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Commentary on Measure X

Are you sure you want vote to support this extravagant measure? It has no accountability.

This campaign was designed by a member of the school bonds cartel. We figured out just the right words to get you to you to open up your checkbook.

We'd also like to introduce you to our partners -- bond lawyers, brokers, wealthy investors, architects, management firms, construction companies, and trade unions. We all stand to make a ton of money on these bonds. Our profits come right off the top, before a penny is actually spent on improving the facilities.

We're not just doing it for the money. We like to show off our work in Architectural Digest and other places where the rich and famous congregate.

Remember, we've taken a lot of risk. We gave money to get your governing board members elected, so they'd be sure to remember us when we came around for a hand-out later.

It's just business-as-usual, here in sunny Corruptifornia.

Please don't read the fine print. That's just put in by the lawyers to make what we're going to do to for you legal.

When you see highlighting in the documents below, it to see the commentary.

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Measure X Question

CLASSROOM EDUCATION, NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOL REPAIR, STUDENT SAFETY MEASURE. To attract / retain quality teachers and repair / upgrade schools by: Improving classrooms, career-technical facilities, science labs, technology; Repairing deteriorating restrooms, plumbing, air conditioning, wiring; Removing / lead hazards; Upgrading security cameras, lighting, fencing, fire safety; Repairing, building, acquiring facilities / equipment; Securing State funds; Shall Fresno Unified School District issue $225 million in bonds, at legal rates, requiring audits, citizens' oversight, , all funds spent locally?

Bonds—Yes Bonds—No

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APPENDIX B

BALLOT MEASURE
ABBREVIATED FORM

CLASSROOM EDUCATION, NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOL REPAIR,
STUDENT SAFETY MEASURE

To attract / retain quality teachers and repair / upgrade schools by:

  • • Improving classrooms, career-technical facilities, science labs, technology;
  • • Repairing deteriorating restrooms, plumbing, air conditioning, wiring;
  • • Removing asbestos / lead hazards;
  • • Upgrading security cameras, lighting, fencing, fire safety;
  • • Repairing, building, acquiring facilities / equipment;
  • • Securing State funds;

Shall Fresno Unified School District issue $225 million in bonds, at legal rates, requiring audits, citizens' oversight, no money for administrators' salaries, all funds spent locally?

Bonds—Yes Bonds—No

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Full Text of Measure X

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APPENDIX A

BALLOT MEASURE
FULL TEXT

CLASSROOM EDUCATION, NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOL REPAIR,
STUDENT SAFETY MEASURE

To attract / retain quality teachers and repair / upgrade schools by:

  • • Improving classrooms, career-technical facilities, science labs, technology;
  • • Repairing deteriorating restrooms, plumbing, air conditioning, wiring;
  • • Removing asbestos / lead hazards;
  • • Upgrading security cameras, lighting, fencing, fire safety;
  • • Renovating, building, acquiring facilities / equipment;
  • • Securing State funds;

Shall Fresno Unified School District issue $225 million in bonds, at legal rates, requiring audits, citizens' oversight, no money for administrators' salaries, all funds spent locally?

Bonds—Yes Bonds—No

BOND AUTHORIZATION

By approval of this measure by at least 55 percent of the registered voters voting on the measure, the District will be authorized to issue and sell bonds of up to $225 million in aggregated principal at interest rates not in excess of the legal limit and to provide financing for the specific school facilities projects listed in the Bond Project List described below, subject to all the accountability requirements specified below.

The Bonds may be issued under the provisions of the California Education Code (starting at Section 15100), under the provisions of the California Government Code (starting at Section 53506), or under any other provision of law authorizing the issuance of general obligation bonds by school districts. The Bonds may be issued in series by the District from time to time, and each series of Bonds shall mature within the legal limitations set forth in the applicable law under which the Bonds are issued.

ACCOUNTABILITY MEASURES

The following accountability provisions are required by Section 53410 of the Government Code and are included to assure District voters and taxpayers that their money will be spent wisely. Expenditures to address specific facilities needs of the District will be in compliance with the requirements of Article XIIIA, Section 1(b)(3), of the State B-2 Constitution and the Strict Accountability in Local School Construction Bonds Act of 2000 (codified at Education Code Sections 15264 and following).

Evaluation of Needs. The Board of Education has identified facilities needs of the District and has determined which projects to finance from a local bond at this time. The Board hereby certifies that it has evaluated safety, class size, and information technology needs in developing the Bond Project List shown below.

Independent Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee. The District's will be charged with ensuring that bond proceeds are expended only on the school facilities projects listed below.

Performance Audits. The Board of Education shall conduct an annual, independent performance audit to ensure that the bond proceeds have been expended only on the school facilities projects listed below.

Financial Audits. The Board of Trustees shall conduct an annual, independent financial audit of the bond proceeds until all of those proceeds have been spent for the school facilities projects listed below.

