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Special District

Walnut Valley Unified School District
Measure WV Bond Measure - 55% Approval Required

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Election Results

Passed

12,402 votes yes (64.93%)

6,699 votes no (35.07%)

100% of precincts reporting (35/35).

To upgrade classrooms, science labs, career-training facilities, libraries, and instructional technology to support student achievement in math, science, engineering, technology, and skilled trades, acquire, construct and repair classrooms, facilities, sites and equipment including repairing deteriorating roofs, plumbing, and electrical systems, and improve student safety and camera security systems, shall Walnut Valley Unified School District issue $152,880,000 in bonds at legal interest rates, with independent citizen oversight, and all money locally-controlled?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Impartial analysis / Proposal

By Mary C. Wickham, County Counsel

Approval of Measure WV (“Measure”) would authorize the Board of Trustees

(“Board”) of the Walnut Valley Unified School District (“District”), which

placed the Measure on the ballot by Resolution No. 17-02, to issue general

obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $152,880,000.

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,

providing classrooms and labs for career and technology classes; providing

classrooms for math, science, engineering, technology, and arts instruction;

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

air-conditioning, and lighting systems; upgrading technology in classrooms,

science labs, and libraries; repairing and modernizing schools, classrooms, and

school buildings; upgrading and expanding electrical capacity; adding classrooms,

facilities, and technology; updating technology infrastructure; upgrading fire

alarm systems,repairing fire safety equipment, and adding smoke detectors,

sprinklers, and fire safety doors; upgrading and installing security systems, such

 as lighting, fencing, cameras, and emergency communication systems; replacing

portable classrooms with permanent classrooms; earthquake-retrofitting older

buildings; and removing asbestos and lead paint from older schools. 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 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 may 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’

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

the bonds, based on assessed valuations available at the time of the election and

taking into account estimated future growth, is $39 per $100,000 of assessed

valuation. The best estimate of the year in which the highest tax rate will apply is

2017-18, and thereafter.

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

 

 

Tax rate

 

To: The voters voting in the November 8, 2016, election on the question of the

issuance of $152,880,000 General Obligation Bonds of the Walnut Valley

Unified School District.

You are hereby notified in accordance with Section 9401 of the Elections Code

of the State of California of the following:

1.The best estimate from official sources of the tax rate which would be required

to be levied to fund principal and interest payments during the first fiscal year

after the first sale of bonds, based on assessed valuations available at the time

of the election and taking into account estimated future growth, is the

following:

$.039000 per $100 of assessed valuation, which equates to $39.00 per $100,000.

First fiscal year after the first sale of bonds: 2017-2018.

2.The best estimate from official sources of the tax rate which would be required

to be levied to fund principal and interest payments during the first fiscal year

after the last sale of bonds and an estimate of the year in which that rate will

apply, based on assessed valuations available at the time of the election and

taking into account estimated future growth, is as follows:

$.039000 per $100 of assessed valuation, which equates to $39.00 per $100,000.

First fiscal year after last sale of bonds: 2026-2027.

3.The best estimate from official sources of the highest tax rate which would be

required to be levied to fund principal and interest payments on the bonds and

an estimate of the year in which that rate will apply, based on assessed

valuations available at the time of the election and taking into account

estimated future growth, is as follows:

$.039000 per $100 of assessed valuation, which equates to $39.00 per $100,000.

Year of highest tax rate: 2017-2018 and thereafter.

4.The best estimate from official sources of the total debt service, including the

principal and interest, which would be required to be repaid, if all the bonds

are issued and sold, based on interest rate information along with assessed

valuations available at the time of the election and taking into account

estimated future growth, is as follows:

Estimated total debt service, including the principal and interest:

$305,911,275.

The attention of all voters is directed to the fact that the foregoing information is

based upon projections and estimates only. The actual tax rates and the years in

 

 

which they will apply may vary from those presently estimated, due to variations

from these estimates in the timing of bond sales, the amount of bonds sold and

market interest rates at the time of each sale, and actual assessed valuations over

the term of repayment of the bonds. The date of sale and the amount of bonds

sold at any given time will be determined by the District based on its need for

 construction funds and other factors. The actual interest rates at which the bonds

will be sold will depend on the bond market at the time of sale. Actual future

assessed valuations 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. Accordingly, the actual tax rates and

the years in which such rates are applicable may vary from those presently

estimated as above stated.

