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School District Bond

Special District
June 5, 2018California Primary Election

Las Lomitas Elementary School District
Measure R - 55% Approval Required

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To repair/improve aging schools to protect quality academic instruction in math, science/reading with funding that cannot be taken by the State, upgrade leaking roofs, outdated fire alarms, electrical/heating, classrooms/facilities, meet health, safety/seismic codes, acquire, repair, construct, equipment, sites/facilities, shall this Las Lomitas Elementary School District measure be adopted to issue $70,000,000 in bonds at legal rates, levy on average 3 cents/$100 assessed value ($4,900,000 annually) while bonds are outstanding, with citizen oversight?

Impartial analysis / Proposal

The California Constitution and Education Code authorize a school district to issue bonds for specified purposes if issuance of the bonds is approved at an election by 55% of those voting on it.

The Board of Trustees of the Las Lomitas Elementary School District ("District") proposes this measure, which would authorize the District to issue bonds in a principal amount not to exceed $70 million. The bonds will have an interest rate not exceeding the legal maximum and will be repaid within the time permitted by law. The Tax Rate Statement printed in this pamphlet contains the District's best estimates of tax rates required to service the bond debt during the life of the bonds. The District's best estimate of the average annual tax rate levy to fund this bond is $0.03 per $100 (or $30 per $100,000) of assessed valuation. This means that a property assessed at $800,.000 would likely have an annual tax obligation of $240 under this measure. The District estimates that the total amount repyable during the life of the bond, including principal and interest will be approximately $123,912,338. 

The California Constitution requires the listing of specific projects to be funded from the bond revenue and certification that the Board of Trustees has evaluated safety, class size reduction, and information technology needs in the development of that list. The Bond Project List can be found in the full text of the measure and includes:

 * repairing and replacing aging and leaking roofs and outdated fire alarm systems;

 * upgrading outdated heating, air conditioning, ventilation, and electrical systems;

 * upgrading classrooms and educational facilities to meet current health and safety codes;

 * making seismic upgrades; and

 * making campuses accessible for disabled students and adults 

The measure authorizes equipment acquisition, upgrades, repairs, services, construction, and other items related to the listed projects. Projects are authorized at all District locations.

No proceeds from the bonds shall be used for teacher or administrator salaries or operating expenses. 

State law requires that the District take certain steps to account for the proceeds from the bonds. Accordingly, the District will direct the funds to be deposited into a special account, appoint an independent citizens' oversight committee, conduct annual independent performance and financial audits to ensure that funds are spent only for the purposes listed in the Bond Project List and for no other purposes, and prepare annual reports issuing the amount of funds collected and expended and the status of any funded project. 

A "Yes" vote on this measure would authorize the District to issue bonds in a principal amount not to exceed $70 million for the purposes listed in the project list.

A "No" vote would prevent the District from issuing the bonds. 

Arguments FOR

EVERY CHILD deserves to learn in quality school facilities. Your YES VOTE on Measure R will prepare generations of our local students for future success.

Las Lomitas Elementary and La Entrada Middle Schools have served our community well for over 100 years. However, our schools have grown old and are overdue for repairs. Phase One of our school upgrades built over 30 new classrooms to reduce overcrowding and replace outdated portables. There is more work to be done on our existing facilities to bring all of our buildings up to current safety and efficiency standards. Phase Two is now needed to repair and renovate the other 70+ classrooms.

Measure R authorizes funds for needed facility repairs and upgrades to improve student safety, instruction, and learning. NO other funding currently exists to upgrade these facilities.

Measure R will:

 * Repair/replace aging and leaking roofs, outdated electrical, heating, and air conditioning systems

 * Replace outdated fire and security alarm systems, and exterior lighting to improve campus security and safety

 * Make seismic and other upgrades to classrooms, educational facilities and play equipment to meet current health and safety standards

 * Improve school and classroom accessibility for students with disabilities

 * Protect the quality of academic instruction in core subjects like math, science, reading, and writing 

Las Lomitas Elementary School District is proud to have award-winning schools. Measure R protects academic facilities so our excellent instruction and performance standards can be maintained. 

ALL funds stay local. The State CANNOT take this funding away.

Taxpayer protections are REQUIRED.  NO funds can be spent on administrators' salaries or pensions. Independent Citizens' Oversight and mandatory audits ensure funds are spent properly.

Whether or not you have school-age children, protecting our local, high quality education is a wise investment for your property values and a strong community.

VOTE YES on Measure R

 

/s/ Steve Westly, Former Controller, State of California

/s/ Ray Mueller, Vice Mayor, Menlo Park

/s/ John Earnhardt, President, Governing Board, Las Lomitas School District

/s/ Sue Sartor, Retired Principal, Las Lomitas School

/s/ Karen Fryling, Realtor 

Arguments AGAINST

Las Lomitas Elementary School District claims they need $70M (plujs 32 years of interest) to "repair/improve aging schools", virtually identical to the "repair and improve aging schools" statement for the $60M bond in 2013.

