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Oakland Unified School District
Measure Y Bond Measure - 55% Approval Required

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Shall Oakland Unified School District's measure to issue $735 million in bonds for: classroom repair and school safety improvements including upgrading classrooms, science labs, and technology; improving student safety and security; repairing bathrooms, electrical systems, and plumbing/sewers; and improving energy efficiency/earthquake safety; at legal rates, levying about $60 per $100,000 of assessed value, raising an average of $48.5 million annually for approximately 30 years, with citizens' oversight, audits, and no money for administrator salaries be adopted?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Impartial analysis / Proposal

DONNA R. ZIEGLER County Counsel

ANALYSIS BY THE COUNTY COUNSEL FOR THE COUNTY OF ALAMEDA OF AN OAKLAND UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT BOND MEASURE 

Measure __ (“Measure”), an Oakland Unified School District (“District”) bond Measure, seeks voter approval to authorize the District to issue and sell bonds of up to seven hundred thirty-five million dollars ($735,000,000) in aggregate principal amount.   

Pursuant to provisions of the California Constitution and the California Education Code, if 55% of those who vote on the Measure vote “yes,” the District will be authorized to issue bonds in the amount noted above.  Approval of this Measure will authorize a levy on the assessed value of taxable property within the District by an amount needed to pay the principal and interest on these bonds in each year that the bonds are outstanding.  

California Education Code Section 15100 restricts the use of the proceeds from the bonds sale to construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation or replacement of school facilities, and the acquisition of real property for school facilities.   In addition, proceeds may only be used for the projects listed in the Measure.   This Measure provides that its proceeds will fund projects outlined in the Measure (reproduced in the sample ballot) that include district-wide and site specific projects.  The district-wide projects include, among others, repairing existing school sites, seismic retrofits, upgrading school facilities, and improving energy efficiency.   The site-specific projects include similar improvements at specific schools throughout the district.  Proceeds may not be used for any other purpose, such as administrator salaries.   

The Tax Rate Statement for this Measure in this Voter Pamphlet reflects the District’s best estimates, based upon currently available data and projections, of the property tax rates required to service the bonds.  The best estimate of the highest tax rate required to be levied to fund the bonds is six cents per $100 ($60 per $100,000) of the assessed valuation in fiscal year 2027-2028.  The best estimate of the average tax rate required to be levied to fund the bonds over the entire duration of the bond debt service is 5.3 cents per $100 ($53 per $100,000) of the assessed valuation.  The final fiscal year anticipated to collect the tax is 2049-50, and the total debt service estimate to repay all of the bonds (including principal and interest) is $1,400,000,000. 

An independent citizens’ oversight committee will monitor the bond expenditures. 

If 55% of those voting on this Measure do not vote for approval, the Measure will fail and the District will not be authorized to issue the bonds.  

This Measure is placed on the ballot by the District’s governing board. 

DONNA R. ZIEGLER County Counsel 

The above statement is an impartial analysis of Measure __, which is printed in full in this sample ballot pamphlet.  If you desire an additional copy of the Measure, please call the Elections Official's office at (510) 272-6933 and a copy will be mailed at no cost to you.  You may also access the full text of the Measure on the Alameda County website at the following address: www.acvote.org.  

Tax rate

An election will be held in the Oakland Unified School District ("District") on November 3, 2020, to authorize the sale of up to $735,000,000 in general obligation bonds ("bond") of the District. If the bond proposition ("proposition") is approved, the District expects to issue the bonds in multiple series over time. The following information is provided in compliance with Sections 9400 through 9405 of the California Elections Code.

1. Principal and interest on the bonds will be payable from the proceeds of tax levies made upon the taxable property in the District. The proceeds from the sale of bonds authorized by the proposition will benefit the community by providing financing for the school facilities projects described in the proposition.

2. The proposition imposes a tax on taxable property in the District. The tax rate to be levied for the bonds for any given year is generally equal to the debt service on the bonds in such year divided by the assessed value of taxable property within the District for such year.

3. The best estimate of the average annual tax rate that would be required to be levied to fund this bond issue over the entire duration of the bond debt service, based on assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement, is 5.3 cents per $100 ($53 per$100,000) of assessed valuation.

