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Special District

Lynwood Unified School District
Measure N - 55% Approval Required

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Election Results

Passed

12,015 votes yes (79.65%)

3,069 votes no (20.35%)

100% of precincts reporting (25/25).

To improve/maintain neighborhood schools by repairing/updating classrooms, science labs/technology, repairing leaky roofs,bathrooms, plumbing/electrical, improving school safety with lighting, fences, fire alarms, earthquake retrofits, removing asbestos, replacing portables with permanent classrooms, and acquiring, renovating, constructing/equipping school sites/facilities, shall Lynwood Unified School District issue $65,000,000 in bonds at legal rates, requiring strict accountability, Independent Citizens' Oversight Committee review, independent annual audits, with no funds for administrator salaries/pensions, all funds used locally?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Impartial analysis / Proposal

By Mary C. Wickham, County Counsel

Approval of Measure N (“Measure”) would authorize the Board of Education

(“Board”) of the Lynwood Unified School District (“District”), which placed the

Measure on the ballot by Resolution No. 16/17-01, to issue general obligation

bonds in an amount not to exceed $65,000,000.

Proceeds from the sale of bonds authorized by the Measure shall be used only

for the purposes specified in the Measure, including, but not limited to,

repairing, upgrading, and replacing roofs, bathrooms, and plumbing systems;

replacing wiring systems to meet current electrical codes; upgrading science labs

and equipment; upgrading aging classrooms; upgrading athletic facilities;

upgrading technology equipment and facilities; installing new security systems;

removing or abating asbestos; upgrading emergency communications systems,

alarm systems, and fire-safety equipment; improving disability access to facilities;

and retrofitting schools for earthquake safety.

Proceeds from the sale of bonds shall be used only for purposes specified in the

Measure, and not for any other purpose, including teacher and administrator

salaries or pensions or other operating expenses.

The Board shall cause independent performance and financial audits to be

conducted annually to ensure that bond proceeds are spent only for the projects

identified in the Measure. The Board shall cause the appointment of an

independent CitizensOversight Committee in accordance with Education Code

section 15278,no later than 60 days after the Board enters the election results in

its minutes. The purpose of the Citizens’ OversightCommittee shall be to inform

the public concerning the expenditure of bond revenues. The District shall create

an account into which bond proceeds shall be deposited and shall comply with

the reporting requirements of Government Code section 53410.

The bonds shall be issued pursuant to Education Code section 15264 et seq., or

Government Code section 53506, and the maximum rate of interest on any bond

shall not exceed the maximum rate allowed by law. According to the District’s

Tax Rate Statement, the best estimate of the highest tax rate required to fund

the bonds is $60 per $100,000 of assessed valuation, and is projected to remain

approximately the same in each year during the term of repayment of the bonds.

Estimated tax rates are based on the assessed value of taxable property on the

County’s official tax rolls, not on a property’s market value.

This Measure requires a fifty-five percent (55%) vote for passage.

NOTICE TO VOTERS

Approval of Measure N does not guarantee that the proposed project or projects

in the Lynwood Unified School District that are the subject of bonds under

Measure N will be funded beyond the local revenues generated by Measure N.

The district’s proposal for the project or projects may assume the receipt of

matching state funds, which could be subject to appropriation by the Legislature

or approval of statewide bond measure.

 

 

 

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

 

Lynwood Unified has been providing education to students in our community for

over 50 years.Understandably, the facilities have grown old. Lynwood schools

continue to need urgent repairs and upgrades to address health, safety and

instructional problems that impactour students each day. Measure N is the

solution to making critical improvements necessary to continue keeping students

safe and prepare them for success in college and future careers.

Yes on Measure N will:

-upgrade classroom technology, science labs, job training classrooms and

school libraries so our students can excel in the 21st century and have the

opportunity to get good paying jobs.

-keep our Lynwood schools clean and well maintained, while improving access

for students with disabilities and improving physical education facilities to

ensure our students stay active and engaged in school.

