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June 7, 2016 — California Primary Election
Special District

Hermosa Beach City School District
Measure S Bond Measure - 55% Approval Required

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Election Results

Passed

4,040 votes yes (59.72%)

2,725 votes no (40.28%)

100% of precincts reporting (12/12).

To reduce student overcrowding and make safety, security, and health improvements; construct, renovate, modernize and equip classrooms and facilities at North, Valley and View Schools; replace or repair roofs; provide technology improvements for students; and upgrade or replace outdated electrical, plumbing, heating and air conditioning systems, shall Hermosa Beach City School District issue $59,000,000 of bonds at legal interest rates, and have an independent citizens' oversight committee with no money for administrative salaries or taken by the state?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

YES vote means

  • Student enrollment at View, Valley, North school sites is redistributed and aligned with school capacity
  • Removal of 15 temporary & permanent portable classrooms at View and 3 portable classrooms at Valley
  • Secure and safe schools, with monitored entry points, technology security  systems
  • Stages, labs, teacher’s  lounge and multipurpose rooms are not used as general education classrooms
  • Maintenance of small class sizes and return of full day kindergarten
  • Investment in Hermosa Beach, all bond money stays in Hermosa Beach
  • Eligible for potential matching funds from the passage of the proposed state bond (if the state bond passes, ALL taxpayers will be funding it and HBCSD should be positioned to be a recipient of funding that we would be paying taxes for)
  • Reduction in the costs of maintaining aging facilities as well as the incorporation of LEEDS environmental systems and features to protect the environment and align with the City's vision of carbon neutrality

NO vote means

  • Two schools will continue to be significantly overcrowded and over capacity.
  • Unsecured  and open school sites in a community that attracts tourists and persons from out of the area.
  • Continued half day kindergarten program due to impacted classroom space
  • Specialized lab programs in the arts and sciences may be abandoned or placed in standard classrooms
  • Buildings will require expensive upgrades and maintenance funded from the emergency district reserve
  • Non utilization of North School; a valuable district and community asset that is not being used by the children of Hermosa Beach to address overcrowding, lack of secure campus’, and neighborhood congestion around Valley and View schools. 
  • Hermosa Beach City School District desirability/maintenance of the community reputation for excellent schools may affect increased property values
  • Potential use of North School open space for the addition of portable classrooms to return full day kindergarten or use the open space at North to store maintenance equipment, vehicles, and bins,

Summary

http://hbcsd.org/District/23665-Untitled.html

    • $59 million facilities improvement bond
    • an all district solution (View, Valley and North schools) to address our overcrowded and outdated facilities
    • the preservation of Valley Park
    • $29.50 tax rate per $100,000 ASSESSED VALUE
    • lowest amount of bond indebtedness compared to neighboring districts
    • a reinvestment one of the city's greatest assets; quality schools

 

Background

http://hbcsd.org/District/23665-Untitled.html

What is Measure S? 
  • $59 million facilities improvement bond
  • an all district solution (View, Valley and North schools) to address our overcrowded and outdated facilities
  • the preservation of Valley Park
  • $29.50 tax rate per $100,000 ASSESSED VALUE
  • lowest amount of bond indebtedness compared to neighboring districts
  • a reinvestment one of the city's greatest assets; quality schools

Were options other than the North School site explored?

Yes, options were explored by the Facilities Planning Advisory Committee, Board of Trustees and the City Council during  joint City Council/School Board Meetings.

What were the specific options that the Facilities Planning Advisory Committee explored?

In 2013, the Facilities Planning Advisory Committee (FPAC) held 7 meetings to discuss the modernization of North School, the new construction of North School, the consideration of a land swap of North School for other properties in the city and the hiring of an educational architect to develop a Long Range Facilities Master Plan.

What properties were explored by the FPAC as possible alternatives to North School?

On March 20, 2013, the FPAC discussed the Community Center option.  City Planning Director Pam Townsend was present at the meeting and later provided documents and a statement that there is no provision for the school district to reoccupy the site for a school so that option is not viable as discussed. (Lease Agreement located under Measure S - History) 

Also considered and discussed by FPAC were the Time Warner Building, Hope Chapel, St Cross, and South Park.  Each of these properties is either privately owned or owned by the City.  The discussion criteria was based on cost, timeline, location, state requirements and site flexibility.

 

Why has the district proposed the building of 17 classrooms at North School?