ROBERT P. TAYLOR, Ed.D.

Superintendent of the

Walnut Valley Unified School District

 

 

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

Vote YES on Measure WV to prepare local students for college and tomorrow’s

careers.

Measure WV is a wise investment even if you do not have school-age children.

Good schools improve the quality of life in our communities and protect the

value of our homes.

At Walnut Valley Unified School District (WVUSD), students receive excellent

educational opportunities that prepare them for college and tomorrow’s careers.

Measure WV ensures our Walnut and Diamond Bar schools maintain strong

student achievement and remain among the highest performing in the State.

We need to ensure that all our students are skilled in the use of 21st-century

technologies and have a solid background in science, math, engineering, and

technology in order to meet rigorous, evolving educational standards.

Though some local schools have received updates to meet modern academic

standards, others still need vital improvements. Many classrooms, labs, and other

educational facilities need improvements to continue supporting outstanding

student achievement.

Vote YES to:

Provide classrooms and labs for career and technology education classes so

students are prepared for college and good-paying jobs

Improve student safety and school security systems

Provide classrooms and technology to support high quality instruction in

science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM)

Repair older schools, including outdated wiring, plumbing, roofs, floors,

lighting, and other deteriorating systems

Measure WV requires strict fiscal accountability including:

A project list detailing exactly how money will be used

An independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee and annual audits to ensure

money is spent properly

All money raised must stay local to support our students and cannot be

taken away by the State

No money can be used for administrators’ salaries, benefits or pensions

 

Join parents, teachers, elected leaders and business community in voting YES on

Measure WV.

LILY CHEN EIBERT

WVUSD Parent Coordinating Council, President

LAYLA ABOU-TALEB

President, United Walnut Taxpayers

NANCY LYONS

Mayor, City of Diamond Bar

ERIC CHING

Mayor, City of Walnut

RAY W. MCMULLEN

Longtime Resident (58 yrs) & Former WVUSD Educator

 

 

Arguments AGAINST

We’re parents. We love kids. We’re your neighbors. We love our community.

We support our schools. We don’t support wasting your money on vague,

unenforceable promises.

Last year District spent $214,396.93 of your money for elections. You rejected

Measure O(http://bit.ly/NoWVUSDBondDistrict didn’t like outcome. It’s

wasting your money again on this election.

Don’t be deceived by District’s campaign funded by businesses that benefit from

bond money. (http://bit.ly/NoWVUSDBond)Beware of plaintiffs masquerading

as “taxpayers.”(http://bit.ly/NoWVUSDBond)

Last year District’s campaign raised $106,842.50 to convince you to vote for its 

scheme. We talked to you face-to-face. Perhaps you remember us at your door.

Why Vote No on Measure WV?

-It’s virtually, word-for-word, identical to Measure O which you rejected last

year. (http://bit.ly/NoWVUSDBondDistrict still won’t tell you what it’ll spend

the money on.

-Did you hear about a list? Why isn’t list in Measure WV? Because District

would have to spend the money ONLY on those things?

-Can you trust District? For months it’s claimed Board was “considering” bond.

Meanwhile, its campaign raised thousands from donors months before Board

voted.(http://bit.ly/NoWVUSDBond)

-Remember fancy mailer from District about bonds in April? 

(http://bit.ly/NoWVUSDBond)Remember fancy mailer about meaningless rankings in June? (http://bit.ly/NoWVUSDBond) YOU PAID FOR IT ALL. Is

that fair? Using your money for campaign to persuade you to vote for bonds?

District could have replaced all the objectionably   vague   language   from   

Measure O with “list of the specific school facilities projects to be funded” as

required by California Constitution. Why didn’t it? Because it wants vague

language that gives it a BLANK CHECK and NO ACCOUNTABILITY?

Don’t vote to waste your taxes on vague promises. District didn’t keep its

promises from Measure S (2007)(http://bit.ly/NoWVUSDBondIt spent

$64,600,000 and still has “leaky roofs?”

 

Bond money is like drugs. Don’t give District another fix.VOTE NO!

KATRINA J.HIRABAYASHI

Elementary School Teacher

GLEN N. TAYLOR JR

Father of 2 WHS Grad.

