|This proposition may be known and referred to as the San Leandro Quality Education Act.
To provide quality educational programs for San Leandro students, improve school safety, attract and retain quality teachers and staff, restore custodians and update technology, shall the San Leandro Unified School District be authorized to establish the San Leandro Quality Education Act, a special tax of one-and-two-tenths cents ($0.012) per square foot per parcel for six years, beginning July 1, 2006, offering an exemption to citizens 65 years and older, with expenditures monitored by an independent oversight committee?
This Measure provides the additional funding required to restore, maintain and enhance a quality San Leandro educational program.
Upon approval of two thirds of those voting on this Measure, the District will be authorized to levy a qualified special tax, known to as and referred to as the San Leandro Quality Education Act, for the following purposes:
A. School Academic and Enrichment Programs: Up to twenty percent (20%) of the available revenues of this Measure shall be dedicated annually to the purpose of providing each District school site School Academic and Enrichment Programs in areas such as music, the arts, athletics, sciences, career technical, alternative/intervention, tutoring and student activities.
B. Improve School Safety at all District Schools: Up to nine-and-one-half percent (9.5%) of the available revenues of this Measure shall be dedicated annually to the purpose of improving school safety at all District schools.
C. Attract and Retain Highly Qualified Teachers and Staff: Up to thirty-three percent (33%) of the available annual revenues of this Measure shall be dedicated annually to the purpose of attracting and retaining highly qualified teachers and staff by (i) providing more competitive salaries; (ii) preventing the elimination of certificated and classified staff positions; (iii) supporting the continuation of student support services; and (iv) supporting the maintenance of existing educational programs.
D. Restore Custodians: Up to nine-and-one-half percent (9.5%) of the available annual revenues of this Measure shall be dedicated annually to the purpose of increasing staffing of custodians.
E. Increase Music and Art Enrichment Programs at Every School: Up to four-and-seven-tenths (4.7%) of the available annual revenues of this Measure shall be dedicated annually to the purpose of implementing the 5- year Visual and Performing Arts Plan (drama, music, arts, dance).
F. Enhance Career Technical Education: Up to four-and-seven-tenths percent (4.7%) of the available annual revenues of this Measure shall be dedicated annually to the purpose of providing staffing, program coordination, equipment expansion and upgrades, and start-up computers for career technical education (e.g. an engineering academy).
G. Help At-Risk Middle School Students: Up to four-and-eight-tenths percent (4.8%) of the available annual revenues of this Measure shall be dedicated annually to the purpose of providing a class for at-risk students at the middle school level.
H. Provide Technical Support: Up to eight-andtwo- tenths percent (8.2%) of the available annual revenues of this Measure shall be dedicated annually to the purpose of providing computer technical support to each District school and department.
I. Implement Measure: Up to five-and-six-tenths percent (5.6%) of the available annual revenues of this Measure shall be dedicated annually to the purpose of providing necessary clerical and office support in order to implement this Measure.
The Board of Education will fund all of the programs listed above, unless the Board of Education determines in any given year that changes in student population, fiscal constraints, or other changes in state or federal funding make doing so infeasible or inadvisable. In any event, the Board of Education will not fund any program or reduction other than those listed above from the proceeds of the special taxes.
The San Leandro Quality Education Act would be in effect for a period of Six (6) years, beginning July 1, 2006, at the rates shown below, on each assessor's parcel located wholly or partly within the school district.
Each year as part of the annual budget adoption process, the Board of Education will determine the total amount of expenditures necessary to provide a superior educational program including the specialized services and programs enumerated above and deduct therefrom the projected revenue to be gathered from sources other than this special tax. The difference, if any, shall be the maximum amount of funds to be derived from the tax authorized by this measure for such year. If the necessary funds are such that the maximum rates set forth below are not needed, then the Board of Education shall reduce these rates proportionately so that only the necessary amount of funds is raised.
Prior to the levying of the special tax in any given year, the Board will conduct a public hearing on the matter. Notice of the time, date, and place of hearing shall be published pursuant to Government Code Section 6061 at least once in a newspaper of general circulation in the District, at least fifteen (15) days prior to the hearing. Following said hearing each year, the Board shall adopt a resolution establishing the amount of tax to be raised for that year and the rate per parcel, not to exceed the rates and amounts enumerated below. Any tax levied shall become a lien upon the properties against which taxes are assessed and collectible as herein provided.
The special tax shall be levied on all parcels of property in the San Leandro Unified School District, except where such parcels are otherwise exempt from taxation. The tax levied shall be at the rate of one-and-two-tenths cents ($0.012) per square foot per parcel per year, on all residential, commercial, industrial and institutional parcels, whether such parcels are improved or unimproved.
An exemption shall be granted for any parcel owned and occupied by one or more persons 65 years of age or older who occupy the parcel as a principal residence, following a one-time application for exemption.
ACCOUNTABILITY AND COMPLIANCE MEASURES
In accordance with the requirements of California Government Code sections 50075.1 and 50075.3, the following accountability measures, among others, shall apply to the special taxes levied in accordance with this Measure:
(a) Proceeds of this San Leandro Quality Education Act shall be deposited into a resource fund which shall be kept separate and apart from other funds in the District and shall be applied only as set forth in this Measure.
(b) An Annual Report, including the revenues generated by this San Leandro Quality Education Act, the expenditures of these monies, and the status of any projects funded by these monies, shall be produced by the Assistant Superintendent + Business of the District for the Board of Education no later than January 1 of the year following the fiscal year during which the monies were expended. In addition, the regular interim reporting of the Measure's fund balances given to the Board of Education shall also be transmitted directly to the Quality Education Oversight Committee (below).
(c) To ensure additional accountability, the Quality Education Oversight Committee, an independent volunteer community committee, shall oversee all expenditures funded by the measure to ensure that said funds are spent in accordance with the purposes approved by the voters. This committee shall monitor the expenditures of these funds by the District and shall report annually to the community at a public board meeting on how these funds have been spent.
The committee shall be composed of members nominated as follows:
(1) One parent/legal guardian member nominated by each of the District's School Site Councils.
(2) One parent/legal guardian member nominated by the District English Language Advisory Committee (DELAC).
(3) One employee member nominated by each of the District's employee unions/associations.
(4) Two members residing within the San Leandro Unified School District boundaries nominated by the City of San Leandro.
(5) Two members nominated by the San Leandro Chamber of Commerce.
(6) One member nominated by the Rental Housing Owners Association of Southern Alameda County.
(7) One senior citizen member residing within the San Leandro Unified School District boundaries nominated by the City of San Leandro Senior Commission.
(8) One San Leandro High School (SLHS) student member nominated by the SLHS principal.
(9) One Lincoln High School student member nominated by the Lincoln High School principal.
(10) One member nominated by the District's Superintendent of Schools. All nominations shall be confirmed by the Board of Education.
(d) Each year, in connection with the annual audit of the District's finances, an independent auditor retained by the District shall determine whether funds generated by this Measure have been allocated and expended in compliance with the conditions of the Measure, generally accepted accounting principles, and the Standards and Procedures for Audits of California K-12 Local Educational Agencies.
(e) The above provisions shall be in addition to civil remedies available at law for assuring compliance with the terms of this Measure.
PROTECTION OF FUNDING
Current law forbids any decrease in State or Federal funding to the District because of the District's adoption of a parcel tax. However, if any such funds are reduced because of the adoption of this parcel tax, then the amount of the special taxes will be reduced annually as necessary in order to restore such State or Federal funding.