4. The best estimate of the highest tax rate that would be required to be levied to fund this bond issue, based on estimated assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement, is 6 cents per $100 ($60 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2027-28.

5. The final fiscal year in which the tax to be levied to fund this bond issue is anticipated to be collected is fiscal year 2049-50. The tax will expire upon the final payment of the bonded indebtedness.

6. The best estimate of the total debt service, including the principal and interest, that would be required to be repaid if all of the bonds are issued and sold is approximately $1,400,000,000.

Voters should note that estimated tax rates are based on the ASSESSED VALUE of taxable property on the County's official tax rolls, not on the property's market value, which could be more or less than the assessed value, and that such estimated tax rates are in addition to taxes levied to pay bonds authorized under other measures and other taxes imposed by or on behalf of the District. In addition, taxpayers eligible for a property tax exemption, such as the homeowner's exemption, will be taxed at a lower effective tax rate than described above. Property owners should consult their own property tax bills and tax advisors to determine their property's assessed value and any applicable tax exemptions. 

Attention of all voters is directed to the fact that the foregoing information is based upon the District's projections and estimates only, which are not binding upon the District. The projected tax rates, average annual tax rate, highest tax rate, final fiscal year in which the tax is anticipated to be collected, the average annual dollar amount of taxes collected during the ten-year period following the initial tax levy, and the actual total debt service may vary from those presently estimated for a variety of reasons, including, without limitation, due to variations in the timing of bond sales, the amount or amortization of bonds sold, market conditions at the time of each sale, and actual assessed valuations over the term of repayment of the bonds. The dates of sale and the amount or amortization of bonds sold at any given time will be determined by the District based on need for construction funds and other factors, including the legal limitations on bonds approved by a 55% affirmative vote. Market conditions, including, without limitation, interest rates, are affected by economic and other factors beyond the control of the District and will depend on the bond market at the time of each sale. Actual future assessed valuation will depend upon the amount and value of taxable property within the District as determined by the County Assessor in the annual assessment and the equalization process. The growth or decline in assessed valuation is the result of a number of economic and other factors outside of the control of the District. 

Dated: August 1, 2020 

Kyla Johnson Trammel

Superintendent 

Oakland Unified School District 

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

Public schools across Oakland need basic health and safety improvements. Measure Y will fund repairs to fix deteriorating classrooms, bathrooms, plumbing, potentially faulty electrical systems, air conditioning, and leaky roofs. Oakland school children need safe, clean schools so they can learn and thrive.

Measure Y will also help improve schools to better serve students during a pandemic and prepare schools to withstand a changing climate. It will invest in upgraded technology for distance learning and updated classrooms and facilities for social distancing.

Measure Y is a responsible plan to address OUSD’s most critical facilities needs. For detailed information on the bond program plan, go to yesforoaklandschools.com.

NO other funding currently exists to properly upgrade these facilities.

Specifically, Measure Y will:

•    Repair or replace deteriorating classrooms, plumbing, potentially faulty electrical and air conditioning systems, and leaky roofs.

•    Remove dry rot, termites, mold, and spores which can cause health problems.

•    Invest in upgraded technology for distance learning and revamp classrooms and facilities to help children keep a safe distance from one another in times of pandemic.

•    Improve core academic learning spaces and career technical education programs so students can go to college and/or acquire the real-world skills they need to compete for well-paying jobs when they graduate.

Measure Y contains strict accountability safeguards, including:

•    A robust citizens’ oversight committee.

•    Annual independent financial and performance audits.

No money from this measure can go towards administrators’ salaries. All funds will be spent locally, creating good jobs for Oaklanders.

For Oakland public school students to succeed in college and careers, they must have safe, comfortable learning spaces and a solid background in core academic subjects like reading, science, math, engineering, and technology. Measure Y will make this possible.

Join us and hundreds of teachers, parents and neighbors in VOTING YES on Measure Y!

s/Jody London, OUSD Board President

s/Deb Shefler, League of Women Voters of Oakland

s/Pastor George Cummings, Faith in Action East Bay

s/Zac Unger, President, Oakland Firefighters Local 55

s/Alejandra Chiesa, Bay Area Director, Trust for Public Lands

Arguments AGAINST

This Bond Measure is BAD.

