Full text of Measure
The following is the full proposition presented to the voters by the Loma Prieta Joint Union School District.
“To repair Loma Prieta School District’s fire-damaged classrooms and community center, update fire alarms, water systems, electrical/heating/plumbing systems, meet health/safety codes, modernize aging classroom technology, acquire, repair, construct, equipment/sites with funding that cannot be taken by the State shall this Loma Prieta Joint Union School District measure be adopted to issue $10,600,000 in bonds at legal rates, levy on average 3 cents/$100 assessed value ($670,000 annually) while bonds are outstanding, with annual audits and citizens oversight?”
The Board of Trustees (“Board”) of the Loma Prieta Joint Union School District is committed to the academic success of every student, and ensuring that the school facilities and grounds are safe, secure, modern and equipped to provide the best educational environment possible. To that end, the Board received input from teachers, staff and the community and evaluated the District’s urgent and critical facility needs, including the need to repair fire damaged facilities as well as student safety, class size reduction, and computer and information technology, in developing the scope of projects to be funded. Therefore, in approving this Project List, the Board of Trustees determines that the District must:
(i) Repair and replace fire damaged facilities; and
(ii) Ensure schools and grounds are safe, clean and well-maintained; and
(iii) Upgrade deteriorating plumbing, heating, air conditioning and electrical systems; and
(iv) Update fire alarm systems: and
(v) Adhere to specific fiscal accountability safeguards such as:
(a) Prohibit the State from taking any of the funds raised, AND
(b) Require that expenditures must be subject to annual independent financial audits, and
(c) Require independent taxpayer oversight of bond funds.
The Project List includes the following types of upgrades and improvements at the District schools and facilities:
BASIC RENOVATION, REPAIR AND UPGRADE PROJECTS
- Repair the fire damaged community center, classrooms and school facilities.
- Update water systems for drinking water and fire suppression needs.
- Repair and replace outdated fire alarm systems, security alarms and exterior lighting to improve student security and safety.
- Upgrade outdated heating, ventilation, lighting and electrical systems.
- Upgrade classrooms and educational facilities to meet current health and safety codes.
- Remove buildings with asbestos and repair buildings on school property on the north side of Summit Road.
- Modernize aging classroom technology and infrastructure.
- Improve play equipment, play surfaces, fields, sidewalks and parking areas for safety and traffic flow.
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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 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 and master plans, environmental studies, construction documentation, inspection and permit fees, and temporary housing of dislocated District activities caused by bond projects, as well as the refinancing of outstanding lease obligations. The upgrading of technology infrastructure includes, but is not limited to, fiber modifications, servers, switches, routers, modules, computers, district-wide computer labs upgrades, sound and visual projection systems, wiring classrooms for internet connectivity, wireless networks, wireless access points and controllers, portable interface devices, mobile device management systems, printers, upgraded voice systems, call manager and network security/firewall, and other miscellaneous equipment. The repair and improvement of District facilities include the following types of projects: demolish old portables; install, acquire or repair energy efficiency improvements for school buildings, energy efficient lighting, air conditioning, heating, insulation and ceiling systems, and windows; modernize aging classroom technology and infrastructure; repair original kindergarten and auxiliary space/relocation of sub-station to North Campus; construct, upgrade, repair or install school site parking, campus accessibility, utilities, plumbing, gas lines, playground equipment, hard court surfaces, general site paving, roofs, interior and exterior lighting, water heaters, boilers, fences, sidewalks, walkway covers and casework, bell/clock systems, signage, asphalt, fire sensors, telephones, outdated heating and security systems, multipurpose rooms, playgrounds, play fields, including turf and/or artificial turf; renovate, upgrade, relocate or convert classrooms, science labs, STEAM classrooms; upgrade and reconfigure sidewalks, parking lots and drop off/pick up zones to improve student safety; make facility improvements for earthquake safety; improve emergency generator power and install solar power; complete CT Middle School multipurpose room buildout; upgrade electrical wiring and systems; renovate and paint interior and exterior building surfaces to extend their useful life; improve security, install safety, security and communication systems and equipment, windows and floor coverings (including tiles and carpeting); build or upgrade irrigation systems. 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 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 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 specific 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 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. Bond funds shall not be temporarily transferred to the District’s general fund for administrative purposes.