Third grade falls under the state class size reduction ratio of 24:1 and when the current kindergartners become third graders in 2019, 7 classrooms would be appropriate plus 5-6 classrooms for fourth graders.  Residents and other participants in the February Board Envisioning Workshop supported the proposal of 17 classrooms at North stating flexibility and options for specialty classes.

What is the role of the Citizen’s Oversight Committee and how is it regulated?

Upon the passage of a local bond measure, the state of California requires that all school districts create a Citizen’s Oversight Committee, ED CODE: 15272, which will conduct annual independent audits to assure that funds are spent only on the list of projects authorized in the bond language and for no other purpose. 

Why were the proposed grade levels at North changed from K-2 (Measure Q) to 3-4th (Measure S) ?

During discussions held with the community regarding the concerns of the North School neighborhood regarding traffic, the board discussed and determined that 3rd and 4th grade students were more likely to have the option to walk, skate or ride their bike to school, whereas, K-2 school age students were more likely to be driven to school, car parked and walked into the school.  The change was a response by the board to the community’s preference for the housing of older students on the North School site.

Why aren’t the district elementary schools (K-5) configured like the neighborhood schools in Manhattan and Redondo Beach?

During the Long Range Facilities Planning process, public discussions were held regarding the pros and cons of neighborhood schools versus the current structure of Hermosa Beach schools in which all students at each grade level attend the same school.  The reasons for continuing this structure were building community amongst grade level families, elimination of redundancy of facilities (cost savings), and cohesive academic planning.

Is it true that the cost of completely rebuilding North School estimated at $14 million in 2014 is now estimated at $32 million to completely rebuild?

No.  On page 115 of the 2014 district Long Range Facilities Master Plan (LRFMP), Option B is an option to modernize, not rebuild, North School for $14 million.  On page 117 of the district LRFMP, Option D is an option to completely rebuild (new construction) a new school at North for $28 million + $5.8 million for a second story of classrooms. 

Has the district’s enrollment declined from September 2014 to the present? 

Yes.  The enrollment has declined by 41 students since September 2014.  In the spring of 2015, the board made a short term but difficult decision to return the Kindergarten program from full day to half day because of a lack of classrooms.  Based on this decision, the district expected that some families may make other arrangements for full day Kindergarten program.  The enrollment of 1431 has remained consistent during the 2015-16 school year.

Are there students enrolled in the Hermosa Beach City School District that are on permit and do not live in the city?

Yes.  There are 4 students on permit in the district this school year.  These students are either the children of employees or students that are entitled to a permit per Ed Code.

Has the district outlined the pros and cons of Measure S in writing?

The district has provided informational points for the question “What if Measure S Passes”? and “What if Measure S Fails”?  This can be found at hbcsd.org, click Measure S, click FAQ.

Did the district commission a Traffic Impact Assessment of the North School neighborhood?

Yes.  In response to  community input about their concerns regarding the impact of traffic on the North School neighborhood, the district committed the necessary funding needed to hire a consultant to conduct an assessment of the traffic impact surrounding the North School site in advance of a possible EIR.  The data has been collected and a working draft document is currently under reviewed.  At the conclusion of the review process, the document will be accepted by the district and the final document will be provided to the board.  The projected timeline to finalize the report is for the May board meeting.  For additional information regarding the scope of the Traffic Impact Assessment please reference the link below.

A Historical Resources Assessment Report has also been commissioned by the board to examine North School and is a part of the same timeline and process as the Traffic Impact Assessment.

What steps has the district taken to examine and report to the public the district’s enrollment data?

At each public board meeting, the district enrollment is reported to provide residents with a month to month accounting for enrollment trends and historical district enrollment data. The enrollment data is broken down by grade level, school and includes the number of students on permit.  Since 2013, and in anticipation of the November 2014 bond (Measure Q), the district contracted with the professional company, Decision Insite, Enrollment Impact Specialists, to provide current demographic information about the district and community, data analysis and enrollment projections.. In February 2013, the FPAC committee reviewed enrollment trends and demographic information from Decision Insite.  Subsequent annual presentations were given by Decision Insite to the board in 2014, 2015. 

Will the reopening of the North School site result in the elimination of parking and the creation of one way streets in the neighborhood?

