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November 6, 2018 — Elección General de California
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Hayward Unified School District
Measure H - 55% Approval Required

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Resultados electorales

Se aprueba

32,498 votos si (72.92%)

12,070 votos no (27.08%)

100% de distritos activos (136/136).

To provide safe/modern schools; upgrade aging classrooms/school facilities; update classroom technology; provide art/music classrooms; improve accessibility for students with disabilities; upgrade fire safety/emergency communications/school securi ty systems; install solar panels; repair leaky roofs; update plumbing/heating/ventilation systems, shall Hayward Unified School District issue $381,700,000 in bonds at legal rates, levy approximately $60 per $100,000 of assessed value annually (generating approximately $24,502,000), anticipated through 2049- 50, with independent oversight and all funds staying local?

¿Qué es esta propuesta?

Información básica sobre la iniciativa de ley — Información oficial sobre esta iniciativa

Un voto por el SÍ significa

Vote Yes on H to repair Hayward's aging schools, keep students safe and prepare students for college and 21st Century careers.

 

Most Hayward schools were built over 50 years ago and require critical repairs.

 

Measure H makes essential upgrades to classrooms, science labs and school facilities across the district to ensure our students have access to the same educational opportunities as other students in the East Bay.

 

Yes on H improves earthquake safety, fire safety and school security to keep our students safe.

 

Measure H includes a clear system of strict fiscal accountability. Every penny stays local for Hayward schools and students.

 

Vote Yes on H to:

          * Improve student safety and campus security systems

          * Repair leaky roofs, aging plumbing and outdated heating, ventilation and electrical systems

          * Modernize outdated classrooms and labs to support quality instruction in math, science, engineering and technology

          * Replace temporary portables with permanent classrooms

          * Install solar panels to increase energy efficiency and reduce energy costs

          * Update technology infrastructure to support 21st-century learning

          * Improve school access for students with disabilities

          * Provide dedicated classrooms for music and art instruction including a performing arts facility at Mt. Eden High School

 

Strict Fiscal Accountability Requirements

          * All funds stay local in Hayward schools and cannot be taken by the State

          * An independent citizens’ oversight committee and annual audits are mandatory to ensure funds are spent as promised

          * No funds can be spent on administrator and school employee salaries, pensions or benefits

 

Whether or not you have school-age children, protecting the quality of Hayward schools and the value of our homes is a wise investment.

 

Un voto por el NO significa

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INTRODUCTION

 

 The Hayward Unified School District serves the Hayward community in Alameda County and provides a quality education to approximately 20,700 students in transitional kindergarten through twelfth grade. The District was established in 1963 and has several aging schools, and with continued increasing enrollment, it struggles to adequately provide safe and modern classroom facilities for its students.

The Hayward community overwhelmingly supported a school improvement bond measure, Measure L, in 2014 to fund an initial phase of upgrades to our local schools. These necessary improvements to many of our schools were completed on time and on budget. Measure L was only intended to address some of the facility needs identified in the 2006 Facilities Master Plan. The District still has an ongoing need for facilities, infrastructure, and security improvements to meet 21st century instructional standards.

Upgrades to local schools are needed to ensure facilities are accessible for students with disabilities and are equitable for all. Repairs and upgrades are needed at school facilities, including, but not limited to leaky roofs, restrooms, multi-purpose rooms, athletic fields, heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, and the installation of solar panels at school sites to reduce energy operating costs.

Updates to student safety and security systems are also necessary, including, but not limited to, fire safety and emergency communications systems, including security equipment and surveillance cameras. New facilities are needed for music and art instruction. Construction of permanent classrooms to replace aging and unusable portable classrooms is also necessary.

Funds from a local school facilities improvement bond measure cannot be taken away by the State of California and must stay in our local community to upgrade local schools.

A school facilities improvement bond measure will require strict fiscal accountability requirements, including an independent citizens’ oversight committee, mandatory annual audits and a prohibition against any funds being used for administrators’ salaries, pensions or benefits.

Passage of a school facilities improvement bond measure will help the District qualify for State matching funds that otherwise may be lost to other school districts.

