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San Joaquin, Stanislaus County, CA November 5, 2002 Election
Measure C
School Bond
Oakdale Joint Unified School District

Bond Authorization - 55% Approval Required

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Should fifty-five percent of the votes cast by the voters of the Oakdale Joint Unified School District voting on the measure allow the District to incur a bonded indebtedness and authorize the issuance and sale of general obligation bonds of the District in the amount of $20,000,000?

Subject to the provisions of the California Constitution and the California Education Code, an annual tax shall be levied upon the property within the jurisdiction of the District for the interest and redemption of all outstanding bonds of the District authorized by this measure. The annual tax shall not be less than sufficient to pay the interest on the bonds as it becomes due and to provide a sinking fund for payment of the principal on or before maturity and may include an allowance for an annual reserve, established for the purpose of avoiding fluctuating tax levies.

Impartial Analysis from the Stanislaus County Counsel
Pursuant to the provisions of section 1, subdivision (b)(3), of article XIII A of the California Constitution, section 15264 and following of the California Education Code, and section 53506 and following of the California Government Code, this measure will, if approved by fifty-five percent of the votes cast by the voters of the Oakdale Joint Unified School District voting on the measure, allow the District to incur a bonded indebtedness and authorize the issuance and sale of general obligation bonds of the District in the amount of $20,000,000.

If the bond measure is approved, pursuant to sections 15278 and 15282 of the California Education Code, the District is committed to establish an independent citizens' oversight committee.

The number of years over which the whole or any part of the bonds are to mature shall not exceed 25 years (pursuant to the authority of the California Education Code) or 40 years (pursuant to the California Government Code), from the date of the bonds or the date of any series thereof.

The District has committed that the proceeds from the bonds will be used to modernize Oakdale High and enlarge its campus, modernize existing and build new elementary schools, replace portables, build new high school and junior high library/media centers, build new aquatic center and athletic fields at high school, and make the District eligible to receive State matching funds.

Subject to the provisions of the California Constitution and the California Education Code, an annual tax shall be levied upon the property within the jurisdiction of the District for the interest and redemption of all outstanding bonds of the District authorized by this measure. The annual tax shall not be less than sufficient to pay the interest on the bonds as it becomes due and to provide a sinking fund for payment of the principal on or before maturity and may include an allowance for an annual reserve, established for the purpose of avoiding fluctuating tax levies.

EDUCATION CODE SECTION 15122.5

Approval of Measure C does not guarantee that the proposed project or projects in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District that are the subject of bonds under Measure C will be funded beyond the local revenues generated by Measure C. The school district's proposal for the project or projects may assume the receipt of matching state funds, which could be subject to appropriation by the Legislature or approval of a statewide bond measure.

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Oakdale Joint Unified School District

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Arguments For Measure C
Oakdale is a unique, special community that we should all be proud of and cherish. Part of this special quality is how we take care of our own and how neighbors are always willing to help each other.

Today, our schools need your help. Your YES vote on Measure C will have a lasting, positive impact on our children's schools and on our community.

Measure C makes financial sense. The passage of Measure C will make the District eligible for over $18 million in State matching funds. The spending of bond money will be annually reviewed by an independent citizen's oversight committee. By law, Measure C funds can not be used for administrative salaries.

Measure C will repair and renovate our schools. Science labs will be repaired and upgraded. Broken and deteriorating plumbing and sewer systems will be replaced. Old electrical systems will be upgraded to give students a safer learning environment. Leaky roofs will be repaired. Inadequate classroom lighting will be upgraded. Outdated heating systems will be repaired. Students will have access to additional classroom technology. Unsafe walkways and asphalt play areas will be replaced. Classrooms will be rewired to accommodate today's computers. Basic repairs to lighting, doors, windows, and flooring will be made to classrooms # many of which are over 40 years old!

Measure C will improve learning and enhance student safety. Oakdale High will be modernized and its campus enlarged. Elementary schools will be repaired and upgraded. New elementary classrooms will be constructed. Improved security systems for student safety will be installed.

Prepare our children's classrooms for the 21st century! Preserve our schools for future generations! Invest in our community!

VOTE YES ON MEASURE C!

Submitted by:

/s/ Margie M. Pedro /s/ Leo Avila /s/ Dale Clipper /s/ Marilyn Rockey /s/ Frank B. Clark

(No arguments against Measure C were submitted)

Tax Rate Statement from the Superintendent of the Oakdale Joint Unified School District
An election will be held in Oakdale Joint Unified School District (the "District") on November 5, 2002 to authorize the sale of $20 million in general obligation bonds. The following information is submitted in compliance with Sections 9400-9404 of the California Elections Code.

