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Special District

Garvey Elementary School District
Measure GA Bond Measure - 55% Approval Required

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Election Results

Passed

7,130 votes yes (79.96%)

1,787 votes no (20.04%)

100% of precincts reporting (24/24).

To upgrade schools, repair leaky roofs, renovate aging classrooms, bathrooms/playgrounds, improve student access to computers/modern technology, replace outdated plumbing, heating/air-conditioning, update electrical/lighting systems, improve security systems, ensure safe drinking water, build multimedia learning labs, repair, construct/acquire educational facilities, sites/equipment, shall Garvey School District issue $40,000,000 in bonds, at legal rates, with independent financial audits, citizen's oversight, and all funding spent on local schools?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Impartial analysis / Proposal

County Counsel Mary C. Wickham

Approval of Measure GA (“Measure) would authorize the Board of Education (“Board”) of the Garvey School District (“District”), which placed the Measure on the ballot by Resolution No. 15-16-17, to issue general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $40,000,000.

Proceeds from the sale of the bonds authorized by the Measure shall be used only for repairs, renovations, upgrades, and other improvements at District sites and the following District schools: Bitely, Dewey, Emerson, Hillcrest, Monterey Vista, Rice, Sanchez, and Willard Elementary Schools, and Garvey and Temple Intermediate Schools. The repairs, renovations, upgrades and other improvements include, but are not limited to, repairing or replacing roofs; making health, safety, and ADA compliance improvements; renovating outdated classrooms, bathrooms, and facilities; making safety and security improvements, including fire alarms and surveillance cameras; improving student access to computers and modern technology; upgrading electrical systems; replacing water, sewer, plumbing, heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems; upgrading playgrounds and playfields for school and community use; making energy-efficient improvements to lighting and windows; building technology/multimedia learning labs; and providing safe drinking water. Bond proceeds may not be expended on teacher and administrator salaries and pensions 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 appoint 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 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, based on estimated assessed valuations available when the District filed its Tax Rate Statement, is $30 per $100,000 of assessed valuation. This rate is projected to apply in each fiscal year that the bonds are outstanding.

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

Financial effect

Superintendent Anita Chu, Garvey School District

TAX RATE STATEMENT - MEASURE GA

An election will be held in the Garvey School District (the “District”) on November 8, 2016 to authorize the sale of up to $40,000,000 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 fund this bond issue during the first fiscal year after the sale of the first series of bonds, based on estimated assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement, is $.03000 per $100 ($30.00 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 estimated assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement, is $.03000 per $100 ($30.00 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2026-27.

3. The best estimate of the highest tax rate that would be required to fund this bond issue, based on estimated assessed valuations available at the time of filing this statement, is $.03000 per $100 ($30.00 per $100,000) of assessed valuation. This vote is projected to apply in each fiscal year that the bonds are outstanding.

4. The best estimate from official sources of the total debt service, including the principal and interest, that would be required to be repaid if all the bonds are issued and sold will be approximately $77,800,000.

These estimates are based on projections derived from information obtained from official sources. The actual tax rates and the years in which they will apply may vary depending on the timing of bond sales, the amount of bonds sold at each sale and actual increases in assessed valuations. 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 the equalization process.

Dated: August 10, 2016

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

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Proposed legislation

FULL TEXT OF BALLOT MEASURE GA

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

"GARVEY SCHOOL DISTRICT CLASSROOM REPAIR AND EDUCATION IMPROVEMENT MEASURE. To upgrade schools, repair leaky roofs, renovate aging classrooms, bathrooms/playgrounds,  improve  student access to computers/modern technology, replace outdated plumbing, heating/air-conditioning, update electrical/lighting systems, improve security systems, ensure safe drinking water, build multimedia learning labs, repair, construct/acquire educational facilities, sites/equipment, shall Garvey School District issue $40,000,000 in bonds, at legal rates, with independent financial audits, citizen’s oversight, and all funding spent on local schools?”

PROJECT LIST

 

The Board of Education of the Garvey School District is committed to improving the quality of education and providing a modern learning environment in its award winning local schools with safe, secure and upgraded classrooms which keep pace with 21st Century technologies and learning standards. To that end, in developing the scope of projects to be funded, the Board evaluated the Districts urgent and critical facility needs, including safety issues, class size, and computer and information technology. The District conducted a facilities evaluation and received public input in developing this Project List. Teachers, staff, community members and the Board have prioritized key health and safety projects so that the most critical facility needs are addressed.

 

   

 

The Project List includes the following types of upgrades and improvements at the following District schools and at District sites:

Bitely Elementary School              Monterey Vista Elementary School Dewey Elementary School              Rice Elementary School

Emerson Elementary School            Sanchez Elementary School Garvey Intermediate School            Temple Intermediate School Hillcrest Elementary School          Willard Elementary School

 

Basic School Repair and Upgrade Projects

  Repair or replace leaky roofs.

  Make health, safety and ADA compliance improvements.

  Renovate outdated classrooms, bathrooms and school facilities.

  Make safety and security improvements, including fire alarms and surveillance cameras.

  Improve student access to computers and modern technology.


  Upgrade inadequate electrical systems.

  Replace deteriorating water, sewer and plumbing systems.

  Replace outdated heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems.

  Upgrade playgrounds and playfields for school and community use.

  Make energy efficient improvements such as lighting and windows.

  Build technology/multimedia learning labs.

  Ensure safe drinking water.

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. 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 or bridge funding incurred to advance funded projects from the Project List; installation of signage and fencing; 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. 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 heating/boiler, plumbing, gas, water/sewer, drainage and ventilation systems; renovate student and staff restrooms; acquire facilities for educational and administrative purposes; improve outdoor learning spaces and shade structures; upgrade of facilities for energy conservation or to increase use of renewable energy sources, including solar panels; repair and replace worn-out roofs, windows, walls, doors, doorframes and drinking fountains; make water conservation and reclamation improvements to increase environmental sustainability; improve school facilities for disability access; install or upgrade wiring and electrical systems to safely accommodate computers, technology and other electrical devices and needs; upgrade or construct classrooms and support facilities, including administrative, a District professional development center; physical education and multi-purpose rooms, repair and replace deteriorating asphalt, fire alarms, emergency communications, intercoms, public announcement, EMS, and security systems; resurface or replace hard courts, playgrounds, turf and drainage/irrigation systems and campus landscaping; improve or expand parking and traffic circulation flow; interior and exterior


painting and floor covering; construct various forms of storage and support spaces; upgrade classrooms; repair, upgrade or install interior and exterior lighting systems; improve handicapped accessibility; replace outdated security fences and security systems. The upgrading of technology infrastructure includes, but is not limited to, computers, WAN and internet access improvements; 3D printers, portable interface devices, servers, racks, wiring, switches, routers, modules, sound projection systems, laser printers, interactive boards, document projectors, upgrade voice-over-IP, call manager and network security/firewall, wireless technology systems and other miscellaneous equipment. The allocation of bond proceeds will be affected by the final costs of each project. 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 and construction documents are finalized, construction bids are received, construction contracts are awarded and projects are completed. The allocation of bond proceeds may be affected by the District’s receipt of State matching funds and the final costs of each project. 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 more enhanced and operationally efficient campuses. Necessary site preparation/restoration or geological 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, 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.

 

FISCAL ACCOUNTABILITY; 

 

 

IN ACCORDANCE WITH EDUCATION CODE SECTION 15272, THE BOARD OF EDUCATION 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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