 

BONDS         

 

To provide safe/modern schools; upgrade aging classrooms/school facilities; update classroom technology; provide art/music classrooms; improve accessibility for students with disabilities; upgrade fire safety/emergency communications/school security systems; install solar panels; repair leaky roofs; update plumbing/heating/ventilation systems, shall Hayward Unified School District issue $381,700,000 in bonds at legal rates, levy approximately $60 per $100,000 of assessed value annually (generating approximately $24,502,000), anticipated through 2049-50, with independent oversight and all funds staying local.

 

MEASURE

 

As required by the California Constitution, the proceeds from the sale of the bonds will be used only for the purposes authorized under Article XIIIA of the California Constitution, including construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, or replacement of school facilities, furnishing and equipping of school facilities, or the acquisition or lease of real property for school facilities, as specifically set forth in this Exhibit A, and costs incident thereto, and not for any other purpose, including salaries and other routine school operating expenses.

The following list describes the specific projects the District proposes to finance with proceeds of the bonds, including other eligible project funds, such as grants, should they become available to the District. The scope of specific projects, the order of construction, and their completion is contingent on final project costs and the availability of needed funds. Further, projects on the project list are of the type that issuing the authorized general obligation bonds as stated will not cause the State to reduce any financial hardship contribution that would otherwise be available to the District had these bonds not been authorized, issued, and or expended for their stated purpose.

 

 

 

LIST OF PROJECTS TO BE FUNDED BY THE BONDS

 

1. DISTRICT-WIDE SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS, including repairs related to installation and use of modern fire safety/emergency communication systems and other safety improvements, security equipment and/or surveillance cameras, disability access in compliance with state and federal law, including the Americans with Disabilities Act, site access, traffic flow and parking improvements, including parent parking, energy and restroom upgrades.

 

2. SCHOOL FACILITY NEW CONSTRUCTION AND RECONSTRUCTION including rehabilitation or replacement of facilities, with necessary furnishings, equipment and technology upgrades and improvements, installation of site infrastructure, including roof and roof drainage, heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, athletic fields, one performing arts center, and land acquisition as needed for construction.

 

3. REFINANCE OR RETIRE PART OR ALL DEBT on existing facilities and school sites, including but not limited to lease financing obligations secured by real property.  

In accordance with Article XIIIA, section 1, subparagraph (b)(3) of the California Constitution, as funds are available the District will undertake projects for the construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, or replacement of school facilities (which may include the furnishing and equipping of school facilities, or the acquisition or lease of real property for school facilities) such as the following:

 

1. DISTRICT-WIDE CLASSROOM MODERNIZATION AND TECHNOLOGY UPGRADES AND IMPROVEMENTS.

 

2. SCHOOL FACILITIES THROUGHOUT THE DISTRICT to accommodate shifting enrollment including site acquisition, new classrooms, new multi-purpose rooms, science labs, and furnishings and equipment.

 

3. INSTALLATION OF ENERGY EFFICIENT SYSTEMS, including solar improvements, to reduce operational costs and environmental impact.

 

4. DISTRICT-WIDE IMPROVEMENTS, FURNISHINGS AND EQUIPMENT, defined or identified by project type in the District-Wide Facilities Master Plan (“Master Plan”) adopted by the District in 2006, and updated in 2013, and as may be amended from time to time, in order to carry out the District’s mission to ensure quality and equity of facilities District-wide.

The scope of specific projects, the order of construction, and their completion is contingent on final project costs and the availability of needed funds.

Each project is assumed to include its share of costs of architectural, engineering, and similar planning costs, construction management, and a customary contingency for unforeseen design and construction costs.

These projects may include participation in the State Facility Program’s Joint-Use Program to gain matching funds for teacher education, multi-purpose rooms, gymnasiums, libraries, childcare, and other qualifying Joint-Use facilities. With respect to such joint-use projects, the bond funds authorized by this Measure may be used to pay all of the local share needed to qualify the projects for special State matching funds under the State Facility Program’s Joint- Use Program requirements.

The Board of Trustees hereby certifies that it has evaluated the safety, class-size reduction, and information technology needs of the District in developing this list of school facilities projects.

