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Special District

Hacienda La Puente Unified School District
Measure BB Bond Measure - 55% Approval Required

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Election Results

Passed

26,140 votes yes (76.96%)

7,824 votes no (23.04%)

100% of precincts reporting (59/59).

To upgrade/repair all neighborhood school classrooms and retain/attract quality teachers by renovating all science, technology, engineering, art/math labs/classrooms, and athletic facilities; ensuring drinking water safety; repairing, constructing, equipping/acquiring educational facilities to prepare students for college and 21st century vocational jobs/careers, shall Hacienda La Puente Unified School District issue up to $148,000,000 in bonds at legal rates, requiring audits, citizens' oversight, no money for administrators' salaries, and all funds used locally?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Impartial analysis / Proposal

 

Approval of Measure BB (“Measure”) would authorize the Governing Board

(“Board”) of the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District (“District”), which

placed the Measure on the ballot by a Resolution adopted on August 11, 2016, to

issue general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $148,000,000.

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

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

repairing or replacing roofs, floors, plumbing, and electrical systems; upgrading

classroom technology; repairing classrooms and school buildings; providing and

maintaining up-to-date technology infrastructure; repairing athletic facilities and

infrastructure; automating fire alarm systems, repairing fire safety equipment,

and adding sprinklers and fire safety doors; upgrading and installing security

systems, such as security lighting, fencing, smoke detectors, and fire alarms;

upgrading emergency communication systems; installing energy-efficient

systems; improving heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, and lighting systems,

doors, and windows to increase energy efficiency; upgrading and expanding

wireless systems, telecommunications, and Internet and network connections;

upgrading electrical wiring, data networks, and broadband; upgrading and

replacing computers, hardware, and infrastructure systems, classroom and library

technology, and teaching equipment. Bond proceeds may not be expended on

teacher and administrator salaries and 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 Citizens’ Oversight Committee in accordance with Education Code

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

its minutes to ensure that bond proceeds are spent as specified in the Measure

and as provided by law. 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 maximum rate of interest on any bond shall not exceed the maximum rate

allowed by law. Bonds issued pursuant to Education Code section 15264 et seq.

shall have a maturity not exceeding twenty-five (25) years, and bonds issued

pursuant to Government Code section 53506 et seq. shall have a maturity not

exceeding the maximum permitted under that section. According to the District’s

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

the bonds, based on a projection of assessed valuations available when the

District filed its Tax Rate Statement, is $44 per $100,000 of assessed valuation in

fiscal year 2017-18. Projections of assessed valuations and tax rates are based on

experience within the District and are derived from information obtained from

official sources.

 

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

NOTICE TO VOTERS

Approval of Measure BB does not guarantee that the proposed project or 

projects in the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District that are the subject

of bonds under Measure Bwill be funded beyond the local revenues generated

by Measure BB. The school 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 a statewide bond measure.

 

 

Tax rate

 

An election will be held in Hacienda La Puente Unified School District

(the “District”) on November 8, 2016 to authorize the sale of $148,000,000 in

general obligation bonds. The following information is submitted in compliance

with Sections 9400-9404 of the California Elections Code.

1.The best estimate of the tax rate that would be required to be levied to fund

this bond issue during the first fiscal year after the sale of the first series of

bonds, based on a projection of assessed valuations available at the time of

filing this statement, is $.044 per $100 ($44 per $100,000) of assessed valuation

in fiscal year 2017-18.

2.The best estimate of the tax rate that would be required to fund this bond

issue during the first fiscal year after the sale of the last series of bonds, based

on a projection of assessed valuations available at the time of filing this

statement, is $.044 per $100 ($44 per $100,000oassessed valuation in fiscal

year 2017-18.

3.The best estimate of the highest tax rate that would be required to fund this

bond issue, based on a projection of assessed valuations available at the time

of filing this statement, is $..044 per $100 ($44 per $100,000) of assessed

valuation in fiscal year 2017-18.

4.The best estimate of total debt service, including principal and interest, which

would be required to be repaid if all the bonds are issued and sold is

$293,864,200. This estimate is based on the assumption there will be no bonds

issued with a term over 30 years.