The Traffic Impact Assessment  will provide a report that will outline conclusions and possible mitigation recommendations if warranted.  The jurisdiction to change the direction of streets and eliminate parking belongs to the City Council not the Board of Trustees.  The district has publicly discussed, and has committed, to improving school neighborhoods and to the elimination/minimization of any possible traffic and parking impacts.

Is there a proposed plan to build a road and parking along the south side border of Valley Park between the Kiwanis/Rotary parking lots and the North School site?

THE BOARD HAS NEVER DISCUSSED OR PROPOSED THIS PLAN! This is a proposed plan developed by a resident who lives on 25thstreet across from the North School site and was circulated amongst the neighbors along with a petition.  THE BOARD HAS COMMITTED TO AND HAS PUBLICLY STATED THAT VALLEY PARK WILL NOT BE TOUCHED (ice plant hill exempted ).

Impartial analysis / Proposal

http://hbcsd.org/view/12701.pdf

IMPARTIAL ANALYSIS OF MEASURE S By Mary C. Wickham, County Counsel Approval of Measure S would authorize the Board of Education (“Board”) of the Hermosa Beach Unified School District (“District”), who placed this Measure on the ballot by Resolution No. 04:15/16 to issue general obligation bonds, in an amount not to exceed $59,000,000. Funds received from the sale of the bonds shall be used for North, Valley and View Schools for the specific purposes set forth in the Measure. Examples of authorized projects, include, but are not limited to: renovating and modernizing existing classrooms and buildings, including roofs, walls, windows, ceilings, and floors; disabled access improvements; updated technology, furnishings and equipment to meet curriculum needs; renovating and modernizing safety and security improvements, including fire safety systems, security systems, lighting, fencing, and emergency communication systems; renovating and modernizing basic infrastructure and utilities, including roofs, plumbing, sewer, gas, electrical, water, drainage, heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, energy efficiency and water conservation improvements; renovating and constructing specialty classrooms for technology, computers, science, library, art, and performing arts; constructing new classrooms as well as multipurpose, administration, and support facilities; renovating, modernizing and constructing landscape and hardscape improvements, including playgrounds, equipment, and turf; planting, irrigation systems, fencing, and parking and transportation improvements; and renovating, modernizing, and constructing kitchen facilities and equipment, and student lunch shelters. No funds may be used for teacher or administrator salaries or other school operating expenses. The Board shall cause independent performance and financial audits to be performed annually to ensure that bond proceeds have been expended only for the projects on the Project List. The Board shall appoint an Independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee in compliance with Education Code section 15278 no later than 60 days after the Board enters the election results in its minutes pursuant to Education Code section 15274. The District shall create an account into which bond proceeds shall be deposited and comply with the reporting requirements of Government Code section 53410. The maximum rate of interest on any bond shall not exceed the maximum statutory rate. Any new bonds issued pursuant to the Education Code shall have a maturity not exceeding twenty-five (25) years, and any bonds issued pursuant to the Government Code shall have a maturity not exceeding forty (40) years. According to the District’s Tax Rate Statement, the best estimate of the highest tax rate required to fund the bonds, based on the assessed valuations available at the time of the District filing its Tax Rate Statement on the Measure, is $29.50 per $100,000 of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2016-17. This Measure requires a fifty-five percent (55%) vote for passage.

Financial effect

http://hbcsd.org/District/23557-Untitled.html

  • $59 million facilities improvement bond
  • $29.50 tax rate per $100,000 ASSESSED VALUE

Full Bond financials can be found here: http://hbcsd.org/District/23557-Untitled.html

Tax rate

http://hbcsd.org/view/12702.pdf

Hermosa Beach City School District
Tax Rate Statement for
Bond Measure
June 7, 2016 Election

An election will be held in the Hermosa Beach City School District (the "District") on June 7, 2016, to authorize the sale of up to $59 million in general obligation bonds. The following information is submitted in compliance with Sections 9400-9404 of the California Elections Code.

1. The best estimate of the tax rate that would be required to fund this bond issue during the first fiscal year after the sale of the first series of bonds, based on a projection of assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement, is 2.95 cents per $100 ($29.50 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2016-17.

2. The best estimate of the tax rate that would be required to fund this bond issue during the first fiscal year after the sale of the last series of bonds, based on a projection of assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement, is 2.95 cents per $100 ($29.50 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2021-22.