Government Code Accountability Requirements. As required by Section 53410 of the Government Code, (1) the specific purpose of the bonds is set forth in this Full Text of the Measure, (2) the proceeds from the sale of the bonds will be used only for the purposes specified in this measure, and not for any other purpose, (3) the proceeds of the bonds, when and if issued, will be deposited into a building fund to be held by the Fresno County Treasurer, as required by the California Education Code, and (4) the Superintendent of the District shall cause an annual report to be filed with the Board of Education of the District not later than January 1 of each year, which report shall contain pertinent information regarding the amount of funds collected and expended, as well as the status of the projects listed in this measure, as required by Sections 53410 and 53411 of the Government Code.

FURTHER SPECIFICATIONS

No Administrator Salaries. Proceeds from the sale of bonds authorized by this measure shall be used only for the construction, reconstruction and/or rehabilitation of school facilities including the furnishing and equipping of school facilities or acquisition or lease of real property for school facilities and not for any other purpose, including teacher and administrator salaries and other school operating expenses.

BOND PROJECT LIST

Projects Subject to Available Funding. The following list of projects is subject to the availability of adequate funding to the District. Approval of the Bond Measure does not guarantee that the proposed projects will be funded beyond the local revenues generated by the bond measure. The District's proposal for the projects may assume the receipt of matching state funds, which could be subject to appropriation by the Legislature or approval of a statewide bond measure.

Scope of Projects. Bond proceeds will be expended to repair, modernize, upgrade, renovate, remodel, construct, acquire, replace, equip, furnish, rebuild and otherwise improve educational and support facilities within the District. Projects which are described below include all related and incidental costs, including their share of the and bond issuance and costs of design, engineering, architect and other professional services, design review, inspections, site preparation, utilities, landscaping, construction management and other planning, regulatory, legal, accounting and similar costs, independent annual financial and performance audits, a customary construction contingency, and for completion of the listed projects.

Bond proceeds may also be expended to acquire real property (or any interest in real property) for future educational and support facilities and to acquire and install furniture, fixtures and equipment at any classrooms and other educational facilities within the District. The District may alter the scope and nature of any of the specific projects which are described below as required by conditions that arise during the course of design and construction.

The order in which projects are listed is not intended to indicate priority for funding or completion.

PROJECTS THAT MAY BE FINANCED FROM BOND FUNDS

  • • Upgrade/build/renovate/expand/equip classrooms and school facilities
  • • Upgrade/build/renovate/expand/equip facilities for career technical education programs
  • • Upgrade/build/renovate/expand/equip facilities for science and technology programs
  • • Build new classrooms/facilities to replace portables, and to accommodate enrollment growth and expanded programs
  • • Remove unneeded portable classrooms from school campuses
  • • Upgrade/build/renovate/expand/equip early learning facilities
  • • Upgrade/build/renovate/expand/equip facilities that provide alternative opportunities to keep students in school and on target to graduate, including credit recovery, independent study, and General Education Diploma programs
  • • Upgrade/build/renovate/expand/equip libraries, cafeterias, theaters, counseling offices, lecture and performance spaces, specialty classrooms, and administrative offices
  • • Upgrade/build/renovate/expand/equip facilities for college and career counseling
  • • Install/upgrade/repair/replace district and classroom technology including network and internet infrastructure and associated electrical systems
  • • Install/upgrade/repair/replace communications and multimedia systems and equipment
  • • Improve school safety and security by installing/improving access control, security and fire systems, student drop-off and pick-up zones, lighting, locks, storage, fencing and landscaping, and by making repairs to ensure safe buildings and grounds
  • • Perform repairs and deferred maintenance on a periodic or emergency basis, including but not limited to projects involving asbestos and lead paint removal/remediation, concrete, electrical systems, grounds, flooring, heating and air conditioning, metal trades, painting, paving, plumbing, roofing, signal systems, and wall systems
  • • Upgrade/build/renovate/expand/equip restroom facilities for students, staff and visitors
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  • • Upgrade/build/renovate/expand/equip athletic fields and facilities, gyms, locker rooms, weight rooms, dance rooms, swimming pools, indoor and outdoor courts, athletic lighting, storage facilities and other related facilities for athletics and physical education
  • • Upgrade/build/renovate/expand/equip outdoor areas for student assembly, dining and performance
  • • Upgrade/build/renovate/expand/equip classrooms and support facilities to serve the academic, physical and social-emotional needs of students with disabilities
  • • Upgrade/build/renovate/expand/equip school-based health centers
  • • Upgrade/build/renovate/expand/equip facilities to accommodate and encourage parent and community involvement, and to provide opportunities for parents and community members to obtain workplace skills and knowledge
  • • Install/upgrade/repair/replace heating and air conditioning systems, gas and electrical systems, and plumbing, water, sewer and irrigation systems and infrastructure
  • • Install/upgrade/repair/replace roofs, doors and windows
  • • Install/upgrade/repair/replace energy management controls, solar energy devices, and other energy efficiency technology/equipment for increased resource conservation and utility savings
  • • Upgrade/build/renovate/expand/equip facilities for regulatory compliance including the Field Act (seismic upgrades), Americans with Disabilities Act (accessibility) and Title IX (gender equity) provisions
  • • Improve/build off-site facilities such as street and sewer system improvements, as required for District projects
  • • Upgrade/build/renovate/expand/equip facilities for community use
  • • Provide matching funds to leverage state funding for eligible projects through the School Facilities Program or any successor state program
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SCHOOLS THAT MAY RECEIVE BOND FUNDING

Bond funds may be used to finance any of the projects described herein, which benefit any of the schools listed plus any and all other existing and/or future District school facilities and District educational support facilities.