IVY H. KUAN

Engineer & Parent of 2 WHS Graduates

DAVID MANZETTI

Accountant & Vice President of a Mfg. Firm

PAULINE BEREITER

Mother of 6 WHS Grads

 

 

Replies to Arguments FOR

NOVEMBER 8, 2016

MEASURE: WV

WALNUT VALLEY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

Blah, blah, blah! Same cliched argument District used last year. Same signers

too.

Who’d pay more for home in District when students can live anywhere?

Did you know that MORE THAN 25% of students (3,500+) live outside District?

Do you feel that’s an important fact? Why does District hide it?

(http://bit.ly/NoWVUSDBond)

Do you owe out-of-district parents anything?

One day after Board voted to waste your money on second largest tax increase

($305,911,275) in District history, California legislature tabled SB-1432 (“Walnut

Valley Unified School District Bailout Bill”). Howls went up at District

headquarters. When sponsor #EnoughHuff claims Teacher Layoffs

and School District Bankruptcies Loom,” (http://bit.ly/NoWVUSDBond) he’s talking about

Walnut Valley Unified School District. Superintendent says “catastrophic for 

more than 3,500 of our students.” (http://bit.ly/NoWVUSDBond)

No joke. Joy-ride is over. District enrollment will fall to natural low over a few

years. District has serious belt-tightening to do. What will it do with all those

empty classrooms?

Do you feel District’s telling you everything you need to know? Do you feel it’s

being transparent?Is it being honest?

Can you trust District?

You’re not voting on what’s on District’s website. You’re not voting on Board

resolutions. You’re voting on Measure WV. Nothing else counts. Measure WV

becomes law. Measure WV doesn’t contain specifics. It’s purposely vague.

Specifics would bind District. Vagueness is a BLANK CHECK. Specifics provide

certainty. Vagueness means anything goes--NO ACCOUNTABILITY.

Will District use capital appreciation bonds as it’s done in past?

(http://bit.ly/NoWVUSDBondMeasure WV doesn’t prohibit it. Side promises

mean nothing.

 

STOP WASTE. STOP BLANK CHECK. VOTE NO!

STEVE BOGAN

Teacher-Resident

HERMAN MARK SCHOWE

Ink Manufacturer

STEVE O’BARR, Ph.D.

Father of 2 District Students, Teacher

KEN JUDE HOUSE

Foster Parent/Parent of 23 WVUSD Students

EVONNE WANG

Mother of 2 Walnut SD Grads

 

 

Replies to Arguments AGAINST

We’re glad that our opponents have asked you to look at the specific project list

for Measure WV. We hope you will take the time to review it:

http://www.bit.ly/WVProjectList

In fact, Measure WV’s project list has earned praise from local and statewide

taxpayer advocates. The United Walnut Taxpayers called the transparency and

community engagement process created by WVUSD a “win win” for the schools

and the community. California Taxpayers Action Network, normally opposes

most school bonds, endorses Measure WV because WVUSD agreed to its bond

support criteria that ensure taxpayer protection.

Measure WV is focused on essential upgrades and improvements that our

schools need to maintain their competitive edge. Measure WV will upgrade our

older local schools, and provide classrooms, labs and technology for:

-career and technology education classes to prepare students for college and

skilled career paths like health care and engineering

-high quality, up-to-date instruction in math, science, and technology

-improved student safety and security.

Every dollar will be used in our local schools. Measure WV will make our schools

eligible for state matching fundswhich will otherwise go to other school

districts.

Whether or not you have children in school, Measure WV is a wise investment

that will protect the value of your home and the strength of our community.

Please join local parents, taxpayer advocates, elected officials, teachers and

neighbors from Diamond Bar and Walnut: vote Yes on WV.

NELSON HUANG

Chair, Apapa-SoCal Region

ROBERT PACHECO

Walnut City Councilman

WILLIAM LO

President CAAW

RACHEL CHANG

President of DBHS Parent Groups

G. RICK MARSHALL

Chief Financial

Officer California Taxpayers Action Network

 

 

Read the proposed legislation

Proposed legislation

 

“Walnut Valley Local School Improvement Measure.To upgrade classrooms,

science labs, career-training facilities,libraries, and instructional technology to

support student achievement in math, science, engineering, technology, and

skilled trades, acquire, construct and repair classrooms, facilities, sites and

equipment including repairing deteriorating roofs, plumbing, and electrical

systems, and improve student safety and camera security systems, shall Walnut

Valley Unified School District issue $152,880,000 in bonds at legal interest rates,

with independent citizen oversight, and all money locally-controlled?”