-replace decades-old school fences, lighting, gates and locks to ensure every

student learns in a safe and modern learning environment and to deter

vandalism.

-allow Lynwood Unified to qualify for matching funds from the state to fund

additional needed local school improvementsup to 50%

more than Lynwood Unified could otherwise afford. If not, our statewide bond dollars

will go to other districts.

Taxpayer Accountability 

Funds MUST stay in Lynwood. By law, these funds CANNOT be taken by the

State. Measure N funds may only be spent to fund projects itemized in the ballot

measure. NO funds are allowed for administrators’salaries or pensions.

Independent Citizens’ Oversight, mandatory audits and public reports will ensure

funds are spent properly.

Whether or not you have school-age children, protecting the local quality of

education is a smart investment. Outstanding public schools protect our property

values and keep our community STRONG.

Join classroom teachers, parents and community leaders -vote YES on N!

 

ALMA –DELIA RENTERIA

Board President

PAUL GARCIA

Security Supervisor

MARY FULLER

Community Member

GABRIELA CAMACHO

Teacher

 

 

 

Arguments AGAINST

NO ARGUMENT AGAINST THIS MEASURE WAS SUBMITTED

Read the proposed legislation

Proposed legislation

The following is the full proposition presented to the voters by the Lynwood

Unified School District.

“To improve/maintain neighborhood schools by repairing/updating classrooms,

science labs/technology, repairing leaky roofs, bathrooms, plumbing/electrical,

improving school safety with lighting, fences, fire alarms, earthquake retrofits,

removing asbestos, replacing portables with permanent classrooms, and

acquiring, renovating, constructing/equipping school sites/facilities, shall

Lynwood Unified School District issue $65,000,000 in bonds at legal rates,

requiring strict accountability, Independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee

review, independent annual audits, with no funds for administrator

salaries/pensions, all funds used locally?”

                                                                     BondsYes                                    Bonds No

PROJECT LIST

The Board of Education of the Lynwood Unified School District desires to

improve the quality of education of local students, and has evaluated the

District’s urgent and critical facility needs, including safety issues, enrollment

trends, class size, class size reduction and computer and information technology,

to develop projects which best improve classroom achievement. Teachers, staff,

community members and the Board have prioritized student success in the

21st Century and keeping kids focused and out of trouble as the most critical

factors in addressing facility and program needs. The Board concluded that if

these needs are not addressed now, the problems will only become more

pressing. Therefore, in approving this Project List, the Board of Education

determines that the District must:

Improve education and technology so kids can succeed in the 21st Century.

Improve classrooms, and physical education facilities specifically designed to

keep kids focused on school.

Improve school facilities so that our students have the same opportunities as

students in neighboring districts.

Upgrade technology and energy efficiency at every school.

Ensure that bond funds are leveraged to qualify for State matching

facility funds.

Adhere to specific fiscal accountability safeguards such as:

 

(a)Insist that all bond money must be spent locally on

District schools.

(b)No money for administrators’ salaries and no money for Sacramento.

(c)An independent citizens’ oversight committee must be appointed to ensure

that all funds are spent only as authorized.

(d)All expenditures must be subject to annual independent financial and

performance audits.

The Project List includes the following types of projects at District schools and

sites:

School Renovation, Repair and Upgrade Projects

Goal and Purpose: To improve the quality of education at neighborhood schools

by upgrading technology so that our students are prepared to excel in the

21st Century, schools will benefit from the renovation, repair and upgrade of

deteriorating, outdated school buildings, science labs, classrooms, school

libraries and equipment:

Repair, upgrade and replace worn-out leaking roofs, bathrooms and

plumbing systems.

Replace existing wiring systems to meet current electrical codes.

Ensure that all students have access to upgraded science labs and equipment.

Upgrade aging and deteriorating school classrooms.

Upgrade athletic facilities so students stay active, engaged in school and out

of trouble.

Upgrade technology, equipment and facilities for job-training programs.

