SEPTEMBER 20, 2005 PALOS VERDES PENINSULA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT NOVEMBER 2005 BOND MEASURES R AND S SEPTEMBER 20, 2005 PALOS VERDES PENINSULA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT NOVEMBER 2005 BOND MEASURES R AND S SEPTEMBER 20, 2005 PALOS VERDES PENINSULA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT NOVEMBER 2005 BOND MEASURES R AND S

TO: HONORABLE MAYOR AND MEMBERS OF THE CITY COUNCIL

FROM: ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER/CITY CLERK

DATE: SEPTEMBER 20, 2005

SUBJECT: PALOS VERDES PENINSULA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT NOVEMBER 2005 BOND MEASURES R AND S

RECOMMENDATION

Consider taking a position on two bond measures supported by the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District on the November 8, 2005 General Election.

DISCUSSION

In response to an email sent to the City Council by Doug Mackey, a member of the Campaign for PV Schools-Committee for Measures R&S (see attached), Councilman Long has asked that an item regarding the proposed school bond measures be added to the City Council Agenda.

On November 8, 2005, the Palos Verdes Peninsula School District Board of Education is placing before the voters two General Obligation Bonds that would general $40 million to help repair and renovate Peninsula schools add classrooms to accommodate enrollment growth and implement class size reduction. A copy of the ballot argument for Measures R and S are attached. There have been no ballot arguments filed against the bond measures. Also attached is a copy of Resolution No. 2000-23, which the Council adopted on May 2, 2000 supporting the first $46 million school bond measure, Measure K and the excerpt minutes from that meeting.

Respectfully submitted,

Carolynn Petru

Assistant City Manager/City Clerk

Attachments:

Email from Doug Mackey

Ballot Arguments in Favor of Measures R & S

Resolution No. 2000-23

Excerpt Minutes of May 2, 2000

Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District

Ballot Argument in Favor of Measure R

Election Date: November 8, 2005

Word: Count: 298

The Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District is one of the best school districts in California. Student test scores are consistently in the top 10% statewide; over 90% of our students go on to college. However, our school facilities are 30-75 years old and need repair.

In June 2000, local voters approved a bond measure to fund the first phase of school facility renovations. These funds were used to rehabilitate school facilities, add classrooms to accommodate enrollment growth, and implement class size reduction.

The projects were completed on time and under budget. These funds were also used to leverage additional state funds, bring state tax dollars back into our community, and reduce the cost to local taxpayers.

Measure R, in combination with Measure S, will provide funds to complete facility renovations at our local schools.

Measure R would fund the Districtís core academic facility renovations including: replacing aging sewer/water lines, improving fire alarms, upgrading heating and ventilation systems, replacing 30-year old portable classrooms, building permanent classrooms to accommodate students, and upgrading for seismic safety.

Because of available state matching funds and historically low interest rates, PVPUSD can complete these remaining school renovations at a minimal cost to taxpayers. Passage of Measure R will allow the District to complete these projects by extending the term of Measure K by six years and adding less than $2.50 to the $16.47 per $100,000 of assessed value (not market value) that was approved by the voters in 2000.

Funds from Measure R will stay in Palos Verdes and may only be used for the specific facility projects listed in the detailed PVPUSD Facility Master Plan. Measure R requires an independent citizen oversight committee and mandatory independent annual audits. No funds can be used for administrator salaries.

Please vote YES on MEASURE R.

Steven T. Kuykendall, Former Congressman
Helen Coffey, Past President, League of Women Voters
Charles Sie, Ph.D., Retired Vice President, Xerox Corporation
Les Fishman, Realtor
Pete Carroll, Head Football Coach, University of Southern California

Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District

Ballot Argument in Favor of Measure S

Election Date: November 8, 2005

Word Count: 291

Measure S is a companion measure to Measure R for the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District.

Measure S would fund the renovation of facilities that support student instruction, including replacing deteriorating school fencing to establish a safe school perimeter, renovating aging playfields and play courts for safety, repairing unsafe bleachers, replacing aging gym floors that can no longer be resurfaced, and adding physical education facilities to accommodate student enrollment.

Passage of Measure S will allow the PVPUSD to complete these projects at a cost of less than $2.25 per $100,000 of assessed value (not market value). Together, Measures R & S will add less than $5 per $100,000 of assessed value to the $16.47 authorized by the passage of Measure K in June 2000.

Limited state matching funds are available if the community passes Measure S. Without the passage of this measure, state matching funds will go to other school districts.

All of the projects to be funded by Measure S have gone through extensive review. This Measure will only fund priority projects that are necessary to ensure the health and safety of local students, maintain the learning environment necessary to support excellent student instruction, and provide adequate facilities for local children.

Funds from Measure S will stay on the Peninsula and may only be used for the specific facility projects listed in the detailed PVPUSD Facility Master Plan. An independent citizen oversight committee and mandatory independent annual audits of Measure S are required. No funds can be used for administrator salaries.

Both Measures R & S are supported by a broad coalition of teachers, principals, parents, seniors, business professionals, and community leaders.

Letís finish what we started. Help complete our school facility renovations.

Please vote YES on MEASURE S.

Alvin M. Hughes, Retired Assistant Superintendent
Larry Moore, Broker/Owner, Moore & Associates Realtors
Mary Ross, Past President, PVP Council of PTAs
Garry Poe, Retired PVPUSD Teacher
Godfrey Pernell, Dentist