PROJECT LIST

The Board of Trustees of the Walnut Valley Unified School District is

committed to maintaining the quality of education in our local public schools.

To do so, the Board is determined to provide classrooms and labs for career and

technology education classes so students are prepared for college and good

paying jobs in fields like health sciences, engineering, technology, and the skilled

trades. To that end, the Board evaluated the District’s urgent and critical facility

needs, including safety issues, class size, computer and information technology in

developing the scope of projects to be funded. The District conducted a facilities

evaluation and received extensive public input in developing this Project List

through school site meetings, community presentations, opinion leader input,

and interactive materials. Teachers, staff, students, 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.Therefore, in approving this Project List, the Board of Trustees

determines that the District must, in a fiscally responsible manner:

(i)provide classrooms and labs needed for career and technology education

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

like health sciences, engineering, technology and the skilled trades; and

(ii)improve student safety and school security systems, including security

lighting, security cameras, emergency communication systems, smoke

detectors, fire alarms and sprinklers; and

(iii)provide classrooms to support quality of instruction in math, science,

engineering, technology and the arts; and

(iv)adhere to specific FISCAL ACCOUNTABILITY safeguards such as:

(a)All money raised must stay in the District and the State 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. However,the District has developed a specific list of

projects by school site to be funded with this Measure and has made initial cost

estimates for those projects. This list was approved by the Board of Trustees on

August 10, 2016, and is incorporated herein in full by this reference. The list can

be found on the District’s website at www.wvusd.k12.ca.usThe following

descriptions are summaries of the types of projects on the approved list.

Renovation, Repair and Upgrade Projects Which Support Student Achievement

Goal and Purpose: Since providing classrooms and labs for career and

technology education classes so students are prepared for college and good

paying jobs in fields like health sciences, engineering,technology and the skilled

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

Repair or replace deteriorating roofs, plumbing, and electrical systems.

Upgrade aging heating, air conditioning and lighting systems.

Upgrade classrooms, science labs and libraries to keep pace with technology.

Repair and modernize old schools, outdated classrooms and school buildings.

Add electrical service capacity to relieve overloaded electrical systems so that

it can handle modern instructional technology.

Provide improved, up-to-date technology infrastructure.

Add classrooms, facilities and technology needed to support quality

instruction in math, science, engineering and technology.

Safety and Security Projects Needed For Students to Succeed in

High School, College and Careers

Goal and Purpose: Since good, safe and up-to-date schools are a wise investment

to (i) help protect and improve local property values, (ii) protect the quality of

life in our community, (iii) maintain the quality of education, and (iv) provide

advanced courses in core subjects like math, science, engineering and

technology, schools and school sites will benefit from a variety of safety and

security projects, such as:

 

 

Student Safety

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

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

emergency.

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

smoke detectors, and fire alarms.

Replace aging, outdated portables with permanent classrooms that meet

21st Century health, safety and academic standards.

Retrofit older buildings so that they are earthquake safe.

Upgrade emergency communication systems to improve student safety.

Remove hazardous materials like asbestos and lead paint from older school

sites.

Each project is assumed to include its share of furniture, equipment,

architectural, engineering, and similar planning costs, program/construction

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 costs of

preparation of all facility planning, facility assessment reviews, 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, sound projection systems, wireless networks,

portable interface devices, printers, upgrade voice-over-IP, phone systems, call

manager and network security and firewall systems, computers, and other

miscellaneous equipment. The repair of school facilities includes the upgrading

and replacing school site parking, campus accessibility, utilities, and grounds,

playground equipment, hard court surfaces, shade structures for student

assembly and protecting students from inclement weather during lunch, libraries,

District support facilities, multi-purpose rooms, cafeterias; enhance signage;

install fire sensor; construct and upgrade athletic facilities, gyms, and play fields

including turf, upgrade electrical wiring; construct labs, music and staff support

rooms and restrooms; renovate and paint interior and exterior building surfaces

to extend their useful life; improve security, install safety and communication

systems and equipment; renovate classrooms, including music and art classrooms

and facilities; upgrade 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 and water recycling and energy efficiency 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. 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 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 acquisition,

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 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.

FISCAL ACCOUNTABILITY: IN ACCORDANCE WITH EDUCATION

CODE SECTION 15272, THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES WILL APPOINT 

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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