This begs the question, why are repairs not part of the normal yearly budget?

Just five years ago they wanted $60M to "meet current health/safety codes" and now 5 years later they want $70M to "meet health, safety/seismic codes."

Deja vu all over again?

Just 5 years ago they wanted to "renovate heating/electrical systems" and now they want another $70M to "upgrade ... electrical/heating".  It's amazing how fast electrical and heating systems can become obsolete. 

If you think that's nuts, we encourage you to vote NO on Measure R.

Las Lomitas Elementary School District is already spending $432,377 per class per year (23 students x $18,799 per student. Source: California Educational Data Partnership) 

The average salary and benefits for teachers is $109,585.

Subtract $109,585 and that's still over $320K per classroom per year. More than enough to buy every student the best laptop on the market.

The administration just wants more of your hard earned money to pad their salaries and fat pension plans.

By law bond fund cannot be used for administration. But funds generated separately from this bond tax can be used for administration expenses without limits. So that is really an empty promise.

Tell the Las Lomitas Elementary School District Board to be fiscally responsible.

Vote NO on Measure R.

For more information, visit us at http://www.svtazpayers.org/2018-las-lomitas-bond 

 

/s/ Mark W.A. Hinkle, President, Silicon Valley Taxpayers Association

/s/ Harland Harrison, Chair, Libertarian Party of San Mateo County 

Replies to Arguments FOR

Las Lomitas Elementary School District claims they need $70M (plujs 32 years of interest) to "repair/improve aging schools", virtually identical to the "repair and improve aging schools" statement for the $60M bond in 2013.

This begs the question, why are repairs not part of the normal yearly budget?

Just five years ago they wanted $60M to "meet current health/safety codes" and now 5 years later they want $70M to "meet health, safety/seismic codes."

Deja vu all over again?

Just 5 years ago they wanted to "renovate heating/electrical systems" and now they want another $70M to "upgrade ... electrical/heating".  It's amazing how fast electrical and heating systems can become obsolete. 

If you think that's nuts, we encourage you to vote NO on Measure R.

Las Lomitas Elementary School District is already spending $432,377 per class per year (23 students x $18,799 per student. Source: California Educational Data Partnership) 

The average salary and benefits for teachers is $109,585.

Subtract $109,585 and that's still over $320K per classroom per year. More than enough to buy every student the best laptop on the market.

The administration just wants more of your hard earned money to pad their salaries and fat pension plans.

By law bond fund cannot be used for administration. But funds generated separately from this bond tax can be used for administration expenses without limits. So that is really an empty promise.

Tell the Las Lomitas Elementary School District Board to be fiscally responsible.

Vote NO on Measure R.

For more information, visit us at http://www.svtazpayers.org/2018-las-lomitas-bond 

 

/s/ Mark W.A. Hinkle, President, Silicon Valley Taxpayers Association

/s/ Harland Harrison, Chair, Libertarian Party of San Mateo County 

Replies to Arguments AGAINST

The opponent of Messure R doesn't live in our community and has made it his mission to oppose every school measure on the San Mateo County ballot. Measure R is absolutely needed and is a sound investment in our local public schools for OUR community and children.

As longtime community members - we know the facts and we're voting YES on Measure R.

Here are the facts:

FACT: Measure R is about one thing - maintaining the quality of education in Las Lomitas Elementary and La Entrada Middle schools.

FACT: With NO real State funding designated for facilities and maintenance, the burden is on us locally to adequately maintain and upgrade our aging school facilities/classrooms.

FACT: Our Facilities Master Plan includes two phases of work - it is essential to our students that we complete both.

FACT: Phase One of our school upgrades built over 30 new classrooms to reduce overcrowding and replace outdated portables.

FACT: Measure R will fund Phase Two - the repair and renovation of the other 70+ classrooms to bring all of our buildings up to current safety/efficiency standards

FACT: All funds from this measure benefit Las Lomitas schools and students. By law, no Measure R funds can be taken by the State or used for administrator salaries or pensions.

FACT: Measure R rerquires strict independent citizens' oversight and annual audits to ensure that the funds are spent as promised.

Don't be deceived by the opponent's inaccurate and misleading statements. Protect the outstanding quality of education in our local public schools. Vote YES on Measure R. 

 

/s/ Kristine M. Reis, Teacher, Las Lomitas School

/s/ Gary Dillabough, Former Parent

/s/ Linda McGeever, Las Lomitas Parent

/s/ Patricia S. McVeigh, Longtime Resident

/s/ Philip Sunshine, MD 

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