 

ACCOUNTABILITY MEASURES

 

If the bonds are approved, the Board of Trustees will implement the following accountability measures in accordance with State law:

 

(a) Use the bond proceeds only for the purposes authorized under Article XIIIA of the California Constitution, including construction, reconstruction,

rehabilitation, or replacement of school facilities, furnishing and equipping of school facilities, or the acquisition or lease of real property for school facilities and related uses, as specifically set forth in this Exhibit A, and costs incident thereto, and not for any other purpose, including salaries and other routine school operating expenses;

 

(b) Conduct an annual, independent performance audit to ensure that the bond proceeds have been expended only on the projects and uses listed in this Exhibit A;

 

(c) Conduct an annual, independent financial audit of the proceeds from the sale of the bonds until all of those proceeds have been expended for school facilities projects and uses listed in this Exhibit A; and

 

(d) Establish and appoint members to an independent citizens’ oversight committee to ensure the bonds are used only for the projects and uses listed in this Exhibit A.

 

STATE MATCHING FUNDS

 

California Education Code section 15122.5 requires the following statement to be included in this sample ballot:

 

“Approval of this bond measure does not guarantee that the proposed projects in the Hayward Unified School District that are the subject of bonds under this measure will be funded beyond the local revenues generated by this bond measure. The school district's proposal for certain of the projects assumes the receipt of matching state funds, which are subject to appropriation by the Legislature or approval of a statewide bond measure.”

 

ANNUAL TAX AMOUNT, RATE, AND DURATION

 

The bonds shall bear interest at an annual rate not exceeding the statutory maximum. The maturity of the bonds shall not exceed the maximum term allowed by law at the time of issuance (currently 25 years if issued under Education Code section 15140, or 40 years if issued under Government Code section 53508, so long as the bonds are not capital appreciation bonds (“CABs,” which CABs are limited to 25 years)). Accordingly, as further set forth in the tax rate statement, the ad valorem tax will be levied at such rates and for so long as may be required to meet the debt service needs of the bonds proposed to be issued, including such bonds that may be issued to refund any approved bonds.

 

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The listed projects will be completed as needed. Each project is assumed to include its share of furniture, equipment, architectural, engineering, and similar planning costs, program/project management, and a customary contingency for unforeseen design and construction costs. In addition to the listed projects stated above, the Project List also includes the acquisition of a variety of instructional, maintenance and operational equipment, including the reduction or retirement of outstanding lease obligations and interim funding incurred to advance fund projects from the Project List; payment of the costs of preparation of all facility planning, facility studies, assessment reviews, facility master plan preparation and updates, environmental studies (including environmental investigation, remediation and monitoring), design and construction documentation, and temporary housing of dislocated District activities caused by construction projects.

 

The construction of facilities included in the project list above is assumed to include the construction of new schools, classrooms and support sites, including the acquisition of land, necessary furnishings, equipment, technology, and installation of site infrastructure, as needed to accommodate continued growth or shifts in student population and provide additional learning facilities or replace aging facilities.

 