Repairs to our schools should be made so that ALL of our taxes are spent on school repairs.  Bonds are a bad method of paying for school repairs because half of the taxes are spent on bond finance charges to Wall Street banks.  The Measure explains the cost: The tax will be $48.5 million for 30 years = $1,455 million to pay off the $735million Bond loan.  That’s $720million of finance charges.

Let’s spend ALL of our Tax $$ on our schools.  Let’s not give HALF of our Tax $$ to Wall Street Bankers.  Demand that OUSD revise this school repair program to be paid with parcel taxes, NOT BONDS.  Let’s use Bonds the way they were intended - to construct large capital improvement projects, such as a new school, a new gymnasium.  A Bond financed project should have a START and an END.  When the project is DONE the voters should be able to point at the project and say ‘That is what our Bond paid for!  It looks good.’  

This Bond Measure is the same as the previous Measure J.  They both have the same vague purposes pretending to be specific purposes.  When the School District burns through all this $735million bond funds, Oaklanders will still owe $720 million in finance charges for remainder of 30 years. Let’s not spend $1.455 billion on school repairs and have nothing to show for it.

The School District just burned through the $475million Measure J Bond.  We have few new schools to show for it.  Mostly we have only slightly improved older school buildings, a rented Administration Building and half-started construction projects.  Don’t add more DEBT to the finance charges of Measure J.  This Measure gives BAD value for our Taxes. 

Vote NO.

s/Alameda County Taxpayers Assoc.

by MARCUS CRAWLEY, President

s/Alameda County Taxpayers Assoc.

by THOMAS RUBIN, V.P.

s/Member

by TERRI LUTZ

s/STEVE KAUZLARICH

 

Replies to Arguments FOR

The Argument FOR this Bond shows that OUSD is CLUELESS on how to manage facilities projects.  The Proponents advocate spending TWICE as much in taxes on routine repairs as the repairs actually cost.  This Bond project fails to distinguish minor repairs for a few thousand dollars from multi-million-dollar projects. OUSD just burned through $475,000,000 and still has a multitude of ongoing minor problems; 

•    Deteriorating classrooms, bathrooms and plumbing.

•    OUSD still has ‘dry rot, termites and mold.’  

•    The Measure failed to determine whether to ‘repair’ or ‘replace’ the facilities. 

The Argument explains ‘No other funding currently exists to properly upgrade.’ OUSD has no parcel tax funds for routine repairs because the District has NEVER asked for parcel tax for REPAIRS.  

Even the Grand Jury found that OUSD diverted Bond funds.  OUSD just dismissed the Grand Jury report.

The OUSD has NO accountability;

•    OUSD’s expenditures are secretive; the diversion of Bond funds to the office space rental was hidden.  When the Oversight Committee did discover the diversion, OUSD ignored them also.  

•    The Oversight Committee tried to stop the District’s diversion of Bond funds to rental of Administrative offices but were powerless to stop it.

•    The Performance Audits are the lowest possible quality, a ‘compliance audit.’ The District’s audits only determine if expenditures were made for contractors and projects, not the ‘effectiveness and results’ of the expenditures.  

•    The audits have been late, out of Compliance with law.

Voters must take charge of OUSD’s wasteful spending.  

Vote NO on this catastrophe.

s/Alameda County Taxpayers Assoc.

by MARCUS CRAWLEY, President

s/Alameda County Taxpayers Assoc.

by THOMAS RUBIN, V.P.

s/Member

by TERRI LUTZ

s/Member

by RONALD TROWBRIDGE

s/Member

by STEVE KAUZLARICH

Replies to Arguments AGAINST

For Oakland Schools

The opponents to Measure Y do not question the need for funds to repair, expand, and upgrade Oakland schools. And their argument against using bonds for these needed projects is riddled with inaccuracies.

Before you vote, get the facts:

FACT: Measure Y will do exactly what bond funds are supposed to do: make large-scale facilities improvements. School districts across California use bonds to make needed improvements.

FACT: Measure Y will fund major repairs to fix deteriorating classrooms, bathrooms, plumbing, potentially faulty electrical systems, heating and air conditioning, and leaky roofs.

FACT: Measure Y will upgrade technology for distance learning and revamp classrooms and facilities to help keep children socially distanced during times of pandemic.