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Elementary Schools

  1. Addams
  2. Addicott
  3. Anthony
  4. Ayer
  5. Aynesworth
  6. Bakman
  7. Balderas
  8. Bethune
  9. Birney
  10. Bullard Talent K-8
  11. Burroughs
  12. Calwa
  13. Centennial
  14. Columbia
  15. Dailey
  16. Del Mar
  17. Easterby
  18. Eaton
  19. Ericson
  20. Ewing
  21. Figarden
  22. Forkner
  23. Fremont
  24. Gibson
  25. Greenberg
  26. Hamilton K-8
  27. Heaton
  28. Hidalgo
  29. Holland
  30. Homan
  31. Jackson
  32. Jefferson
  33. King
  34. Kirk
  35. Kratt
  36. Lane
  37. Lawless
  38. Leavenworth
  39. Lincoln
  40. Lowell
  41. Malloch
  42. Manchester
  43. Mayfair
  44. McCardle
  45. Muir
  46. Norseman
  47. Olmos
  48. Phoenix Academy
  49. Powers-Ginsburg
  50. Pyle
  51. Robinson
  52. Roeding
  53. Rowell
  54. Slater
  55. Starr
  56. Storey
  57. Sunset
  58. Thomas
  59. Turner
  60. Vang Pao
  61. Viking
  62. Vinland
  63. Webster
  64. Williams
  65. Wilson
  66. Winchell
  67. Wishon
  68. Wolters
  69. Yokomi

Middle Schools

  1. Ahwahnee
  2. Baird
  3. Computech
  4. Cooper Academy
  5. Fort Miller
  6. Gaston
  7. Kings Canyon
  8. Scandinavian
  9. Sequoia
  10. Tehipite
  11. Tenaya
  12. Terronez
  13. Tioga
  14. Wawona
  15. Yosemite

High Schools

  1. Bullard
  2. Cambridge
  3. CART
  4. Design Science
  5. DeWolf
  6. Duncan
  7. Edison
  8. Fresno
  9. Fulton Millbrook
  10. Hoover
  11. J.E.Young
  12. McLane
  13. Patiρo
  14. Phoenix Secondary
  15. Rata
  16. Roosevelt
  17. Sunnyside

Other Schools

  1. Adult Transition Program
  2. Cesar Chavez Adult School

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Measure X Tax Rate Statement

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APPENDIX C

TAX RATE STATEMENT CONCERNING MEASURE __

TAX RATE STATEMENT
REGARDING PROPOSED
$225,000,000
FRESNO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS

An election will be held in the Fresno Unified School District (the "District") on November 8, 2016, to authorize the sale of up to $225,000,000 in bonds ("2016 Bond Authorization") of the District to finance school facilities as described in the measure. If such bonds are authorized and sold, 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 Elections Code of the State of California. Such information is based upon the best estimates and projections presently available from official sources, upon experience within the District, and other demonstrable factors.

Based upon the foregoing and projections of the District's assessed valuation, the following information is provided:

1. The best estimate of the tax rate which would be required to be levied 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, is $0.00 per $100 of assessed valuation (or $0.00 per $100,000 of assessed value) for fiscal year 2017-18.

2. The best estimate of the tax rate which would be required to be levied 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, is $0.04947 per $100 of assessed valuation (or $49.47 per $100,000 of assessed value) for fiscal year 2024-25.

3. The best estimate of the highest tax rate which would be required to be levied to fund this bond issue, based on a projection of assessed valuations, is $0.06 per $100 of assessed valuation (or $60.00 per $100,000 of assessed value) for fiscal year 2025-26.

4. The tax rates associated with the 2016 Bond Authorization combined with the District's outstanding obligations, based on a projection of assessed valuations, are estimated not to increase aggregate future tax rates above the current tax rate of $0.18886 per $100 of assessed valuation (or $188.86 per $100,000 of assessed value).

5. The best estimate 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 approximately $588,000,000.

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Voters should note the estimated tax rate is based on the ASSESSED VALUE of taxable property on the County's official tax rolls, not on the property's market value. In addition, taxpayers eligible for a property tax exemption, such as the homeowner's exemption, will be taxed at a lower effective tax rate than described above. Property owners should consult their own property tax bills and tax advisors to determine their property's assessed value and any applicable tax exemptions.