1. The best estimate of the tax rate that would be required to fund this bond issue during the first fiscal year after the sale of the first series of bonds, based on estimated assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement, is $.05998 per $100 ($59.98 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2003-04.

2. The best estimate of the highest tax rate that would be required to fund this bond issue, based on estimated assessed valuations available at the time of filing this statement, is $.05998 per $100 ($59.98 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2003-04.

3. The best estimate of the tax rate that would be required to fund this bond issue during the first fiscal year after the sale of the last series of bonds, based on estimated assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement, is $.05931 per $100 ($59.31 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2007-08.

4. The average tax rate that would be required to fund this bond issue, based on estimated assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement, is $.03621 per $100 ($36.21 per $100,000) of assessed valuation.

These estimates are based on projections derived from information obtained from official sources. The actual tax rates and the years in which they will apply may vary depending on the timing of bond sales, the amount of bonds sold at each sale and actual increases in assessed valuations. The timing of the bond sales and the amount of bonds sold at any given time will be determined by the needs of the District. Actual assessed valuations will depend upon the amount and value of taxable property within the District as determined in the assessment and the equalization process.

Dated: July 24, 2002

/s/ Wendell Chun

Superintendent
Oakdale Joint Unified School District

Full Text of Measure C
EXHIBIT A

FINDINGS

The Oakdale Joint Unified School District (the `District'), which serves the community of Oakdale and portions of Stanislaus and San Joaquin Counties, is becoming a recognized leader in providing top quality education to Stanislaus and San Joaquin County students.

The achievements have been accrued by the District as a result of the visionary leadership from the Board of Trustees of the District (the `Board'), as well as from staff members, parents, and members of the District communities. The District has benefited from a community that supports its educational institutions by establishing high standards for academic achievement while at the same time providing the means required to meet and even to surpass those expectations.

The District has a mixture of newer and older facilities. Portions of Oakdale High School and Magnolia Elementary School have been serving students and the community for more than fifty-four (54) and sixty-four (64) years respectively.

In addition, the District is using sixty-seven (67) temporary portable classrooms to provide for necessary student space.

In order to provide our local students with the same classrooms and school facilities as other California school districts, major repairs, upgrades, and classroom construction are necessary to ensure these buildings will remain functional for future generations.

The Board has approved a facilities plan and identified significant repairs, upgrades, and classroom construction needs due to increased enrollment that are more than the District is able to fund from currently available sources or annual revenues.

The District has successfully sought, and continues to seek, all available outside sources of funding to improve our school buildings, including local, state, and federal grants and state bond funds. Historically, the state requires that local school districts provide local funds as a condition of receipt of state matching funds.

It is necessary to seek voter approval of a bond measure in order to provide the local funding for identified school facility repairs, modernization projects, and growth needs to address student enrollment.

BOND AUTHORIZATION

By approval of this proposition by at least 55 percent of the registered voters voting on the proposition, the district shall be authorized to issue and sell bonds of up to $20,000,000 in principal at interest rates below the legal limit, to provide financing for the specific school facilities projects listed in the Bond Project List attached hereto as Exhibit A-1, subject to all the accountability requirements specified below.

BOND PROJECT LIST

The Bond Project List attached to this resolution as Exhibit A-1 shall be considered a part of the ballot proposition and shall be reproduced in any official document required to contain the full statement of the bond proposition.

Approval of this Bond Measure C (the `Measure') does not guarantee that the proposed project or projects in the District that are the subject of bonds under the Measure will be funded beyond the local revenues generated by the Measure. If state matching funds become available, they will be used for and applied to the Bond Project List as per Exhibit A-1. The District's proposal for the project or projects assumes the receipt of matching state funds, which could be subject to appropriations by the Legislature or approval of a statewide bond measure.

ACCOUNTABILITY REQUIREMENTS

The provisions in this section are specifically included in this proposition in order that the voters and taxpayers in the District may be assured that their money will be spent wisely to address specific facilities needs of the District all in compliance with the requirements of Article XIIA, Section 1(b)(3), of the State Constitution and the Strict Accountability in Local School Construction Bonds Act of 2000 (codified at Education Code Sections 15246 and following.)

Evaluation of Needs. The Board, after a lengthy process involving staff members, parents, students, and community members throughout the District, has prepared an updated facilities plan in order to evaluate and address all of the facilities needs of the District and determine which projects to finance from a local bond at this time. The Board hereby certifies that it has evaluated safety, class size reduction enrollment growth, and information technology needs in developing the Bond Project List contained in Exhibit A-1.

