Western Placer Unified School District presented the following potential projects last night to parents and members of the community at an informational meeting for the upcoming School General Obligation Bond that will be on the November 6th ballot, Measure H.
Western Placer Unified School District – Prop 39 School Bond Measure H – Fall 2018
Measure H Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is Measure H?
Measure H is a local ballot measure on the November 2018 ballot seeking voter authorization for Western Placer Unified school upgrades to improve improved student safety and equal access to quality instruction and learning. Measure H requires 55% support to pass. A “YES vote” approves funding for the plan to upgrade schools; a “NO vote” rejects funding. All WPUSD voters registered by October 22, 2018 will be eligible to vote on this measure.
Why has the Western Placer Unified School District (WPUSD) placed Measure H on the ballot?
Western Placer Unified School District (WPUSD) serves over 7,000 students. These aging facilities need significant repairs, renovation, technology and safety upgrades to adequately house and educate their current and future student enrollments. Measure H has been placed on the November 2018 ballot to begin the process of upgrading aging facilities to improve student safety, instruction and learning.
What is the actual question that voters will be asked to decide in November?
“Shall the measure to improve schools and student safety with funding that cannot be taken by the State, upgrade safety/security communication systems, qualify for State matching funds; provide health science labs/classrooms, college/job training facilities; aquatic center/physical education facilities, shall Western Placer Unified School District issue $60,000,000 in bonds with an average of $3,600,000 raised annually for 32 years at average tax rates of 2.5¢ per $100 of assessed value, requiring independent audits/oversight be adopted?”
How will Measure H funds be used?
Measure H will:
By law, ALL Measure H funds MUST stay local, dedicated to Western Placer Unified K-12 schools.
Who is eligible to vote on Measure H?
All of the nearly 33,000 registered voters within the Western Placer Unified School District will be eligible to vote on Measure H. The last day to register to vote and be eligible to vote on Measure H in the November Election is Oct. 22th 2018.
What’s required for Measure H to pass?
At least 55% of the voters who cast their ballots in the November 6th Election must vote in favor of Measure H for it to be approved. Measure H is being sought under the provisions of Proposition 39, which prohibits use of bond funds for operations, administrator salaries or pensions, and also requires independent financial and performance audits on the use of bond proceeds.
Are you putting this bond forward to complete Twelve Bridges High School?
No, all projects funded from Measure H will impact every school in the district.
What about ongoing maintenance at WPUSD Schools?
District facilities staff work hard to maintain our neighborhood schools and keep them in good working condition with limited resources. However, the type of upgrades that the District’s current needs assessment has identified, particularly in the area of ongoing upgrades to student safety and athletic facilities, go far beyond the scope and means of regular school maintenance budgets.
How much will Measure H cost?
The $60 million bond translates to $25 per year for every $100,000 of assessed valuation. The assessed valuation refers to taxable value, not the market value of your property. The taxable value of your home or business will depend on when you purchased it. For example, a homeowner with an assessed value for their home of $350,000 would pay about $87.50 a year.
Will businesses share in the cost of Measure H?
Yes, both commercial and residential property owners will be subject to assessment.
No one in my household attends WPUSD schools. Why should I care about Measure H?
Whether or not you have school-age children, improving Western Placer schools is a wise investment. The longer we wait to make these improvements, the more expensive they will be. Good schools protect property values and keep our community strong. The facilities funded from Measure H will be available for use by the community at large.
Have there been other Western Placer USD school bonds? If so, when was the last bond?
Western Placer USD strives to be a model of financial responsibility, making every effort to spend taxpayer dollars wisely.
Our community has generously supported WPUSD in the past and our local schools are improving with that support. Measure H continues the progress so all our children get the same access to success in school, college, careers and life.
How can we be assured that Measure H money will be spent properly?
Taxpayer protections are REQUIRED. All Measure H funds stay local - they cannot be taken away by the State or used for other purposes. ONLY facilities, technology and equipment upgrades are allowed. NO funds can be spent on administrators' salaries. Measure H requires the establishment of a Bond Oversight Committee within 60 days after a successful election result is certified. The Committee is responsible for monitoring bond finances to ensure the public that the money is being spent properly. Measure H also requires independent annual audits on use of bond proceeds.
Doesn’t the STATE provide funding for facility upgrades?
Very little. In the past, State funding has been available to support local school upgrades but especially now, we cannot count on this uncertain source of funding. Moreover, in order to access state funding, school districts MUST generate local matching funds by passing a local school bond measure. Passing a local bond is the ONLY way to qualify for additional state funding if and when it becomes available. There are no other sources of funding for major facility upgrades.
If voters approve Measure H, when will the work begin?
Once the measure is approved, the District will begin to immediately develop a schedule of the funded projects so they can be completed on time and within budget. Many of the projects can be started as early as the summer of 2019.Where can I get more information? For more information please contact: Audrey Kilpatrick at 916-645-6350 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
• Upgrade school safety and security, including security lighting, fencing, fire safety, and emergency communication systems
• Provide classrooms and labs for health sciences, Career Technical Education, college, and job training courses
• Improve access to colleges and careers in fields like medical/biomedical research, physiology, engineering, technology, and agriculture
• Upgrade deteriorated play equipment, physical education facilities, and fields to improve student safety
• Construct an aquatic center
• Increase access to school facilities for individuals with disabilities
Student Safety and Security Improvement Projects
• Safety and security systems installation and/or replacement projects are planned to be completed at school sites throughout the District and may include:
o Installation of enhanced door security locks, controlled access systems, fencing, gates, public address/communications systems, security cameras, window coverings, intruder and fire alarms, sidewalks/fire vehicle access
Youth Athletics and Aquatics Center Projects
• Youth athletic improvements are planned to be completed at the following school sites:
o New High School – Phase 2
Construction of health and biomedical career training classrooms and labs, stadium completion, lighting, field and hard-court surface installation, parking for fields and public library, construction of auxiliary gymnasium and new aquatics center
o Lincoln High School
Stadium improvements, scoreboard installation, hard-court improvements, baseball field fencing, weight room/team room improvements
o Glen Edwards Middle School
Replace and repair decomposed granite track, natural grass fields, and irrigation systems
o New Elementary School
Installation of athletic playing fields and backstops
o District-wide Physical Education Facilities
Outdoor safety enhancements and improvements of fields and playgrounds, installation of outdoor and athletic equipment