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Special District

Cambrian School District
Measure R - 55% Approval Required

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To repair/ upgrade aging classrooms, science labs, school facilities, and instructional technology to support student achievement in math, science, engineering, technology, and arts, repair deteriorating roofs, plumbing, electrical, remove asbestos/lead pipes where needed, and upgrade classrooms/ computers to keep pace with technology, shall the Cambrian School District measure authorizing $88,000,000 in bonds at legal rates be adopted, levying 3 cents/ $100 assessed value ($5,080,000 annually) while bonds are outstanding, with citizen oversight/ all money staying local?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Impartial analysis / Proposal

James R Willilams, County Counsel

 

California law permits school districts to issue bonds with the approval of 55 percent of the voters. Such bonds may only be used for construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, or replacement of school facilities, including the furnishing and equipping of school facilities, or the acquisition or lease of real property for school facilities. These bonds are required to be paid by the levy of ad valorem taxes—a tax on the assessed value—of property within a district.

 

 

 

The Board of Trustees (Board) of the Cambrian School District (District) proposes to issue such bonds in the amount of up to $88,000,000 for the purposes of repairing and upgrading aging classrooms, science labs, school facilities, and instructional technology to support student achievement in math, science, engineering, technology, and art; repairing deteriorating roofs, plumbing, electrical, remove asbestos and lead pipes; and upgrading classroom technology and computers.

 

 

 

As identified in the Measure, projects may include but are not limited to:

 

 

 

  • Modernize classrooms and labs to support high quality instruction in math, science, engineering, technology, music, visual and performing arts.
  • Transform outdated libraries into modern learning centers.
  • Creation of outdoor classrooms, seating and learning quad spaces.
  • Repair or replace deteriorating roofs, plumbing hearing, air conditioning, ventilation, windows and electrical systems.
  • Remove hazardous materials like asbestos and lead pipes from older schools.
  • Replace portable classrooms with modern, permanent classrooms.
  • Upgrade older schools to meet current health codes, building safety codes, and provide proper access for students with disabilities.
  • Improve student safety and campus security systems.
  • Repair and upgrade children’s playground equipment and physical education facilities to meet current health and safety standards.

 

Projects costs include the costs of furnishing and equipping such facilities, and all cost that are incidental but directly related to the types of projects described in the Measure.

 

 

 

The Board has certified that it has evaluated safety, class size and reduction, and information technology needs in developing its project list.

 

 

 

Under the California Constitution, these bond funds cannot be used for teacher and administrator salaries or other school operating expenses. The District also must conduct independent annual performance and financial audits. State law requires the District to have an independent citizens’ oversight committee to help make sure bond funds are spent only for projects included in the Measure.

 

 

 

The District’s stated best estimate of the highest tax rate to be levied to repay the proposed bonds in $30 per $100,000 of assessed value. The District estimates that the total debt service during the life of the bond, including principal and interest, will be approximately $157,485,807.

 

 

 

Measure R was placed on the ballot by the board.

 

 

 

A “yes” vote is a vote to authorize the issuance of the bonds in the amount of up to $88,000,000 to be secured by the levy of ad valorem taxes on property located within the District.

 

 

 

A “no” vote is a vote to not authorize the issuance of the bonds.

 

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

 

EVERY CHILD deserves to learn in safe, quality school facilities. VOTE YES on Measure R to protect and improve the outstanding quality of education that Cambrian School district provides to the children of our community.

 

 

 

Cambrian School District schools have educated generations of local children. But most of our schools were built about 60 years ago and need to be upgraded. The state of our classrooms, facilities and technology is impacting teaching and learning.

 

 

 

Measure R provides a prudent, responsible plan to address the most critical Cambrian School district facilties needs. NO other funding currently exists to properly upgrade these facilities.

 

 

 

Measure R will:

 

  • Modernize classrooms, labs and technology needed to support high quality instruction in math, science, engineering and the Arts.
  • Repair/Replace deteriorating roofs, pluming, hearing, ventilation, and electrical systems where needed.
  • Update classrooms and computer systems to keep pace with technology.
  • Remove hazardous materials like asbestos and lead pipes from our older schools.
  • Upgrade computers and technology needed foe student to take classes, interact with teachers, and complete assignments online if they can’t be there in person.
  • Improve student safety, campus security, and access to school facilities for students with disabilities.

 

 

 

Taxpayer safeguards are REQUIRED:

 

  • All funds STAY LOCAL for Cambrian School district schools
  • The State CANNOT take this funding away
  • Independent Citizens’’ Oversight and audits ensure funds are spent properly

 

 

 

If we want our students to succeed in college and careers, they must be skilled in the use of today’s technologies and have a solid background in science, math, engineering and technology. Measure R will make this possible.

 

 

 

Whether or not you have school-age children, protecting the local quality of education is a wise investment. Good schools protect property values and keep our community strong.

 

 

 

Join teachers, parents, and residents in VOTING YES on Measure R to support quality Cambrian schools.

 

Arguments AGAINST

 

Six years ago, the Cambrian School District voters passed a $39,000,000 bond (debt) to do:

 

 

 

1.       Repair or replaced leaky windows

2.       Upgrading classroom learning technology

3.       Added additional classrooms

4.       Enhance school safety

5.       Upgrade fire and earthquake safety systems

 

 

 

Now, just 6 years later, they want to spend $80,000,000 to do:

 

 

 

1.       Repair/upgrade aging classrooms

2.       Upgrade instructional technology

3.       Modernize aging classrooms

4.       Install campus security/emergency notification

5.       Repair deteriorating roofs, plumbing, and electrical

 

 

 

Amazing how fast schools deteriorate in just 6 ears and at double the price!!!

 

 

 

Would you take out a 25-30 year loan to buy a personal computer than will be obsolete in 4 or 5 years? 

 

 

 

That would be nuts, right? But that is what the district wants you to do…again!!!

 

 

 

A vote for this debt will send a clear message to the District to ask for well over $160,000,000 in another 6 years to, once again, replace aging technology, that you will still be paying for, plus your children and likely your grandchildren.

 

 

 

The website: www.ed-data.org shows declining student enrollment, now down to 3,471, students (2018/19), which means the bond expenses is $23,048 per student not counting interest cost (up to 12%). And that is on top of the ADA revenues of $11,280 per student every year.

 

 

 

Using debt to buy technology that will be obsolete in 4 o 5 years is bad fiscal policy.

 

 

 

Vote No on Measure R and just say NO to bad fiscal policy.

 

 

 

A yes vote will just reward bad behavior. As Parents, we know rewarding bad behavior, just gets you more bad behavior. That is nuts!

 

 

 

Do not burden your children and grandchildren with this debt!

 

 

 

Send a clear message to the District: vote NO on Measure R.

 

 

 

For more information: www.svtaxpayers.org

 

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