Independent Citizens' Oversight Committee. The Board shall establish an Independent Citizens' Oversight Committee pursuant to Education Code Section 15278 and following to ensure bond proceeds are expended only on the school facilities projects listed in Exhibit A-1. The committee shall be established within 60 days of the date when the results of the election appear in the minutes of the Board.

Performance Audits. The Board shall conduct an annual, independent performance audit to ensure that the bond proceeds have been expended only on the school facilities projects listed in Exhibit A-1.

Financial Audits. The Board shall conduct an annual, independent financial audit of the bond proceeds until all of those proceeds have been spent for the school facilities projects listed in Exhibit A-1.

Special Bond Proceeds Account: Annual Report to Board. Upon approval of this proposition and the sale of any bonds approved, the Board shall take actions necessary to establish an account in which proceeds of the sale of the bonds will be deposited. As long as any proceeds of the bonds remain unexpended, the Superintendent of the District shall cause a report to be filed with the Board no later than January 1 of each year, commencing January 1, 2004, stating (1) the amount of bond proceeds received and expended in that year, and (2) the status of any project funded or to be funded from bond proceeds. The report may relate to the calendar year, fiscal year, or other appropriate annual period as the Superintendent shall determine and may be incorporated in the annual budget, audit, or another appropriate routine report to the Board.

FURTHER SPECIFICATIONS

No Administrator Salaries. Proceeds from the sale of bonds authorized by this proposition shall be used only for the construction, reconstruction and/or rehabilitation of school facilities including the furnishing and equipping of school facilities or acquisition or lease of real property for school facilities and not for any other purpose, including teacher and administrator salaries and other school operating expenses.

The proceeds of the bonds will be deposited into a Building Fund to be held by the Stanislaus County Treasurer, as required by the California Education Code.

EXHIBIT A-1

BOND PROJECT LIST

The District intends to complete the following projects, using a combination of funding sources. It is anticipated that bond proceeds will contribute $20 million to said total cost. Other anticipated sources include state matching funds and other available funds.

Scope of Projects. Bond proceeds will be expended to modernize, replace, renovate, construct, equip, furnish and otherwise improve the following facilities of the District located at the high school site, middle school site, and elementary school sites. The specific school facilities projects which are described below include all related and incidental costs, including costs of design, engineering, architect and other professional services, site preparation, utilities, landscaping, incidental costs, and construction management (including construction management by District personnel). The District may alter any of the specific projects which are described below as required by conditions which arise during the course of design and construction.

OAKDALE HIGH SCHOOL

v Modernize Oakdale HS by restoring and renovating deteriorating facilities, including:

1. New roof systems
2. New window systems
3. New heating and air conditioning
4. Upgrade electrical and data systems
5. Paint exterior and interior of facilities
6. Upgrade bathroom/classrooms to American
Disabilities Act (ADA) standards
7. Replace portable classrooms over 25 years old

v Expand Oakdale HS site through the purchase of additional acreage

v Expand athletic facilities, including aquatic center and athletic fields

v Reduce overcrowding at Oakdale High School and provide for growth by building fourteen (14) permanent classrooms and a new 7,000 square foot library/media center with restroom facilities

OAKDALE JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL

v Expand Oakdale Jr HS by adding four permanent classrooms and a permanent Library/media center

NEW ELEMENTARY FACILITIES

v Construct two (2) elementary schools to reduce overcrowding and provide for growth v Replace portable classrooms over 25 years old

MAGNOLIA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

v Modernize Magnolia by restoring and renovating existing facilities by:

1. Replace tile and carpet flooring
2. Paint exterior and interior of facilities
3. Modernize Auditorium # add A/C, ADA improvements, paint
4. Upgrade restrooms/classrooms to ADA standards
5. Replace portable classrooms over 25 years old
6. Replace Main Entrance doors and other door
systems
7. Upgrade electrical and data systems

CLOVERLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

v Modernize Cloverland by restoring and renovating existing facilities by:

1. Upgrade electrical and data systems
2. Paint exterior and interior of facilities
3. Renovate office area for more efficient use
4. Upgrade restrooms/classrooms to ADA standards
5. Replace portable classrooms over 25 years old
6. Replace tile and carpet flooring
7. Remodel cafeteria serving area for greater efficiency

FAIROAKS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

v Modernize Fair Oaks by restoring and renovating

existing facilities by:
1. Upgrade nurse's room for more efficient use
2. Upgrade electrical and data systems
3. Upgrade restrooms/classrooms to ADA standards
4. Paint exterior and interior of facilities
5. Replace portable classrooms over 25 years old
6. Remodel cafeteria serving area for greater
efficiency


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