FACT: Measure Y is a responsible plan to address the most critical needs.NO other funding currently exists to properly upgrade these facilities.

FACT: By law, no funds will go towards administrators’ salaries or pensions. All funds will be spent locally, creating good jobs for Oaklanders.

FACT: Measure Y contains strict accountability safeguards. Rigorous independent community oversight and annual fiscal and performance audits are required.

Don’t be misled. Measure Y is on the ballot because we cannot rely on state and federal funds to provide students with the quality education environment they deserve.

Join the thousands of parents, students, teachers, and community members who are creating a better future for our children.

Oakland students deserve safe, clean schools and the opportunity to grow and thrive. Read the detailed Measure Y plan: yesforoaklandschools.com

Vote YES on Measure Y!

s/Oakland School Board

by JODY LONDON, President 

s/DEBORAH SHEFLER, Pres., LWVO

s/REV. GEORGE CUMMINGS, Executive Director, Faith in Action East Bay

s/ZAC UNGER, President, Local 55 Oakland Firefighters

s/ANDREA DAWSON, Chair, OUSD Citizens Bond Oversight Committee

Read the proposed legislation

Proposed legislation

This bond proposition (“proposition”) may be known and referred to as the “Oakland Unified School District Classroom Repair/Safety Improvement Measure” or as “Measure Y”. 

BOND AUTHORIZATION

By approval of this proposition by at least 55% of the voters of the Oakland Unified School District (“District”) voting on the proposition, the District shall be authorized to issue and sell general obligation bonds (“bond”) of up to $735,000,000 in aggregate principal amount to provide financing for the specific school facilities projects listed under the heading entitled “BOND PROJECT LIST” below (“Bond Project List”), subject to all of the accountability safeguards specified below.

ACCOUNTABILITY SAFEGUARDS

The provisions in this section are specifically included in this proposition in order that the voters and taxpayers of the District may be assured that their money will be spent to address specific school facilities needs of the District, all in compliance with the requirements of Article XIIIA, Section 1(b)(3) of the California Constitution, and the Strict Accountability in Local School Construction Bonds Act of 2000 (codified at Sections 15264 and following of the California Education Code (“Education Code”)).

Evaluation of Needs. The Board of Education of the District (“Board”) has prepared a Facilities Master Plan in order to evaluate and address the facilities needs of the District, and to determine which projects to finance from a local bond at this time. The Board hereby certifies that it has evaluated safety, class size reduction and information technology needs in developing the Bond Project List.

Limitations on Use of Bonds. Proceeds from the sale of bonds authorized by this proposition shall be used only for the construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, or replacement of school facilities, including the furnishing and equipping of school facilities, or the acquisition or lease of real property for school facilities, and not for any other purpose, including teacher and administrator salaries and other school operating expenses. More specifically, the Bond Project List provides for the specific projects the District proposes to finance with proceeds from the sale of bonds authorized by this proposition and such proceeds shall be applied only to those specific purposes.

Independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee. In accordance with and pursuant to Education Code Section 15278 et seq., the Board shall establish an independent citizens’ oversight committee, to ensure proceeds from the sale of bonds authorized by this proposition are expended only for the school facilities projects listed in the Bond Project List. The committee shall be established within 60 days of the date that the Board enters the election results on its minutes pursuant to Section 15274 of the Education Code. In accordance with Section 15282 of the Education Code, the citizens’ oversight committee shall consist of at least seven members and shall include a member active in a business organization representing the business community located within the District, a member active in a senior citizens’ organization, a member active in a bona fide taxpayers’ organization, a member that is a parent or guardian of a child enrolled in the District, and a member that is both a parent or guardian of a child enrolled in the District and active in a parent-teacher organization. No employee or official of the District and no vendor, contractor or consultant of the District shall be appointed to the citizens’ oversight committee.

Annual Performance Audits. In compliance with the requirements of Article XIIIA, Section 1(b)(3)(C) of the California Constitution, and the Strict Accountability in Local School Construction Bonds Act of 2000, the Board shall conduct an annual, independent performance audit to ensure that the proceeds from the sale of bonds authorized by this proposition have been expended only on the school facilities projects listed in the Bond Project List. These audits shall be conducted in accordance with the Government Auditing Standards issued by the Comptroller General of the United States for performance audits. The results of these audits shall be made publicly available and shall be submitted to the citizens’ oversight committee in accordance with Section 15286 of the Education Code.

