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Los Angeles County, CA June 5, 2001 Election
Measure K
School Facilities, Renovation/Addition. Monitoring by Citizens' Oversight Committee.
Covina-Valley Unified School District

Bond Measure

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To improve health and safety conditions of neighborhood schools, relieve classroom overcrowding, replace inadequate electrical, heating and ventilation systems, roofs, plumbing and sewer systems, renovate outdated science laboratories, and renovate and/or add classrooms and other facilities, shall Covina-Valley Unified School District issue $50 million of bonds at interest rates within the legal limit and appoint a citizens' oversight committee to guarantee funds are spent only on school facilities?

Impartial Analysis from Lloyd W. Pellman, County Counsel
Approval of Measure K would authorize the Covina-Valley Unified School District to issue $50,000,000 in general obligation bonds.

Fund received from the sale of the bonds would be used for the acquisition and improvement of real property, including the repair, rehabilitation, renovation and replacement of roofs, plumbing, sewer, electrical, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems of portions of the District's existing education facilities. Funds would also be used to add and modernize classrooms, to modernize science laboratories, and to update facilities for technology access.

The District will appoint a citizen's oversight committee to guarantee funds are spent only on school facilities.

The bonds would be issued and sold at an interest rate not to exceed the maximum rate allowed by law, and would be repaid by a property tax levied upon real property located within the District over a period not to exceed forty (40) years.

This measure requires a two-thirds (2/3) vote for passage.

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Arguments For Measure K Arguments Against Measure K
Our local schools are facing a crisis. Despite the efforts of dedicated teachers, staff, supportive parents, and community volunteers working to provide quality educational opportunities for children, aging and overcrowded schools are negatively affecting student achievement.

Local schools are all more than 35 years old and need significant repair and renovation. Over the years, the District has maintained schools to keep them in working order. However, routine maintenance efforts can no longer keep up with the needs of the schools.

Aging roofs leak, plumbing systems are deteriorating, and electrical systems are inadequate for technology. Heating and ventilation systems no longer work properly and are costly to operate. Energy efficient systems are needed to lower operational costs.

Restrooms for children must be repaired. Classrooms, school libraries, and science laboratories are inadequate for today's academic needs. Many schools need upgraded fire, safety, and security systems.

Passage of Measure K will provide funds for the repair and renovation of school facilities and to add additional classrooms to relieve overcrowding.

All money raised by Measure K will be used to benefit Covina-Valley students. An independent oversight committee will monitor all expenditures to ensure funds are spent properly.

By law, every dollar raised by Measure K will go directly into necessary repairs. Bond funds cannot be used for administrators' or teachers' salaries.

Limited state funds are available, but local school districts must have local matching funds to receive these funds. Passage of Measure K will qualify our community to receive state funding thereby reducing the cost to local taxpayers.

Measure K will improve the learning environment and health and safety conditions in our schools, relieve overcrowding, and maintain higher property values. Measure K is supported by teachers, parents, local business leaders and senior citizens.

We respectfully urge your YES vote.

Charles M. Kemp Educator/Civil Leader

Linda J. Shafer Former President, Covina-Valley Council PTA President-Elect, First District PTA

R. James Teal, D.D.S. Former President, Covina-Valley Board of Education

Don McCord Educator/Former President, Covina Unified Education Association

Jacqueline A. Miller President-Elect, Assistance League of Covina-Valley

No argument against this measure was submitted.

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