deteriorated windows, walls, drinking fountains, floors, doors and locking systems; construct or renovate facilities for more efficient administration and multipurpose learning spaces; install wiring and electrical systems to safely accommodate computers, technology and other electrical devices; upgrade or construct support facilities including administrative, physical education, music, art, performing and fine arts classrooms or facilities, central kitchen, science and computer labs/classrooms, libraries, amphitheater and maintenance facilities and yards; repair and replace fire alarms, emergency communications and security systems; improve facilities to satisfy ADA requirements; resurface or replace asphalt, broken concrete and improve hard courts, turf and irrigation/drainage systems and campus landscaping; install signage, marquees, solar panels or other energy efficiency systems; expand/improve parking, student walkways and drop-off areas; improve all site utilities; acquire land; construct new classrooms and school buildings and schools; upgrade or replace interior and exterior painting, floor covering (including carpets and tile), and school facades; demolition; upgrade/replace kitchens, food service, and school cafeterias; construct various forms of storage and support spaces and classrooms; improve outdoor learning environments; repair, upgrade and install interior and exterior lighting systems; improve, repair and construct playgrounds, play structures, and athletic fields and facilities; install, relocate or replace portable classrooms; acquire vehicles, trucks, vans and buses; replace outdated security fences and security systems (including access control systems), provide lunch shelters and indoor space for assemblies or for rainy day lunch; upgrade music labs, learning centers and media centers; add or upgrade parking lots.  In addition to the listed projects stated above, the Project List also includes the acquisition of a variety of instructional, maintenance and operational equipment; the reduction or retirement of outstanding lease obligations and interim funding incurred to advance fund projects from the Project List; payment of the costs of preparation of all facility planning, facility studies, assessment reviews, facility master plan preparation and updates, environmental studies (including environmental investigation, remediation and monitoring), design and construction documentation, and temporary housing of dislocated District activities caused by construction projects.  The upgrading of technology infrastructure includes, but is not limited to, network rewiring, cabling, computers, portable interface devices, servers, switches, routers, modules, sound projection systems, laser printers, digital white boards, document projectors, upgrade voice-over-IP, clock/telephone/ intercom systems, call manager and network security/firewall, wireless technology systems, refresh classroom technology, miscellaneous IT and instructional equipment, data storage, phones, identity cards and the construction and installation of a data center in the cloud for the District’s enterprise systems, such as resource planning, websites, domain name systems, cloud applications and information security.  

The budget for each project is an estimate and may be affected by factors beyond the District’s control.  The final cost of each project will be determined as plans and construction documents are finalized, construction bids are received, construction contracts are awarded and projects are completed.  Based on the final costs or operational feasibility of each project, certain of the projects described above may be delayed or may not be completed.  Demolition of portable classrooms and existing facilities and reconstruction of facilities scheduled for repair and upgrade may occur, if the Board determines that such an approach would be more cost-effective in creating more enhanced and operationally efficient campuses.  Necessary site preparation/restoration may occur in connection with new construction, renovation or remodeling, or installation or removal of relocatable classrooms, including ingress and egress, removing, replacing, or installing irrigation or drainage systems, utility lines, trees and landscaping, relocating fire access roads, and acquiring any necessary easements, licenses, or rights of way to the property.  The listed projects will be completed as needed.   

Each project is assumed to include its share of furniture, equipment, architectural, engineering, and similar planning costs, program/project management, staff training expenses and a customary contingency for unforeseen design and construction costs.  Proceeds of the bonds may be used to pay or reimburse the District for the cost of District staff when performing administrative work on or necessary and incidental to bond projects.  Bond proceeds shall only be expended for the types of projects and purposes identified herein.  The District shall create an account into which proceeds of the bonds shall be deposited and comply with the reporting requirements of Government Code § 53410.  

FINANCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY:  IN ACCORDANCE WITH EDUCATION CODE SECTION 15272, THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES WILL APPOINT A CITIZENS’ OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE AND CONDUCT ANNUAL INDEPENDENT AUDITS TO ASSURE THAT FUNDS ARE SPENT ONLY ON DISTRICT PROJECTS AND FOR NO OTHER PURPOSE. THE EXPENDITURE OF BOND MONEY ON THESE PROJECTS IS SUBJECT TO STRINGENT FINANCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY REQUIREMENTS.  BY LAW, PERFORMANCE AND FINANCIAL AUDITS WILL BE PERFORMED ANNUALLY, AND ALL BOND EXPENDITURES WILL BE MONITORED BY AN INDEPENDENT CITIZENS’ OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE TO ENSURE THAT FUNDS ARE SPENT AS PROMISED AND SPECIFIED.  THE CITIZENS’ OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE MUST INCLUDE, AMONG OTHERS, REPRESENTATION OF A BONA FIDE TAXPAYERS ASSOCIATION, A BUSINESS ORGANIZATION AND A SENIOR CITIZENS ORGANIZATION.  NO DISTRICT EMPLOYEES OR VENDORS ARE ALLOWED TO SERVE ON THE CITIZENS’ OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE. 

No Administrator Salaries:  Proceeds from the sale of the bonds authorized by this proposition shall be used only for the acquisition, construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, or replacement of school facilities, including the furnishing and equipping of school facilities, and not for any other purpose, including teacher and school administrator salaries and other operating expenses.

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