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Laytonville Unified School District
55% Approval Required
Pass: 610 / 68.69% Yes votes ...... 278 / 31.31% No votes
Index of all Measures
|Results as of Nov 4 10:10pm, 0.0% of Precincts Reporting (0/7)|
|Information shown below: Impartial Analysis | Arguments | Full Text|
To upgrade and modernize Laytonville schools, repair and replace the oldest parts of the elementary school, increase efficiency and install renewable energy upgrades to reduce operating costs, improve access to modern technology, and construct, acquire, and repair classrooms, sites, facilities and equipment, shall Laytonville Unified School District issue $5,500,000 in bonds at legal rates, with no money for administrators' salaries, annual financial audits, and independent citizens' oversight to ensure funds are only spent improving local schools?
This measure includes the accountability requirements set forth in the Constitution and Education Code.
This measure shall become effective only upon the affirmative vote of fifty-five percent (55%) of those electors voting on the measure.
Pursuant to Elections Code Sections 9400 et seq., the District has prepared a Tax Rate Statement which estimates the property tax levies required to pay off the bonds. The information provided is based on the District's projections and estimates and are not binding on the District. Proceeds from the sale of the bonds authorized by this proposition, if passed, shall not be used for teacher and administrator salaries and other operating expenses.
A YES vote will authorize the issuance and sale of bonds for said purposes.
A NO vote will disallow the issuance and sale of bonds for said purposes.
DATED: July 18, 2014
s/Douglas L. Losak Douglas L. Losak, Acting County Counsel County of Mendocino
|Arguments For Measure Q||Arguments Against Measure Q|
|In the Laytonville Unified School District, we educate local students from pre-school through high school. We facilitate a culture of high academic standards and an atmosphere of caring and respect, preparing our students for success throughout their lives. Our schools serve as community centers and are a great source of pride + but now they need our help. Vote YES on Measure "Q"!
In 2000, more than two-thirds of us supported our schools and approved Measure "D", which allowed the District to obtain more than $5.5 million from Sacramento and build the new Laytonville High School. However, while classrooms and buildings at the elementary school have been well maintained over the years, they are old and need to be repaired or replaced, and there are other projects that could help us improve the educational experience we provide to students. While we can't afford to do everything at once, we also cannot afford to ignore the needs! Vote YES on Measure "Q"!
To replace facilities that are more than 60 years old with 21st Century classrooms + and complete other important improvements + the Board has placed Measure "Q" on the November 4th ballot. Vote YES on Measure "Q" because it will:
s/Calvin Harwood Calvin Harwood, School Board President
s/James E. Little James E. Little, Chief of the Fire Department
s/Lurane Cassidy Lurane Cassidy, Local Business Owner
s/Jennifer Jepson Jennifer Jepson, Parent
s/Marsha Smythe Marsha Smythe, Long-Term Resident
No Arguments Against Measure Q were submitted.
|Full Text of Measure Q|
The Board of Trustees (the "Board") of the Laytonville Unified School District is committed to providing the local facilities and equipment needed to provide a quality education to our students. To that end, the Board evaluated the District's urgent and critical facility needs, including safety issues, class size reduction, computer and information technology, and prepared a Facility Assessment and Master Plan Report approved by the Board in November 2013 (the "Master Plan") which is incorporated herein, in developing the scope of projects to be funded. The District conducted a facilities evaluation and received public input in developing this Project List through school site meetings, and community presentations. Teachers, staff, students, community members and the Board have prioritized the key needs so that the most critical facility needs are addressed. The Board concluded that if these needs are not addressed now, the problems will only become more pressing and expensive to address. Therefore, in approving this Project List, the Board of Trustees determines that the District should:
(i) repair, replace and upgrade our oldest classrooms and facilities; and
(ii) increase efficiency and install renewable energy upgrades to reduce operating costs and put more money in the classroom; and
(iii) improve classroom access to modern technology; and
(iv) adhere to specific FISCAL ACCOUNTABILITY safeguards such as:
(a) Require all funds to be used improving local classrooms and facilities,
(b) Require annual independent financial audits, and
(c) Require the appointment of independent citizens' oversight committee must be appointed to ensure that all funds are spent only as authorized.
The Project List includes the following types of upgrades and improvements at the District schools:
Repair, Upgrade and Replacement Projects
Goal and Purpose: Portions of Laytonville Elementary School were built in the 1950's, and need to be repaired, replaced and upgraded, including:
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.
TAX RATE STATEMENT Laytonville Unified School District, Measure "Q"
An election will be held in the Laytonville Unified School District (the "District") on November 4, 2014, to authorize the sale of up to $5,500,000 in bonds of the District to finance school facilities as described in the proposition. If the bonds are approved, the District expects to issue the bonds in multiple series over time. Principal and interest on the bonds will be payable from the proceeds of tax levies made upon the taxable property in the District. The following information is provided in compliance with Sections 9400 through 9404 of the California Elections Code.
s/Joan Viada Potter Joan Viada Potter, Superintendent Laytonville Unified School District