School,Safety and Security, Earthquake Safety Projects

Goal and Purpose: We need to upgrade our fences and locks to make our schools

safe. Safe schools will help attract and retain quality teachers, deter vandalism

and allow kids to focus on school:

Install new security systems, such as security cameras,

outdoor lighting, fencing, gates and classroom door locks.

Remove or abate asbestos.

Upgrade emergency communication systems.

Upgrade fire alarm systems and fire safety

equipment.

Improve school access for students with disabilities.

Keep school clean and well-maintained.

Retrofit schools for earthquake safety.

 

Listed building, repair and rehabilitation projects and upgrades 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. In addition to the

listed repair and construction projects stated above, the Project Lists also include

increasing access to early childhood education; maximizing energy and water

efficiency to save money; the acquisition of a variety of instructional,

maintenance and operational equipment, including the reduction or retirement

of outstanding lease obligation, capital facility note obligations or other interim

funding incurred to advance fund projects from the Projects List, or the

reimbursement of the District for such advancement, the construction of new or

improved schools, if necessary to serve students, the acquisition of land;

replacing portables with permanent classrooms; the construction or remodeling

of administrative support spaces, installation of signage and fencing, the payment

of the costs of preparation of all facility planning, facility assessment reviews,

facility master plan updates, environmental studies (including environmental

investigation, remediation and monitoring) and construction documentation,

gymnasium upgrades, and temporary housing of dislocated District activities

caused by bond projects. The upgrading of technology infrastructure includes,

but is not limited to, computers, LCDprojectors, portable interface devices,

servers, switches, routers,modules, sound projection, card access systems, laser

printers, digital white boards, document projectors, upgraded voice-over IP, call

manager and network security/firewall, and other miscellaneous equipment and

software. In addition to the projects listed above, the repair and renovation of

each of theexisting school facilities may include, but not be limited to, some or

all of the following: renovation of student and staff restrooms; repair and

replacement of heating, air conditioning and ventilation systems; upgrade of

facilities for energy efficiencies and to reduce fire risks; repair and replacement

of worn-out and leaky roofs, windows, walls, ceilings,doors and drinking 

fountains; improving traffic flow at schools; installation wiring and electrical

systems to safely accommodate computers, technology and other electrical

devices and needs; repair and replacement of fire alarms, emergency

communications and security systems; resurfacing or replacing of hard courts,

turf and irrigation systems and campus landscaping; upgrade athletic fields;

 

build/renovate new gymnasiums and athletic facilities; upgrade or replace

inadequate libraries, multi-purpose rooms and kitchens; upgrade locker rooms;

install lunch shelters, artificial turf, and bleachers; improve sanitation and

recycling; expand parking; install interior and exterior painting and floor

covering; replacement of portable classrooms; installation of covered walkways

or shelters; renovation or addition of administrative support spaces; repair

rubberized play apparatus surfaces; reconstruct playgrounds; demolition; and

construction of various forms of storage and support spaces; upgrade classrooms;

repair, upgrade and install interior and exterior lighting systems; replace water

and sewer lines and other plumbing systems; and replace outdated security

fences and security systems. The allocation of bond proceeds will be affected by

the District’s receipt of State matching funds, and the final costs of each project.

In the absence of State matching funds, which the District will aggressively

pursue to reduce the District’s share of the costs of the projects, the District will

not be able to complete some of the projects listed above. Some projects may be

undertaken as joint use projects in cooperation with other local public or

non-profit agencies. 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 are finalized, construction bids are awarded and

projects are completed. Based on the final costs of each project, certain projects

described above may be delayed or may not be completed. Demolition of 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/stabilization 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, storm drain, and utility lines, trees and landscaping,

relocating fire access roads, and acquiring any necessary easements, licenses, or

rights of way to the property. Proceeds of the bonds may be used to pay or

reimburse the District for the cost of District staff when performing work on or

necessary and incidental to bond projects. Bond proceeds shall only be expended

for the specific 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

 

 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.

FISCAL ACCOUNTABILITY. 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 (EDUCATION CODE SECTION

15278 ET SEQ.) 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.

 

 

 

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