The attention of all voters is directed to the fact that the foregoing information is based upon 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 date of sale and the amount of bonds sold at any given time will be determined by the District based on the need for project 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 sale. Actual future assessed valuations will depend upon the amount and value of taxable property within the District as determined by the County Assessor in the annual assessment and the equalization process.

Superintendent
Fresno Unified School District

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Measure X Agenda Description

Agenda of August 8, 2016 (complete item)

ITEM NO. 2

PRESENT and DISCUSS Potential Bond Measure Workshop

A workshop will be facilitated to present the opportunity for a Fresno Unified bond measure on the November 8, 2016 election ballot, and discuss investment priorities for potential bond funding. Contact person: Karin Temple, telephone 457-3134.

Agenda of August 10, 2016 (complete item)

B. CONFERENCE/DISCUSSION AGENDA

6:00 P.M.

B-27, DISCUSS and ADOPT Resolution 16-01 Ordering an Election to Authorize the Issuance of School Bonds, Establishing Specifications of the Election Order, and Requesting Consolidation with Other Elections Occurring on November 8, 2016

It is recommended that the Board adopt Resolution 16-01, which calls for a $225 million Fresno Unified School District school facilities bond measure on the November 8, 2016 general election ballot. The Superintendent recommends adoption. Fiscal impact: Adoption of Resolution 16-01 and voter approval of the bond measure would authorize the district to issue $225 million in bonds for facility improvements. Contact person: Karin Temple, telephone 457-3134.

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Minutes of August 10, 2016 (complete item)

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B. CONFERENCE/DISCUSSION AGENDA

B-27, DISCUSS and ADOPT Resolution 16-01 Ordering an Election to Authorize the Issuance of School Bonds, Establishing Specifications of the Election Order, and Requesting Consolidation with Other Elections Occurring on November 8, 2016

DISCUSSED and ADOPTED Resolution 16-01, which calls for a $225 million Fresno Unified School District school facilities bond measure on the November 8, 2016 general election ballot. The Superintendent recommends adoption. Fiscal impact: Adoption of Resolution 16-01 and voter approval of the bond measure would authorize the district to issue $225 million in bonds for facility improvements. Contact person: Karin Temple, telephone 457-3134.

Presentation by Chief Operations Officer, Karin Temple

An opportunity was provided to hear questions/concerns from members of the board and staff was available to respond

Member Mills – In the list of schools I noticed Dailey and Dailey is a charter school site. I have a question on whether or not charter schools are something we are supposed to provide for in bonds.

Karin Temple – Yes, Dailey is listed as is Bethune, both of which are charter schools. Both are Fresno Unified facilities and owned by the district. We need to have the ability to maintain those facilities as assets.

Member Mills – In looking at the proposed resolution, it says Evaluation of Needs on page B-2 the second sentence states, "The Board hereby certifies that it has evaluated safety, class size, and information technology needs in developing the Bond Project List as shown," and we need to certify that before we vote on this resolution. I don't recall the board having a conversation on that with respect to this bond. Do we have to include that certification?

Karin Temple – Maybe it is about the word "certifies", the way that we have interpreted this previously is that "certifies" means that the staff has undertaken evaluations of what type of projects need to be done in those areas.

Member Mills – It does not say the staff "certifies" it says the board "certifies". I know that when we were doing Measure Q we had a lot more conversation and community input before we got to the point of putting the bond on the ballot and we have had no community meetings on this and we haven't selected any projects.

Karin Temple – The board did approve the Facilities Master Plan which looked at the needs of specific schools and throughout the district, from that perspective it could be interpreted that the board has certified it.

Charles Adams – This statement is a required element for the bond election. It has to be stated in the Measure, it is an Ed Code requirement. We interpret that when you approve the resolution you are making the certification.

Member Mills – There has not been conversation about this within the context of this cycle on this bond. The fact that we did have conversations about it in developing site master plans for our high schools and so forth does that satisfy for that certification?

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Charles Adams – For this certification what you see is what you get. It is a requirement and quite frankly it does not have a lot of teeth to it or substance behind it. It is simply a laundry list of things you are supposed to take into account when you prepare the project list.

Member Mills – What we have done with this resolution, is that there are no identifiable projects per say, we have virtually listed every school and every type of potential project so that when we do actually narrow it down and focus on specific projects we have the broadest possible discretion.

Charles Adams – That is typically how it is done. You can't know right now exactly what projects you will or will not want to fund or what the priority is. The bond measure is very clear that there is no priority established in the listing. This is the way all districts do it. A broad list to pick and choose as you implement the program.

Member Mills – Since we are not putting any specific project into the ballot language itself and we put together a project list say in the next couple of months. If we decide a year from now to change that list do we have the authority and the ability to do that?

Charles Adams – You are limited to funding projects that are on this list. If you decide later that there is a project that you want to fund out of the bond measure but it is not on the list that is not permitted. The purpose of the list is to allow the voters to know what projects are potential candidates for the bond issue.

