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Los Angeles County, CA November 4, 2008 Election
Measure BB
Mira Costa High School Rehabilitation
Manhattan Beach Unified School District

School Bond - 55% Approval Required

Pass: 12,191 / 61.57% Yes votes ...... 7,610 / 38.43% No votes

See Also: Index of all Measures

Results as of Nov 28 5:11pm, 100.00% of Precincts Reporting (27/27)
Information shown below: Impartial Analysis |

To attract and retain quality teachers, improve instruction, and ensure college and career readiness for local students, shall Manhattan Beach Unified School District rehabilitate 58- year old Mira Costa High School including replacing deteriorated classrooms with new classrooms and science labs, upgrading technology, replacing deteriorated plumbing/restrooms, and improving safety/energy-efficiency, by issuing $67,480,000 in bonds at legal rates, with independent oversight, mandatory audits, no money for administrator salaries, and all funds staying local to improve Manhattan Beach schools?

Impartial Analysis from Raymond G. Fortner, Jr.
County Counsel
Approval of Measure BB would authorize the Manhattan Beach Unified School District (“District”) to issue general obligation bonds in the amount of $67,480,000.

Funds received from the sale of the bonds would be used for the rehabilitation of Mira Costa High School and the payment or prepayment of the District’s 2002 Capital Improvement Project. Specific Mira Costa projects include new classrooms and labs, constructing three science/math teacher preparation rooms, replacing restrooms, plumbing, water/sewer systems with new facilities, replacing electrical, mechanical, heating, cooling, ventilation and utility systems, improving energy efficiency, constructing a multi-purpose lecture classroom for large group instruction/events, improving educational technology and telecommunications infrastructure throughout the campus including upgrading outdated cable, fiber-optics, and hardware, repairing and renovating large multi-purpose classrooms for high-tech job training, repairing, renovating, or reconfiguring 58-year old classrooms, studios, art labs, and practice rooms, upgrading fire safety, emergency communications systems, lighting, walkways, hardscape, fencing and security systems, improving one-stop access for student support services, and reconstructing or replacing the maintenance grounds building. No bond proceeds shall be used for administrators’ or teachers’ salaries or any other school operating expenses.

As required by law, the Board of Trustees of the District (“Board”) has adopted a list of the specific school facilities projects to be funded by the sale of the bonds. The District will cause annual independent performance and financial audits on the expenditure of the bond proceeds. The Board will appoint a Citizens’ Oversight Committee to insure the District’s compliance with authorized expenditures.

The bonds would be issued with maturities at various dates not to exceed forty (40) years, and would be issued at an interest rate that does not exceed the legal maximum rate, presently 12% per annum. The bonds would be repaid by a property tax levied upon real property located in the District at a tax rate not exceeding $37.00 per $100,000 of assessed value.

This Measure requires a fifty-five percent (55%) vote for passage.

Contact FOR Measure BB:

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Manhattan Beach Unified School District
District Statistics
News and Analysis

The Beach Reporter

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