2008 General Obligation Bond Election and Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee (COC)
In June 2008 the public voted to authorize $80 million in GO Bonds to improve facilities and safety for SCESD schools. Attached to the formal Bond authorization question was the "Exhibit A"
Project List (TAB A). Initially, $25 million in GO Bonds [Series A ($20MM) and Series B ($SMM)] was funded. Of this total, $1SMM was used to reduce district debt and $10MM was used to improve district facilities consistent with TAB A. As tax payers paid annual assessments and the assessed values on homes increased, the district was able to refund (refinance) the Series A bonds and reduce the public liability by $3.9MM. At the same time, the district issued $20MM in Series C GO Bonds in order to continue to repair and modernize district schools. This money is now available to improve our schools.
The issuance of GO Bonds dictates that a Citizens Oversight Committee (COC) be established to advised the public on the compliance by the district as the district expends those funds. Specifically, "The purpose of the citizens' oversight committee shall be to inform the public concerning the expenditure of bond revenues. The citizens' oversight committee shall actively review and report on the proper expenditure of taxpayers' money for school construction. The citizens' oversight committee shall advise the public as to whether a school district or community college is in compliance with the requirements of paragraph (3) of subdivision (b) of Section 1 of Article XIII A of the California Constitution."
Facilities Master Plan
The district contracted with Belli Architecture Group (Belli) to review the outdated Facilities Master Plan of 2008 completed by NTD Architecture and develop a new plan consistent with the district's needs. Belli AG presented the new Facilities Master Plan to the Board in January 2018.
In the 2018-19 school year and continuing into the summer as the 2019-2020 school year starts the district intends to complete the following projects:
• Replacement of all courtyard windows in Lincoln and Roosevelt schools. This will complete the window replacement project started over three years ago. The replacement windows are designed to match or complement the original windows in these two historic schools.
• Modernization of the Lincoln school main entry and administrative offices. This will significantly improve functions within the office while also improving access security with electronically controlled doors and cameras.
• Modernization of the Sherwood school main entry and administrative offices. This will improve functional personnel flow and support by staff while also improving and limiting access control with electronic controls and cameras.
• Installation of perimeter security fencing and electronic access points at Boronda DIA.
• Replacement of asphalt play areas and expansion of the Maple Street parking lot at Lincoln ES.
• Replacement of fire alarm system at Sherwood ES.
• Water bottle filler stations: Install up to 100 units across all schools.
Future Projects under consideration
• Roof replacement at Laurel Wood ES.
• Roof replacement at Loma Vista rooms 16-19.