3. The best estimate of the highest tax rate that would be required to fund this bond issue, based on a projection of assessed valuations available at the time of filing this statement, is 2.95 cents per $100 ($29.50 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 20 16- 17.

4. The best estimate of the total debt service, including principal and interest, that would be required to be repaid if all the bonds are issued and sold is $127 million.

These projections of assessed valuations and tax rates are based on the experience and historical data within the District and are derived from information obtained from official sources. The actual tax rates and the years in which they will apply may vary depending on the timing of bond sales, the amount of bonds sold at each sale and actual assessed valuation in each year. The timing of the bond sales and the amount of bonds sold at any given time will be determined by the needs of the District. Actual assessed valuations will depend upon the amount and value of taxable property within the District as determined in the assessment and the equalization process.

Dated: February 25, 2016

Patricia W. Escalante
Superintendent
Hermosa Beach City School District

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF MEASURE S Everyone knows the importance and value of having quality schools. From higher achieving students, to increased home values and greater neighborhood safety, quality schools make a difference. In 2002, Hermosa Beach City School District voters overwhelmingly passed a school improvement measure to upgrade our community’s schools. Since that time, improvements have been made to repair and rehab local children’s aging classrooms and schools. But our work is not done. Many classrooms and buildings in the Hermosa Beach City School District are overcrowded, outdated, and inadequate to provide children with the school facilities they need to succeed. Our children need your YES vote on Measure S! Severely overcrowded classrooms have required that some children attend class in converted multi-purpose rooms. In addition to overcrowding, Hermosa Beach schools are old with an average age of over 70 years. North School, our oldest, was first built in 1924! If approved, Measure S would finish the work we started, reduce student overcrowding, and bring the rest of our schools up to 21st century standards. If passed, Measure S will: - Rebuild North School to reduce student overcrowding - Repair/replace aging roofs - Upgrade inadequate electrical systems - Renovate deteriorating plumbing and sewer systems - Improve student access to modern technology Measure S makes financial sense and protects taxpayers. - By law, spending must be reviewed and annually audited by an independent citizens’ oversight committee. - All bond funds must be spent locally and cannot be taken by the State. - Funds are required to be spent only on Hermosa schools, not for administrator or teacher salaries. Measure S reduces student overcrowding, renovates old schools, and maintains the quality of our community. That’s something we can all support. Please join us and VOTE YES ON MEASURE S! MARY CAMPBELL HBCSD Board of Trustees, President STACEY ARMATO District Parent/City Councilmember TRACY ROBINSON Hermosa Beach Educators Association President GEORGE J. SCHMELTZER Senior/Community Leader DUNHAM STEWART Realtor, President Hermosa Beach Little League

 

http://hbcsd.org/view/12700.pdf

— http://www.bigbadbonds.com/CALBONDS/yes-on-measure.cfm?year=2016&election=primary&county=Los_Angeles&measure=S&utm-sourc

Arguments AGAINST

VOTE NO ON THIS BOND. It does not examine all district options to create the best plan for our students and community. An investigation of less expensive options, like reprising existing property, has to be done. Hermosa Beach residents and parents deserve a proper cost/benefit analysis of less expensive and logistically sound options before committing to this bond.

This $59,000,000 bond commits over 85% of the school district's bond borrowing capacity for 30 years without an identified plan. The costs that every homeowner and renter will be responsible to repay could be up to $90,000,000 with interest. Previous bonds without well-defined plans have significantly contributed to the current classroom shortage.

The language of the bond tells us nothing, it is vague and anything can happen once it is passed.

There has been a constant stream of misinformation presented to the public. The Facilities and Planning Advisory Committee, FPAC, was tasked to consider only one option, North School, although others exist.

The School District must do a comprehensive traffic study of 100's of car trips a day at rush hour times on major arteries and surrounding narrow streets.

North School is a historically significant building and aligns with the concept to KEEP HERMOSA HERMOSA. The current North School tenants fill a critical need for many community parents, 80% of whom are Hermosa residents. They will be evicted to make room for the district's plan to build a new school for 300 plus elementary school children.

Costs are too high and do not allow any margin of error for unanticipated additional costs. The District needs to do its homework and a thorough investigation to find a more cost effective solution.