Annual Financial Audits. In compliance with the requirements of Article XIIIA, Section 1(b)(3)(D) of the California Constitution, and the Strict Accountability in Local School Construction Bonds Act of 2000, the Board shall conduct an annual, independent financial audit of the proceeds from the sale of bonds authorized by this proposition until all of those proceeds have been spent for the school facilities projects listed in the Bond Project List. These audits shall be conducted in accordance with the Government Auditing Standards issued by the Comptroller General of the United States for financial audits. The results of these audits shall be made publicly available and shall be submitted to the citizens’ oversight committee in accordance with Section 15286 of the Education Code.

Special Bond Proceeds Account; Annual Report to Board. In compliance with the requirements of California Government Code (“Government Code”) Section 53410 and following, upon approval of this proposition and the sale of any bonds approved, the Board shall take actions necessary to establish an account in which proceeds of the sale of bonds authorized by this proposition shall be deposited. In compliance with the requirements of Government Code Section 53411, as long as any proceeds of the bonds remain unexpended, the chief business officer (or other officer designated by the Board) of the District shall cause a report to be filed with the Board no later than January 1 of each year, commencing on the first January 1 after the sale of the first series of bonds, stating (a) the amount of funds collected and expended in that year, and (b) the status of any project required or authorized to be funded from bond proceeds. The report may relate to the calendar year, fiscal year, or other appropriate annual period as the chief business officer (or other officer designated by the Board) of the District shall determine, and may be incorporated into the annual budget, audit, or other appropriate routine report to the Board.

FURTHER SPECIFICATIONS

Joint-Use Projects. The District may enter into agreements with other public agencies or nonprofit organizations for joint use of the school facilities financed with the proceeds from the sale of bonds authorized by this proposition in accordance with Education Code Section 17077.42 (or any successor provision). The District may seek State grant funds for eligible joint-use projects as permitted by law, and this proposition hereby specifies and acknowledges that, subject to the limitations on the uses provided for herein, the proceeds from the sale of bonds authorized by this proposition will or may be used to fund all or a portion of the local share for any eligible joint-use projects identified in the Bond Project List or as otherwise permitted by California State regulations, as the Board shall determine.

Single Purpose. All of the purposes enumerated in this proposition shall be united and voted upon as one single proposition, pursuant to Education Code Section 15100, and all the enumerated purposes shall constitute the specific single purpose of the bonds, and the proceeds from the sale of bonds authorized by this proposition shall be spent only for such purpose, pursuant to Government Code Section 53410.

Bonds may be Issued in Excess of Statutory Bonding Limit. Issuance of all of the authorized bonds might require the outstanding debt of the District to exceed its statutory bonding limit of 2.50% of the total assessed valuation of taxable property in the District. In that event, the Board reserves the right to seek a waiver of its bonding limit from the State Board of Education, which has the power to waive certain requirements of the Education Code applicable to the District. By approval of this proposition, the voters have authorized the District to seek such a waiver, and to issue authorized bonds in excess of the 2.50% limit as the State Board of Education may approve. No such waiver has yet been sought or granted.

Other Terms of the Bonds. When sold, the bonds shall bear interest at an annual rate not exceeding the statutory maximum, and that interest shall be made payable at the time or times permitted by law. The bonds may be issued and sold in several series, and no bond shall be made to mature more than the statutory maximum number of years from the date borne by that bond.

BOND PROJECT LIST

The Bond Project List below lists the specific (types of) projects the District proposes to finance with proceeds of the bonds. The Bond Project List shall be considered a part of this bond proposition and shall be reproduced in any official document required to contain the full statement of the bond proposition. Listed projects will be completed as needed at a particular school or school facility site according to priorities established by the Board from time to time, and the order in which such projects appear on the Bond Project List is not an indication of priority for funding or completion. To the extent permitted by law, each project is assumed to include its share of costs of the election, bond issuance costs, construction-related costs, such as project and construction management, architectural, engineering, inspection and similar planning and testing costs, demolition and interim housing costs, legal, litigation, insurance, accounting and similar fees, costs related to the independent annual financial and performance audits, a contingency for unforeseen design and construction costs, and other costs incidental to or necessary for the listed projects (whether the related work is performed by the District or third parties). The final cost of each project will be determined as plans are finalized, construction bids are awarded, and projects are completed. In addition, certain construction funds expected from non-bond sources have not yet been secured. Alternatively, if the District obtains unexpected funds from non-bond sources with respect to listed projects, such projects may be enhanced, supplemented or expanded to the extent of such funds. Some projects may be subject to further government approvals, including by State officials and boards and/or local environmental or agency approval. 

