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Special District

Lawndale Elementary School District
Measure EE - 55% Approval Required

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Election Results

Passing

4,431 votes yes (60.87%)

2,849 votes no (39.13%)

To continue critical renovation and modernization at District schools; modernize outdated classrooms, restrooms and school facilities; make safety and security improvements, and replace temporary portables with permanent classrooms; shall Lawndale Elementary School District issue $33,800,000 of bonds at legal interest rates, generating an average $2,200,000 annually as long as bonds are outstanding at a rate of approximately 3 cents per $100 assessed value, with annual audits, independent citizens' oversight, NO money for salaries and all money staying local?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Impartial analysis / Proposal

Approval of Measure EE ("Measure") would authorize the Board of Education ("Board") of the Lawndale Elementary School District ("District"), which placed the Measure on the ballot by Resolution No. 11, to issue general obligation bonds in a maximum principal amount not to exceed $33,800,000.

Proceeds from the sale of the bonds authorized by the Measure shall be used only for the purposes specified in the Measure, including, repairs and upgrades of fire alarm systems, intrusion and security systems, video systems, lighting, communication systems, walkways and ramps, asphalt-paved areas, roofing and waterproofing systems; build, repair, renovate, and replace aging classrooms, libraries/media centers, labs, core building and utility infrastructure and equipment, technology infrastructure upgrades, outdoor structure upgrades, and hardscape/fields/landscaping and equipment school grounds upgrades throughout the District. Bond proceeds may not be expended on teacher or administrator salaries or other operating expenses.

The Board shall establish an independent Citizens' Oversight Committee and cause independent performance and financial audits to be conducted annually to ensure bond proceeds are expended as specified in the Measure. The Superintendent shall cause a report to be filed with the Board annually commencing January 1, 2021, reporting on the bond proceeds and expenditures, and the status of projects funded or to be funded from bond proceeds.

Approval of the Measure does not guarantee proposed projects will be funded beyond the local revenues generated by the Measure. The District's project proposals may assume receipt of matching State funds subject to appropriation by the Legislature or approval of a statewide bond measure.

Bonds shall be issued pursuant to the California Constitution, Education Code and other laws. The bonds may be issued in one or more series over time. The interest rate and maturity date on any bond shall not exceed the maximum allowed by law. According to the District's Tax Rate Statement, the best estimate of the average annual tax rate required to fund the bonds, based on assessed valuations available when the District filed the statement, is $30 per $100,000 of assessed valuation. The estimated total debt service required to be repaid if all bonds are issued and sold is $70,730,000, including principal and interest. Estimated tax rates are based on the assessed value of taxable property on official rolls, not on a property's market value.

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

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

Everyone knows the importance and value of having quality schools. From higher achieving students, to greater neighborhood safety and improved property values, quality schools make a difference. While our teachers and staff do their best in educating our children, many classrooms and school facilities at the Lawndale Elementary School District are outdated and inadequate to provide students with the facilities they need to succeed. This is why our students need your YES vote on Measure EE!

Our children need your Yes vote on Measure EE! Aging classrooms and facilities must be upgraded since many do not meet 21st century standards. Much was done with the funds from our successful 2016 school improvement measure, including repairing deteriorating plumbing and sewer systems, but more work is needed. Your YES vote on Measure EE will ensure a safe, clean, and modern learning environment for children for decades to come.

If passed, Measure EE will provide funding to make facility improvements at Lawndale schools by constructing libraries and media centers at schools that do not currently have them; making health, safety and handicapped accessibility improvements; repairing or replacing leaky roofs; updating inadequate electrical systems; and replacing outdated heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems.

Measure EE makes financial sense and protects taxpayers. All funds must be spent locally and cannot be taken by the State. By law, spending must be reviewed and annually audited by an independent citizens' oversight committee and funds can only be spent to improve our local schools, not for teacher or administrator salaries.

Measure EE upgrades and renovates old and inadequate school facilities, improves the education of local children, and maintains the quality of our community. That's something we can all support. Please join us and VOTE YES ON MEASURE EE!

MELANIE LUCAS
Parent

ROCIO MENDOZA
DELAC Vice President

MONICA ALMARAZ
Business Owner

MAGDALENA GUILLÉN
Lawndale Ed. Foundation-CFO

VARUN SUNNY TAMRAKAR
School Site Council Member

Arguments AGAINST

NO ARGUMENT AGAINST THIS MEASURE WAS SUBMITTED
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