These projections of assessed valuations and tax rates are based on experience

within the District and are derived from information obtained from official

sources. The actual tax rates and the years in which they apply may vary

depending on the timing of bond sales, the amount of bonds sold at each sale and

actual assessed valuation in each year. The timing of the bond sales and the

amount of bonds sold at any given time will be determined by the needs of the

District. Actual assessed valuations will depend upon the amount and value of

taxable property within the District as determined in the assessment and

equalization process.

Dated: August 11, 2016

CYNTHIA PARULAN-COLFER

Superintendent

Hacienda La Puente Unified School District

 

 

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

Our students deserve your ‘Yes’ vote on Measure BB. Our schools are aging and

one is over 100 years old. They need major repairs and upgrades to effectively

educate our community’s children and protect our property values.

Measure BB will allow our District to qualify to receive $8 million in state grants.

Otherwise, these funds will go to other school districts that do pass local bond

measures. Measure BB allows our community to keep our state tax dollars at

home.

Measure BB will fund repairs, upgrades and safety improvements at every school

including:

-Upgrade and repair all neighborhood school classrooms

-Retain and attract quality teachers by renovating all science, technology,

engineering, art and math labs/classrooms,and athletic facilities

-Ensure drinking water safety

-Repair, construct, equip/acquire educational facilities to prepare students for

college and 21st century vocational jobs/careers

-Repair and replace heating/ventilation systems

Every penny of Measure BB will be spent wisely.

All money raised by Measure BB will stay in our community to repair our

schools. No funds will go to salaries. There will be independent public audits of

all spending. And, it will establish an independent citizens’ oversight committee

to ensure that the funds are spent properly.

Our kids deserve your vote.

There are more than 18,000 children in our District. They need a quality

education today to meet tomorrow’s challenges. They need your help. On

November 8th, please vote to repair our local schools, protect our property

values, and allow our District to obtain $8 million in state grants by supporting

Measure BB.

 

DAN HALLOWAY

City of La Puente Councilmember

HERMANN CHEN

Pines Home Association Director

CHARLES KLINAKIS

Resident/Businessman

EDNA B. MOORE

Resident/Retired Principal

JEFFREY DE LA TORRE

Resident/Teacher

 

 

 

Arguments AGAINST

NO ARGUMENT AGAINST THIS MEASURE WAS SUBMITTED

Read the proposed legislation

Proposed legislation

 

Hacienda La Puente Unified School District Classroom Repair/School Safety

Measure. To upgrade/repair all neighborhood school classrooms and

retain/attract quality teachers by renovating all science, technology, engineering,

art/math labs/classrooms, and athletic facilities; ensuring drinking water safety;

repairing, constructing, equipping/acquiring educational facilities to prepare

students for college and 21st century vocational jobs/careers, shall Hacienda La

Puente Unified School District issue $148,000,000 in bonds at legal rates,

requiring audits, citizens’ oversight, no money for administrators’salaries, and all

funds used locally?

PROJECT LIST

The Governing Board of the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District is

committed to protecting the quality of education in our local schools by

(i) funding advanced programs in math, science, technology and the arts, and

(ii) providing facilities and equipment needed for career and technology

education classes so students are prepared for college and good-paying jobs in

fields like science, technology and the skilled trades. To that end, the Board

evaluated thDistrict’s urgent and critical facility needs, including safety issues,

class size maintenance, computer and information technology, and prepared a

Facility Master Plan which is incorporated herein in its entirety, in developing

the scope of projects to be funded. The Board concluded that if these needs are

not addressed now, the problems will only become more pressing and expensive

to address. Therefore, in approving this Project List, the Governing Board

determines that the District must:

(i)Continue funding advanced programs in math, science, technology and the

arts so that our students are prepared for success in college and 21st Century

careers; and

(ii)Maintain manageable class sizes; and

(iii)Provide the facilities and equipment needed for career and technical 

education classes so students are prepared for college and good-paying jobs

 in fields like, science, technology and the skilled trades; and

(iv) Keep school facilities and campuses clean and well-maintained; and

(v)Adhere to specific fiscal accountability safeguards such as:

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

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

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

that all funds are spent only as authorized.