Inclusion of a project on the Bond Project List is not a guarantee that the project will be completed (regardless of whether bond funds are available). The Board has found and determined that all projects listed below are capital expenditures. Any project listed below may be accomplished by construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation or replacement, as applicable and as determined by the Board, and includes furniture or equipment related thereto. The District may also undertake demolition at a school facility. The District may acquire or replace furniture and equipment in connection with each project listed below as necessary. Headings and subheadings in the Bond Project List are the types of projects the District intends to undertake and the projects that may be undertaken are not limited to the specifically enumerated projects listed thereunder.

The specific projects authorized to be financed with proceeds from the sale of bonds authorized by this proposition are as follows:

SITE-SPECIFIC PROJECTS

The following projects are authorized at the specific site(s), are supplemental to, and do not limit the authorization set forth elsewhere such as in the District-Wide Projects section below:

•    Coliseum College Prep Academy 

(1390 66th Avenue)

-    Site expansion

-    Additional classrooms

•    Claremont Middle School 

(5750 College Avenue)

-    New kitchen

-    New cafeteria/multipurpose room

•    Elmhurst United Middle School 

(1800 98th Avenue)

-    Site modernization

•    Garfield Elementary School 

(1640 22nd Avenue)

-    Site renovation or replacement 

(partial or total)

•    Hillcrest Elementary School 

(30 Marguerite Drive)

-    New kitchen

•    Laurel Child Development Center 

   (3825 California Street)

-    Site renovation or replacement 

(partial or total)

•    Marcus Foster Educational Leadership Center (1025 2nd Avenue)

-    Site plan

-    Site replacement

-    Facilities for alternative education and career technical education programing

-    Community service facilities

-    Central administration facilities, including but not limited to student 

and family facing services

•    McClymonds High School 

(2607 Myrtle Street)

-    Site renovation or replacement 

(partial or total)

-    Site expansion to accommodate additional grade levels

•    Melrose Leadership Academy/Maxwell Park Elementary School (5328 Brann Street and 4730 Fleming Avenue)

-    Site renovation (partial or total)

-    Site expansion/school consolidation at 4730 Fleming Avenue

•    Piedmont Avenue Elementary School 

(4314 Piedmont Avenue)

-    New kitchen

•    Roosevelt Middle School 

(1926 East 19th Street)

-    Site renovation or replacement 

(partial or total)

•    Skyline High School (12250 Skyline Blvd)

-    ADA compliance

-    Bathrooms

-    Remove, replace, or acquire portables

-    Seismic

 

DISTRICT-WIDE PROJECTS

In addition to the site-specific projects listed above, the following projects are also authorized at all current and future District locations:

•    Facilities and technology improvements, including, but not limited to:

-    accommodation of more grade levels

-    acquisition of real property

-    addition of portables

-    athletic facilities and fields, such as gyms, turf, lighting, seating, fencing, pools, and courts, and including but not limited to Title IX compliance

-    central, on-site, and community kitchens

-    classroom and instructional technology (e.g., internet-connected devices and portable Wi-Fi equipment to connect to the internet) and technology infrastructure including but not limited to technology infrastructure required for distance learning

-    classroom and instructional technology including, but not limited to technology infrastructure for 21st century student learning and/or teaching

-    classrooms, labs, and specialized facilities including but not limited to facilities for career and vocational technology programs and alternative education program

-    early childhood development centers, family counseling rooms, school health centers

-    electrical infrastructure 

-    electrical systems, including but not limited to power distribution 

-    facility grounds and building systems

-    hardscape

-    HVAC systems

-    landscape

-    landscaping and paving

-    mechanical and structural elements of  buildings, including, but not limited to, columns, trusses, beams, footers, building expansions, and additional structures