— http://www.bigbadbonds.com/CALBONDS/yes-on-measure.cfm?year=2016&election=primary&county=Los_Angeles&measure=S&utm-sourc

Read the proposed legislation

Proposed legislation

FULL TEXT OF BALLOT MEASURE S The following is the full proposition presented to the voters by the Hermosa Beach City School District. “To reduce student overcrowding and make safety, security, and health improvements; construct, renovate, modernize and equip classrooms and facilities at North, Valley and View Schools; replace or repair roofs; provide technology improvements for students; and upgrade or replace outdated electrical, plumbing, heating and air conditioning systems, shall Hermosa Beach City School District issue $59,000,000 of bonds at legal interest rates, and have an independent citizens’ oversight committee with no money for administrative salaries or taken by the state?” PROJECT LIST FOR THE BOND MEASURE The following are the types of projects that may be financed with proceeds of the bonds at the Valley School, the View School and the North School sites: Renovate and Modernize Existing Classrooms and Buildings, including roofs, walls, windows, doors and hardware, floors, ceilings, access improvements for disabled students and individuals and updated technology, furnishings and equipment to meet curriculum needs. Renovate, Modernize and Construct Safety and Security Improvements, including fire safety systems, security systems, emergency communication systems, lighting, school entry and access areas, locks, parking and transportation areas, and fencing. Renovate, Modernize and Construct Basic Infrastructure and Utilities, including roofs, site and building plumbing, sewer, gas, electrical, water, storm drainage, heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, energy efficiency and water conservation improvements. Construct, Renovate and Modernize Specialty Classrooms for technology, computers, science, library, art and performing arts, including the acquisition and installation of furnishings and equipment for such uses. Construct New Classrooms, including removing portable classrooms and constructing, furnishing and equipping permanent classrooms. Construct or Modernize Multipurpose, Administration and Support Facilities, including space for school and District administration, maintenance and operations and performing arts uses, student and faculty restrooms and access improvements for disabled students and individuals. (Continued on next page) FULL TEXT OF BALLOT MEASURE S (Continued) Renovate, Modernize and Construct Landscape and Hardscape Improvements, including playgrounds and equipment, turf, plantings, irrigation systems, fencing and parking and transportation improvements, including onsite parking, which in the case of the North School may include underground parking. Renovate, Modernize and Construct Food Service Improvements, including kitchen facilities and equipment and shelters for students to eat lunch. In preparing the list of projects, the District has evaluated safety, class size reduction, and informational technology needs. Each project financed will include its share of architectural, engineering, and similar planning costs, program management, project or construction management, a contingency for unforeseen circumstances, offsite/utility connection costs, and interim housing. Projects also may include the payment of the costs of preparation of all facility planning, facility assessment reviews, environmental studies, construction documentation, plan check, inspection and permit fees, and the acquisition of improvements on the project list that are financed by the District on an interim basis through temporary loans, leases, lease-leaseback, or lease-purchase arrangements. Projects may also include the costs of demolition and reconstruction of existing facilities currently scheduled for modernization, if the Board of Education determines that such an approach would be a more cost effective solution. The District is eligible to receive State matching funds and intends to aggressively pursue State funding. In the absence of such funding, improvements at each school may be affected and the District may not be able to perform some of the projects listed above. The budget for each project is an estimate and may be affected by factors beyond the District’s control. The final cost of each project will be determined as plans are finalized, construction bids are awarded and projects are completed. Based on the final costs of each project, certain projects described above may be delayed or may not be undertaken. Bond proceeds shall be expended only for the specific purposes identified herein. Proceeds of the bonds may be used to pay or reimburse the District for the cost of District staff when performing work on or necessary and incidental to the bond projects. The District shall create an account into which proceeds of the bonds shall be deposited and comply with the reporting requirements of Government Code § 53410. (Continued on next page) FULL TEXT OF BALLOT MEASURE S (Continued) Fiscal Accountability: In accordance with Education Code § 15272, the Board of Education will establish a citizens’ oversight committee and will conduct annual independent audits to assure that funds are spent only on the list of projects authorized above 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 shall include at least seven members, with the following relationships: one member active in a business organization, one member active in a senior citizens’ organization, one member active in a bona fide taxpayers’ organization, one member who is a parent or guardian of a student, one member who is both a parent or guardian of a student and active in a parent-teacher organization. District employees, vendors, contractors and consultants may not 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 construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, or replacement of school facilities, including the furnishing and equipping of school facilities, and not for any other purpose. No funds will be used toward teacher or administrator salaries or other operating expenses.

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