The Project List includes the following types of upgrades and improvements at

the District schools:

School Maintenance, Renovation,Repair and Upgrade Projects

Goal and Purpose: Since providing the facilities and equipment needed for

career training, advanced programs in math, science, technology, music, visual

and performing arts programs, and technical education classes so students are

prepared for college and good paying jobs in fields like science, technology and

the skilled trades is critical, local schools will benefit from projects including:

Repair or replace worn-out roofs, floors, plumbing, and electrical systems.

Upgrade classrooms to keep pace with changing technology.

Repair classrooms and school buildings.

Provide improved, up-to-date technology infrastructure.

Repair athletic facilities and infrastructure.

School Health and Safety and Energy Efficiency Projects

Student Safety

Upgrade fire alarm systems to automatic systems, repair fire safety equipment,

add sprinklerand fire safety doors to make students safe in the event of an

emergency.

Upgrade and install security systems, such as security lighting, fencing, smoke

detectors, and fire alarms and sprinklers for improved student safety.

Upgrade emergency communication systems to improve student safety.

Energy EfficiencyReturning Savings to the Classroom

Install energy efficient systems to save money and protect the quality of

instruction in core subjects like reading, math, science and technology.

Improve heating, ventilation, air conditioning and lighting systems, doors and

windows to increase energy efficiency to save money.

District-Wide Instructional Technology and Wiring Projects

To Provide a 21st Century Education

Goal and Purpose: To upgrade classrooms and computer systems to keep pace

with technology and support raising academic standards by providing students

with 21st Century technology skills and a strong background in science, math

and technology:

 

 

Upgrade instructional technology in the classroom for improved student

learning.

Provide and maintain up-to-date technology, data and communication

equipment.

Upgrade and expand wireless systems, telecommunications, and Internet and

network connections, upgrade electrical wiring, data networks and broadband.

Upgrade and replace computers, hardware and infrastructure systems,

classroom and library technology and teaching equipment to enhance

instruction.

The listed projects will be completed as needed. Each project is assumed to

include itshare of furniture, equipment, architectural, engineering, and similar

planning costs, program management, staff training expenses and a customary

contingency, and escalation for unforeseen design and construction costs. In

addition to the listed projects stated above, the Project List also includes the

payment of the costof preparation of all facility planning, facility assessment

reviews and master plans, environmental studies, construction documentation,

inspection and permit fees, and temporary housing of dislocated District

activities caused by bond projects. The upgrading of technology infrastructure

includes, but is not limited to, servers, switches, routers, modules, smart boards,

cameras, sound projection systems, wireless networks, portable interface devices,

printers, upgrade voice-over-IP, phone systems, call manager and network

security/firewall, and other miscellaneous equipment. The repair and

improvement of school facilities includes upgrading school site parking, campus

accessibility, utilities, and grounds, playground equipment, hard court surfaces,

lighting, elevators, water heaters, boilers, and casework; enhance signage; install

fire sensors; upgrade athletic facilities, bleachers and play fields including turf;

upgrade electrical  wiring; renovate and paint interior and exterior building

surfaces to extend their useful life; acquire or upgrade vehicles; improve security,

install safety and communication systems and equipment, window and floor

coverings (including tiles and carpeting); acquire kitchen equipment; upgrade

irrigation systems; make improvements and acquire furnishings and/or other

electronic equipment and systems; install solar or alternative energy

management systems. The Project List also includes the refinancing of any

outstanding lease obligations, or the bridge loans taken to initiate voter approved

projects. The allocation of bond proceeds may 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 may not be able to

complete some of the projects listed above. The budget for each project is an

 

 

estimate and may be affected by factors beyond the District’s control. Some

projects throughout the District may be undertaken as joint use projects in

cooperation with other local public or non-profit agencies. 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 of

the 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 enhanced and operationally efficient

campuses.

Necessary site preparation/restoration and landscaping, 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, utility lines, trees and landscaping, redirecting fire access

,and acquiring any necessary easements, licenses, or rights of way to the property.

Bond proceeds shall be expended only for the specific purposes identified herein.

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 the

bond projects. 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.

FISCAACCOUNTABILITY: IN ACCORDANCE WITH EDUCATION

CODE SECTION 15272, THE GOVERNING BOARD 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.Bond funds shall not be temporarily transferred to the District’s

general fund for administrative purposes.

 

 

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