-    natural gas systems

-    plumbing, including, but not limited to hot water systems, wastewater systems, potable water systems, grey water systems, and sprinkler systems

-    removal of portables and replacement with permanent buildings

-    roofs, 

-    sanitation

-    school playgrounds and educational gardens

•    Health, safety, and security improvements including, but not limited to:

-    building accessibility

-    cameras

-    centralized clock systems

-    centralized door locking systems

-    facilities improvements and equipment purposes related or in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

-    fencing

-    large-scale disasters, climate change, or Acts of God, including, but not limited to, earthquakes and fires

-    Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS)

-    security systems and fire alarm systems

-    seismic safety including, but not limited to seismic retrofits

-    wildfire safety

•    Energy efficiency, resiliency and sustainability improvements, including, 

but not limited to:

-    automatic control systems

-    energy supply resiliency

-    facility insulation

-    light pollution mitigation

-    lighting, lighting technology, and other lighting control systems

-    living schoolyards

-    photovoltaic panels

-    renewable power generation and 

storage equipment, infrastructure, and technology

-    resource usage reduction including, 

but not limited to water, electricity, 

and natural gas

-    storm water impacts including but not limited to drainage and retention

-    window shades, sun-shades, as well as other shade and daylighting enhancements

•    Improved utilization of unused or under-used assets, including, but not limited to:

-    administrative sites and inactive sites

-    consolidation of schools

-    expansion of schools

-    inactive or unused sites for alternative uses including but not limited to employee housing, housing for unsheltered youth, alternative 

academics, and training

-    sites or parts of sites to house administrative functions

-    sites to host community partners

 

PROJECTS INVOLVING RENOVATION, REHABILITATION OR REPAIR

For any project involving renovation, rehabilitation, or repair of a building or the major portion of a building, the District shall be authorized to proceed with new replacement construction instead (including any necessary demolition), if the Board of Education determines that replacement and new construction is more practical than renovation, rehabilitation and repair, considering the building’s age, condition, expected remaining life, comparative cost, and other relevant factors.

 

MISCELLANEOUS

All listed bond projects include at least all of the following as needed:

•    Removal of hazardous materials such as asbestos and lead paint as needed.

•    Construction and/or installation of access improvements for disabled persons, as required by state and federal law.

•    Associated onsite and offsite development, demolition and other improvements made necessary by listed bond projects.

•    Planning, designing and providing (including leasing) temporary housing necessary for listed bond projects.

•    Purchase of any rights-of-way and/or easements made necessary by listed bond projects.

•    Acquisition of all or a portion of any school site or facility, or an interest therein, with respect to any school site or facility, encumbered in order to finance or refinance the listed school facilities projects, by prepaying lease payments related to the encumbrance.

 

GENERAL PROVISIONS

Interpretation. The terms of this bond proposition and the words used in the Bond Project List shall be interpreted broadly to effect the purpose of providing broad and clear authority for the officers and employees of the District to provide for the school facilities projects the District proposes to finance with the proceeds of the sale of bonds authorized by this proposition within the authority provided by law, including Article XIIIA, Section 1(b)(3) of the California Constitution, Education Code Section 15000 et seq. and the Strict Accountability in Local School Construction Bonds Act of 2000. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, such words as repair, improve, upgrade, expand, modernize, renovate, and reconfigure are used in the Bond Project List to describe school facilities projects in plain English and are not intended to expand the nature of such projects beyond, or have an effect on, and shall be interpreted to only permit, what is authorized under Article XIIIA, Section 1(b)(3) of the California Constitution, Education Code Section 15000 et seq. and the Strict Accountability in Local School Construction Bonds Act of 2000. In this regard, the Bond Project List does not authorize, and shall not be interpreted to authorize, expending proceeds of the sale of bonds authorized by this proposition for current maintenance, operation or repairs. 

Severability. The Board hereby declares, and the voters by approving this bond proposition concur, that every section and part of this bond proposition has independent value, and the Board and the voters would have adopted each provision hereof regardless of every other provision hereof. Upon approval of this bond proposition by the voters, should any part be found by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid for any reason, all remaining parts hereof shall remain in full force and effect to the fullest extent allowed by law, and to this end the provisions of this bond proposition are severable.

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