Member Mills – But the way we have drafted this, is it lists every generic project possible at every single school. Which clearly we have to narrow it down and if we develop a list in a couple of months it is not going to be on the ballot itself because the deadline for the ballot is the August 12. What I am asking about is don't we retain the legal ability to change the specific projects?

Charles Adams – You certainly do. And there is an Attorney General opinion to the effect that you are permitted in developing this list to have broad descriptions of what you are going to do recognizing the details will follow at a later date.

Member Mills – Can we change the details?

Charles Adams – Yes. You can change the list as long as A) you are not putting something on the list that was not there to begin with or B) contradicting something that is on the list. Typically when these list are put together, counsel will suggest that you avoid putting excessive amounts of detail because it then restricts your ability to adapt to things that may change later.

Member Mills – If the deadline is August 12 and we put this language on the ballot, the projected community meetings would be later in August and early September?

Karin Temple –We will begin establishing those schedules tomorrow. We are waiting to get the go-ahead from the board. We envision doing two meetings a week with one week having three meetings. I don't have those dates yet, we need to work with principals and we will start that next week. The community meetings will be facilitated by our team and we will work with board members as well to ensure their schedules work with the meetings.

Member Mills – How many meetings do we plan on holding?

Karin Temple – One for each region.

Member Mills – Is it possible to do more than one in each region? I would like to do as much community input as possible.

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to input on our website as well during the same time period as the meetings. We will advertise as widely as possible to give everyone an opportunity to provide input.

Member Mills – Assuming this goes forward and we complete our community input by the end of September, are you projecting that the board starts discussing specific projects in October or at some later point?

Karin Temple – Yes, our targeted timeframe is the last September meeting or the first October meeting depending how quickly we can get information back and packaged for the board. It will come well in advance of Election Day.

Member Mills – This board recently adopted a budget that I did not vote in favor of because it did not address any of the priorities that had come up in my region. The number one priority was Career Technical Education. In one of our biggest budgets that we have had in the years that I have been on the board there was not one additional dollar allocated for Career Technical Education for that region. This bond proposes to spend money on Career Technical facilities and that is one potential area. I would suggest to the board that creating equitable opportunities for Career Technical should be a high priority if this goes forward. I also wanted to mention that I recently went to a leadership institute through CSBA and one of the sessions that I attended talked about bonds and the relationship to the educational programs and one of the things they emphasized is that a school district should have an educational master plan in place before they start building facilities. I think that this is a good concept and I would suggest to the board that we need to take a step back before we build and have an educational master plan because that should be driving what we are building.

Member Ryan – I recall that every high school developed a master plan. Just because this is a new bond that we are going after does not mean we are starting from scratch. We have voluminous information from all of our school sites on what it is that they need and what they want and we have prioritized before. How many portables do we have remaining? We promised in the last bond that removing portables would be a priority, putting in modern new classrooms buildings with good lighting and new facilities.

Karin Temple – Off the top of my head I believe we have about 1000 portables remaining. We have replaced about 300 in the last few years. With Measure Q we still have four or five elementary portable replacement projects that we are targeting funding with the last $30 million of Measure Q. Throughout the district there is still a need to replace portables at elementary sites.

Member Ryan – Portable replacement was a big priority for people before. I think we have more projects spoken for then we do money in this particular bond. I am not saying don't have community input. Of course you want to update your information, but as I recall we spent a lot of money several years ago hiring a firm to come in here and visit every single school site to give us an assessment of the condition and the things that were needed. We are not starting from scratch. We have lots of information on what needs to be done from parents and community members especially from teachers at those school sites on what needs to be done and in what order. Let's have our community meetings and ask people what their priorities are now, maybe some things have changed but let's not dump out all the voluminous information that we have gathered already from school sites everywhere.

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Member Davis – I would like to see the Master Plan that we did in 2008/09 and check off all the things that we have done such as removing portables and building new classrooms. Will this bond be at a higher property rate?

Ruth Quinto – Should we not go to the ballot at this time we will likely have a difficult time saying no tax rate increase at this time. It would be difficult to make that pledge again. That is one of the reasons we are recommending this timing at this particular juncture.

Member Davis – I am looking forward to this for the children not yet born in this district. Someone had the foresight to put what we have in place. My family has four generations of people in Fresno Unified and 84 years invested in teaching in this community. I would hate to miss this opportunity. We are investing in our children and our town.

Member Ashjian – We have a great opportunity for the district but for me to get behind this I would need to be assured of a couple of things. One, we would need to be reasonable in understanding pre-construction agreements and lease lease-backs got us into a little bit of hot water that still does not have an outcome yet. I would like to see that this does not become part of this bond. Secondly, I would like to see more focus on which schools would be part of the bond instead of all the schools listed. Thirdly, the order in which we are going to tackle this projects. I think people want to know that the process is not being manipulated and that we are going to be transparent and open and follow a certain schedule. Lastly, I am assuming we will be putting a committee together to pass this measure. Would we have an outside marketing firm? Would the people contributing to the committee have priority in bidding? Would they be excluded from bidding? Those are some questions that I would be skeptical of and how we move forward because it seems that some of those components carried over from Measure Q and I don't want to repeat the sins of the past.