In addition to the projects listed above, the repair and renovation of each of the existing school facilities may include, but not be limited to, some or all of the following: renovate student and staff restrooms; upgrade or install signage, clocks and fencing; repair and replace heating and ventilation systems; upgrade of facilities for energy efficiencies; repair and replace worn-out and deteriorated roofs, windows, walls, doors and drinking fountains; upgrade public address systems; install wiring and electrical systems to safely accommodate computers, technology and other electrical devices and needs; meet earthquake safety standards; improve water conservation; upgrade or construct support facilities, including administrative, physical education (including upgrading gyms, stadiums, athletic facilities, tracks, bleachers, lockers and equipment rooms), theater, and agricultural education classrooms and labs and performing arts and music classrooms; repair and replace fire alarms, emergency communications and security systems; resurface or replace hard courts, turf, install all-weather turf; irrigation and drainage systems and campus landscaping; replace asphalt and broken pavement; expand or improve parking lots and drop-off areas; replace portable classrooms; interior and exterior painting, floor covering and tile replacement; upgrade or expand school cafeterias; construct various forms of storage and support spaces and classrooms; repair, upgrade and install interior and exterior lighting systems; improve athletic fields and shade structures, including adding solar shade structures, and solar panels; replace or upgrade outdated security fences, gates and security systems (including access control systems); and upgrade heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. The upgrading of technology infrastructure includes, but is not limited to, servers, switches, routers, modules, sound projection systems, call manager and network security/firewall, wireless technology systems, and other miscellaneous equipment. Some projects throughout the District may be undertaken as joint use projects in cooperation with other local public or non-profit agencies. The final cost of each project will be determined as plans and construction documents are finalized, construction bids are received, construction contracts are awarded and projects are completed. Based on the final costs of each project, certain of the projects described above may be delayed or may not be completed. Demolition of existing facilities and reconstruction of facilities scheduled for repair and upgrade may occur, if the Board determines that such an approach would be more cost-effective in creating more enhanced and operationally efficient campuses. Necessary site preparation/restoration may occur in connection with new construction, renovation or remodeling, or installation or removal of relocatable classrooms, including ingress and egress, removing, replacing, or installing irrigation, utility lines, trees and landscaping, relocating fire access roads, and acquiring any necessary easements, licenses, or rights of way to the property. Bond proceeds shall only be expended for the specific purposes identified herein. The District shall create an account into which proceeds of the bonds shall be deposited and comply with the reporting requirements of Government Code section 53410.

 

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TAX RATE STATEMENT CONCERNING MEASURE H

 

An election will be held in the Hayward Unified School District (the “District”) on November 6, 2018, to authorize the sale of up to $381,700,000 in bonds of the District for the school facilities projects described in the bond measure. If such bonds are authorized, the District expects to sell the bonds in one or more series. Principal and interest on the bonds will be payable only from the proceeds of tax levies made upon the taxable property in the District. The following information is provided in compliance with sections 9400-9404 of the California Elections Code. Such information is based upon assessed valuations available from official sources and projections based upon experience within the District, and other demonstrable factors. Based upon the foregoing, the following information is provided:

 

(1) The best estimate from official sources of the average annual tax rate that would be required to be levied to fund the bond issue over the entire duration of the bond debt service, based on estimated assessed valuations which are projected based on experience within the District or other demonstrable factors, is $0.05998 per $100 of assessed valuation ($59.98 per $100,000 of assessed valuation). The final fiscal year in which the tax is anticipated to be collected is Fiscal Year 2049-50.

 

(2) The best estimate from official sources of the highest tax rate that would be     required to be levied to fund the bond issue, based on estimated assessed valuations which are projected based on experience within the District or other demonstrable factors, is $0.0600 per $100 of assessed valuation ($60.00 per $100,000 of assessed valuation). The estimated year in which that rate would apply is Fiscal Year 2032.33.

 

(3) The best estimate from official sources of the total debt service, including the principal and interest, that would be required to be repaid if all the bonds are issued and sold is $854,067,102 ($381,700,000 of principal and $472,367,102 of interest). This estimate is based on assumptions regarding future interest rates and the term, timing, structure and amount of each series of bonds.

 

Voters should note that such estimated tax rates are specific to the repayment of bonds issued under this authorization and are and will be in addition to tax rates levied in connection with other bond authorizations approved or to be approved by the District or any other overlapping public agency.

 

Voters should note that the estimated tax rate is based on the ASSESSED VALUE of taxable property on Alameda County’s official tax rolls, not on the property’s market value. Property owners should consult their own property tax bills to determine their property’s assessed value and any applicable tax exemptions.

 

Attention of all voters is directed to the fact that the foregoing information is based upon the District’s projections and estimates only, which are not binding upon the District. The actual tax rates and the years in which they will apply may vary from those presently estimated, due to variations from these estimates in the timing of bond sales, the amount of bonds sold and market interest rates at the time of each sale, and actual assessed valuations over the term of repayment of the bonds. The dates of sale and the amount of bonds sold at any given time will be determined by the District based on need for construction funds and other factors. The actual interest rates at which the bonds will be sold will depend on the bond market at the time of each sale. Actual future assessed valuation will depend upon the amount and value of taxable property within the District as determined by the Alameda County Assessor in the annual assessment and the equalization process.

 

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