At its public meeting on June 13, 2022, the Board of Trustees authorized the approval of Resolutions #2021/22-21 “Ordering a School Bond Election on November 8, 2022, for Classroom/School Repair Purposes Requesting Consolidation with other Measures Occurring on November 8, 2022, and Authorizing Necessary Actions;" and 2021/22-22 “Ordering a School Bond Election on November 8, 2022, for Student Safety/Technology Purposes Requesting Consolidation with other Measures Occurring on November 8, 2022, and 2022.
Each resolution calls for a school bond election on November 8, 2022, whereby the voters within the District will be asked to approve general bond authorization in the amounts $74.5 million and $75 million, respectively, a combined total of $149.5 million to provide financing for specific school facilities projects, subject to all of the legally required accountability safeguards.
The District is legally prohibited from advocating for these bonds, but is legally allowed to present information about both. Here are some facts behind the decision and a basic description of how the anticipated funds would be used:
- The District's estimated school facilities project needs in 2018 was $350 million.
- Staff performed surveys at each school to update the urgent school facilities project needs.
- The needs include the following:
- Construct new early education school facilities for 3-5-year-olds serving preschool, transitional kindergarten, and kindergarten students;
- Fund temporary housing for these preschool, transitional kindergarten, and kindergarten students until new facilities are constructed;
- Remove aging and unsafe portable buildings and replace them with permanent facilities;
- Fix or replace deteriorating roofs and windows;
- Renovate aging classrooms and provide flexible classrooms and labs for core academics;
- Replace old, outdated, and inefficient electrical, plumbing, heating, and ventilation systems;
- Modernize and renovate existing permanent classroom buildings and offices;
- Update and modernize school multi-purpose rooms, cafeterias; kitchens, and libraries;
- Update instructional technology at all schools;
- Expand dedicated classrooms for STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math);
- Replace and expand playground structures and sports spaces;
- Improve school fire and earthquake safety preparedness; and
- Improve safety with new fencing, security, and monitoring systems.
These measures would be eligible for State matching funds, as allowed by the California School Facility Program and provisions of the Leroy F. Greene School Facilities Act of 1998 (Senate Bill 50).
For an in-depth look at the District's Facilities Needs Assessment by school, as developed with input from school principals, teachers and staff and the Board Advisory Committee for School Construction, which includes members of the general public, please click on the link that reads "Expand All" at left.