Member Johnson – I believe we should move on the bond. I don't think there will be any shenanigans with how we do contracts, because people are already looking at us. The poll indicated that 74% favor the bond. When we talk about new buildings for a community it has a positive impact on children. Those children will say "they really care about us". When we talk about priorities let the people decide. When staff goes out into the community to explain the bond measure, we each will have a responsibility to sell it to our community, the importance of the bond measure and how it is going to impact our kids and how it is going to impact the educational process in Fresno Unified.

Member De La Cerda – In reviewing our history in 2010 our district invested $750,000 for a Master Facilities Plan to be developed which identified a billion dollars in facility need throughout our district, over a 15 year period which would require multiple bonds. Measure Q took care of $270 million with an additional $40 from the State of California (which may not be an option for this bond). This is not something new. We have been talking about bonds and receiving updates since I have been on the board. We have known that for several years that we were going to need additional bonds. Without a new bond the only other funds we will have for facility improvements will come from the General Fund. We need to understand that General Funds also support our programming which includes music, our athletes, art, safety, and employee compensation etc. I think it would be short-sighted not to pursue a bond at this time when other regions have received the lion's share for improvements. We are far from being equitable across our district.

Member Mills – Trustee De La Cerda mentioned the Master Facilities Plan and Trustee Ryan mentioned the School Site Plans. It would be helpful to get updated High School Plans distributed to the board.

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Karin Temple – The High School Site Plans are being updated to show what has been done since they were originally done in 2010. The update will show what has taken place and then to show what investments are still outstanding based on the long range vision as originally discussed. The contemplation on a series of bond is correct, what has changed in the amount of this second bond. We had originally hoped that it would be over $400 million which is not the case and still maintain the tax rate. When we go back to visit the Site Master Plans we need to be aware that our expectations need to ratchet back a bit.

Member Mills – I don't think we should ratchet back our expectations but I think it may mean we need more than three bonds to achieve what we need to achieve at all of our sites. We have a lot of needs in this district.

Karin Temple – What I meant is that we have to ratchet back with what we can achieve with this bond.

Member Davis –When we visit the updated High School Master Plans, where are we with the Alternative Ed sites?

Karin Temple – We don't have Master Plans for those facilities they are much smaller and don't have the range of facilities as our comprehensive high schools. I understand the point you are making and we will look closely at the ability of those campuses to meet the program needs of the students and we will do that.

Karin Temple – If we don't get a much needed new school with the overcrowding at Olmos, Storey, and Addams, what is the staffs plan or recommendation to accommodate those students.

Karin Temple – The recommendation is to adopt the resolution so we can put a bond on the ballot.

Community Member Jeff Sands – Spoke about equitable funding for charter schools. Asked that if the bond should be adopted that the needs of all students be considered and respectfully requested a binding commitment to provide charter schools within Fresno Unified with an equitable share of the resulting public funds by including specific language in the ballot measure and resolution.

On a motion by Member Johnson, seconded by Member Ryan, Resolution 16-01 Ordering an Election to Authorize the Issuance of School Bonds, Establishing Specifications of the Election Order, and Requesting Consolidation with Other Elections Occurring on November 8, 2016, was adopted on a roll call vote of 6-1-0 as follows: AYES: Member Davis, De La Cerda, Johnson, Mills, Ryan and President Chavez. NOES: Member Ashjian.

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Measure X Resolution

RESOLUTION NO. 16-01

RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION OF THE FRESNO
UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT ORDERING AN ELECTION TO
AUTHORIZE THE ISSUANCE OF SCHOOL BONDS, ESTABLISHING
SPECIFICATIONS OF THE ELECTION ORDER, AND REQUESTING
CONSOLIDATION WITH OTHER ELECTIONS OCCURRING ON
NOVEMBER 8, 2016

WHEREAS, in the judgment of the Board of Education (the "Board") of the Fresno Unified School District (the "District"), it is advisable to call an election to submit to the electors of the District the question whether bonds of the District shall be issued and sold for the purpose of raising money for the acquisition and improvement of real property and the furnishing, building and equipping of school facilities of the District; and

WHEREAS, the Board is authorized to pursue the authorization and issuance of bonds by a 55 percent vote of the electorate on the question whether bonds of the District shall be issued and sold for specified purposes, under Article XIIIA Section 1 paragraph (b) of the California Constitution ("Article XIIIA") and under Education Code Section 15264 et seq. (the "Act"); and

WHEREAS, under Section 10403 et seq. of the California Elections Code, it is appropriate for the Board to request consolidation of the election with any and all other elections to be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2016, and to request the Fresno County Registrar of Voters to perform certain election services for the District;

NOW, THEREFORE, THE BOARD OF EDUCATION OF THE FRESNO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT DOES HEREBY RESOLVE, DETERMINE AND ORDER AS FOLLOWS:

Section 1. Call for Election. The Board hereby orders an election and submits to the electors of the District the question of whether general obligation bonds of the District shall be issued and sold in the maximum principal amount of $225 million (the "Bonds") for the purposes described in the ballot measure approved under Section 3 and attached hereto as Appendix A and Appendix B, and paying costs incident thereto, as set forth more fully in the ballot measure approved under Section 3. This Resolution constitutes the order of the District to call such election and shall constitute the "specifications of the election order" pursuant to Education Code Section 5322.

Section 2. Election Date. The date of the election shall be November 8, 2016, and the election shall be held solely within the boundaries of the District. The boundaries of the District have not changed since the District's last election.

Section 3. Purpose of Election; Ballot Measure. The purpose of the election shall be for the voters in the District to vote on a measure, a full copy of which is attached hereto as Appendix A (the "Full Text of the Measure"), containing the question of whether the District shall issue the Bonds for the purposes stated therein, together with the accountability requirements of Article XIIIA and the requirements of Section 15272 of the Act. The Full Text of the Measure, which includes all of the text set forth in Appendix A, shall be printed in the voter information pamphlet provided to voters, with such measure designation as is assigned to the measure. As required by Elections Code Section 13247 -2- and Education Code Section 5322, the abbreviated form of the measure to appear on the ballot is attached hereto as Appendix B and is marked as "Appendix B – Ballot Measure – Abbreviated Form." The Superintendent is hereby authorized and directed to make any changes to the Full Text of the Measure as required to conform to any requirements of Article XIIIA, the Act or the Fresno County Registrar of Voters.

Section 4. Authority for Election. The authority for ordering the election is contained in Section 15264 et. seq. of the Education Code and Section l paragraph (b) subsection (3) of Article XIIIA. The authority for the specification of this election order is contained in Section 5322 of the Education Code.

Section 5. School Facilities Projects. The Board certifies that the proceeds from the sale of the Bonds will be used only for the purposes specified in Section 1(b)(3) of Article XIII A and as further specified in Appendix A, and not for any other purpose, including teacher and administrator salaries and other school operating expenses. Further, as required by Article XIIIA, the Board hereby certifies that it has evaluated safety, class size and information technology needs in developing the list of school facilities projects set forth in Appendix A.

Section 6. Covenants of the Board upon Approval of the Bonds by the Electorate; Accountability Measures. As required by Article XIIIA, Section 15278 of the Act and Government Code Section 53410, in the event 55 percent or more of the voters voting in the District approve of the Bonds, the Board shall:

  1. (a) conduct an annual, independent performance audit to ensure that the funds have been expended only on the projects listed in Appendix A;
  2. (b) conduct an annual, independent financial audit of the proceeds from the sale of the Bonds until all of those proceeds have been expended for the school facilities projects listed in Appendix A; and
  3. (c) establish and appoint members to an independent citizens' oversight committee in accordance with Sections 15278, 15280, and 15282 of the Act;
  4. (d) apply the Bond proceeds only to the specific purposes stated in the ballot measure;
  5. (e) cause creation of accounts into which bond proceeds shall be deposited; and
  6. (f) cause the preparation of an annual report pursuant to Government Code Sections 53410 and 53411.

Section 7. Delivery of this Resolution. The Clerk of the Board is hereby directed to send a copy of this Resolution to the Fresno County Superintendent of Schools, the Fresno County Registrar of Voters (the "County Registrar") and the Fresno County Clerk of the Board of Supervisors. Pursuant to Education Code Section 5322, the Resolution shall be received by the County Registrar no later than 88 days prior to the election date, unless otherwise permitted by law.

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The County Registrar is hereby requested to print the Full Text of the Measure in the ballot materials as it appears on Appendix A hereto and to provide all required notices of the election and other notices related thereto.

Section 8. Consolidation of Election; Request to Provide Services. The County Registrar and the Fresno County Board of Supervisors are hereby requested to consolidate the election ordered hereby with any and all other elections to be held on November 8, 2016, within the District. Pursuant to Section 5303 of the Education Code and Section 10002 of the Elections Code, the Board of Supervisors of Fresno County is requested to permit the County Registrar to render all services specified by Section 10418 of the Elections Code relating to the election, for which services the District agrees to reimburse Fresno County in full upon presentation of a bill, such services to include the publication of a formal Notice of School Bond Election and the mailing of the sample ballot and tax rate statement (described in Section 9401 of the Elections Code).

Section 9. Ballot Arguments; Tax Rate Statement. As provided in Elections Code Section 9501, any and all members of this Board are hereby authorized to act as an author of any ballot argument prepared in connection with the election, including a rebuttal argument. The Board hereby approves the Tax Rate Statement for the election, in the form set forth in Appendix C attached hereto. As provided in the Tax Rate Statement, any series of Bonds may only be issued if the tax rate levied to pay debt service on the Bonds and all other outstanding general obligation bonds of the District would not exceed $188.86 per year per $100,000 of taxable property when assessed valuation is projected by the District in accordance with Article XIII A of the California Constitution. The President of the Board, the Superintendent, the Deputy Superintendent/Chief Financial Officer or any designee of the foregoing, are hereby authorized to execute the Tax Rate Statement or other document and to perform all acts necessary to place the bond measure on the ballot.

Section 10. Maturity Limit of Bonds. The Bonds may be issued in series by the District from time to time, and each series of Bonds shall mature not more than legal limit at the time of such issuance thereof. The Bonds shall be issued under the Act, under the provisions of Section 53506 of the California Government Code, or under any other provision of law authorizing the issuance of general obligation bonds by school districts.

Section 11. Joint/Community Use. Using funds from the Bonds, the District may enter into agreements with the City of Fresno, the County of Fresno or other agencies or nonprofit organizations for joint use of school facilities in accordance with Education Code Section 17011.42 (or any successor provision). The District may seek State grant or matching funds for eligible joint-use projects as permitted by law, and Bond funds may to be used to fund all or a portion of the share for such eligible joint-use projects as the Board shall determine.

Section 12. Engagement of Legal Services. The firm of Jones Hall, A Professional Law Corporation, a nationally recognized bond counsel firm, is hereby appointed to serve as legal counsel in connection with the bond election and, if successful, subsequent bond issuances.

Section 13. Effective Date. This resolution shall take effect on and after its adoption.

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The foregoing Resolution was adopted by the Board of Education of the Fresno Unified School District of Fresno County, being the Board authorized by law to make the designations therein contained by the following vote, on August 10, 2016.

AYES:

NOES:

ABSENT:

I, Luis Chavez, President of the Fresno Unified School District Board of Education, do hereby certify that the foregoing is a full, true, and correct copy of the resolution passed and adopted by said Board at a regularly scheduled and conducted meeting held on said date, which resolution is on file in office of said Board.

_______________________________
President of the Board of Education
Fresno Unified School District

I, Christopher De La Cerda, Clerk of the Board of Education of the Fresno Unified School District, do herby certify that the foregoing Resolution was introduced and adopted by said Board at a regular session meeting thereof held on the 10th day of August, 2016.

__________________________
Clerk of the Board of Education
Fresno Unified School District

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Measure X Notice of Election

NOTICE OF DATE FIXED FOR SUBMITTING ARGUMENTS ON THE
FRESNO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT GENERAL OBLIGATION
BONDS MEASURE

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN to all qualified electors in the County of Fresno that on Tuesday, November 8, 2016, there will be submitted to the voters the following measure:

CLASSROOM EDUCATION, NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOL REPAIR, STUDENT SAFETY MEASURE. To attract / retain quality teachers and repair / upgrade schools by: Improving classrooms, career-technical facilities, science labs, technology; Repairing deteriorating restrooms, plumbing, air conditioning, wiring; Removing asbestos / lead hazards; Upgrading security cameras, lighting, fencing, fire safety; Repairing, building, acquiring facilities / equipment; Securing State funds; Shall Fresno Unified School District issue $225 million in bonds, at legal rates, requiring audits, citizens' oversight, no money for administrators' salaries, all funds spent locally?

Bonds—Yes Bonds—No

Arguments for or against the measure may be submitted to the Fresno County Clerk/Elections, 2221 Kern St., Fresno, CA 93721, no later than Wednesday, August 24, 2016. No argument shall exceed 300 words in length. Arguments may be submitted by the legislative body, or any member or members of the legislative body authorized by that body, or any individual voter who is eligible to vote on the measure, or bona fide association of citizens, or any combination of voters and associations. No more than five signatures shall appear with any argument submitted. If an argument is signed by more than five persons, the names of only the first five persons signing, determined by the order in which their signatures appear, shall be printed with the argument.

Only one argument for and one argument against each measure will be selected for printing and distribution to the voters. Preference and priority in selection will be given in the order named: (1) The legislative body, or member or members of the legislative body authorized by that body; (2) The individual voter or bona fide association of citizens, or combination of voters and associations, who are the bona fide sponsors or proponents of the measure; (3) Bona fide associations of citizens; (4) Individual voters who are eligible to vote on the measure. Any argument submitted shall not be changed after August 24, 2016.

ALL ARGUMENTS submitted shall be verified in substantially the following form:

VERIFICATION

The undersigned author(s) of the _______(primary/rebuttal) argument______ (in favor of/against) ballot proposition (name or number) at the ______________(title of election) election for the _____________________ (jurisdiction) to be held on __________(date) hereby state that this argument is true and correct to the best of __________ (his/her/their) knowledge and belief.

Signed________________ Date_______________

Signed________________ Date_______________

Dated: August 15, 2016 Brandi L. Orth
County Clerk/Registrar of Voters

By
Felicia Sandoval
Elections Program Technician

Quienes deseen obtener la version espanola de este aviso legal pueden solicitar una copia de la misma Llamando al Departamento de Elecciones, (559) 600-8683.

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