Riverside Unified Schools: Vote Yes on Measure O Bonds - Riverside County - 2016 general Election
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Commentary on Measure O

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 O Question

O To repair and upgrade Riverside schools, including , plumbing and electrical systems, improve student safety, security, and seismic safety, upgrade classrooms, science labs, career-training facilities, computer systems and instructional technology to support student achievement in math, science, engineering and skilled trades, and construct, acquire, repair classrooms, sites, facilities and equipment, shall Riverside Unified School District issue $392 million in bonds at legal rates, with citizen oversight, no money for administrator salaries, all money staying local?

¿Debería el Distrito Escolar Unificado de Riverside autorizar $392 millones en bonos a tasas legales, con supervisión de los ciudadanos, sin distribuir el dinero al salario de los administradores sino que permanezca todo el dinero local, para reparar y mejorar las escuelas de Riverside, incluidos los techos deteriorados, las tuberías y los sistemas eléctricos, mejorar la seguridad y la protección de los estudiantes y la seguridad antisísmica, mejorar los salones de clases, los laboratorios de ciencias, las instalaciones de capacitación para carreras profesionales, los sistemas informáticos y la tecnología de instrucción para respaldar los logros de los estudiantes en matemáticas, ciencias, ingeniería y oficios especializados, y para construir, adquirir y reparar salones de clases, sitios, instalaciones y equipos?

SCHOOL / ESCOLAR
RIVERSIDE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT / DISTRITO ESCOLAR UNIFICADO DE RIVERSIDE

BONDS YES / BONOS SÍ
BONDS NO / BONOS NO

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Impartial Analysis for Measure O

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IMPARTIAL ANALYSIS OF MEASURE "O"

The Board of Education ("Board") of the Riverside Unified School District ("District") by adopting Resolution No. 2015/2016-56 ("Resolution"), elected to call an election pursuant to Section 18 of Article XVI and Section 1 of Article XIII A of the California Constitution and Section 15100 and 15624 et seq. of the California Education Code to obtain authorization to issue and sell general obligation Bonds ("Bonds") in the aggregate amount principal amount of three hundred and ninety two millions dollars ($392,000,000).

This Measure was placed on the ballot by the Board of the District.

The Bonds may used by the District to repair and upgrade District schools by upgrading or replacing aging school infrastructure, classrooms and buildings, modernize school facilities with 21st century technology, improve access for students with disabilities, provide classroom and labs for career and technical education classes. The Bonds may be used to improve school safety by modernizing security systems, retrofitting buildings to be earthquake proof, and upgrading emergency communications. The Bonds may also be used to Districtwide technology improvements for updated instruction technology in classrooms and labs and upgraded computer systems. The Bonds would not be used to fund the salaries, pensions or benefits of any board members, administrator, and/or teachers or for other school operating expenses.

If Measure O is approved, the Board of the District will appoint a citizens' oversight committee, and conduct annual independent financial and performance audits to assure that bond funds are spent only on the construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, or replacement of school facilities, including the furnishing and equipping of school facilities, or the acquisition or lease of real property for school facilities, and for no other purposes.

An ad valorem tax would be levied and collected on property within the boundaries of the District to pay the principal and interest on the Bonds.

The Resolution provides that the maximum interest rate on the Bonds will not exceed the maximum statutory interest rate set by statute and the maximum term of the Bonds, or any series thereof, will not exceed the statutory maximum period. The best estimate for the total debt service, including the principal and interest, that would be required to be repaid if all of the Bonds are issued and sold is seven hundred and five millions dollars ($705,000,000).

For this Measure to be approved fifty-five percent (55%) of qualified voters who vote on the Measure must vote yes.

A "YES" vote on Measure "O" is a vote to allow the District to sell the Bonds and levy the necessary taxes to pay for the Bonds.

A "NO" vote on Measure "O" is a vote against allowing the District to sell the Bonds and levy the necessary taxes to pay for the Bonds.

By: Ronak N. Patel, Deputy County Counsel

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Argument in Favor of Measure O

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ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF MEASURE "O"

Vote YES on Measure O to provide locally-controlled funding so Riverside students are better prepared for college and good paying jobs in fields like health sciences, engineering, technology, robotics, and skilled trades.

Our students deserve to have the same educational opportunities as others in our region. Over 30 of our schools in Riverside were built more than 40 years ago, and five are more than 100 years old.

If we want our kids to succeed in college and careers, they must be skilled in the use of today's technologies and have a solid background in science, engineering and math. Measure O will make essential repairs and improvements so that local schools can serve our community well for decades to come.

Measure O will:

  • Improve student safety and campus security systems
  • Repair or replace aging, outdated classrooms and school buildings
  • Provide classrooms and labs for career and technology education (CTE) classes, including health sciences, engineering, technology, robotics and skilled trades
  • Improve access for students with disabilities
  • Retrofit older schools to enhance earthquake safety
  • Update instructional technology for modern teaching standards in core subjects like reading, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)

Measure O ensures strict fiscal accountability:

  • All funds raised by Measure O will stay in Riverside to support our students
  • No funds for administrators' and teachers salaries and benefits
  • A Citizens' Oversight Committee and independent audits are required
  • All funds would support local students and could not be taken by the State
  • Measure O would qualify RUSD for millions of dollars in state matching funds that would otherwise go to other school districts

Strong schools make our community a desirable place to live, protecting and improving the value in our homes and quality of life.

Join parents, teachers, seniors, business leaders and many others — vote YES on Measure O.

By: John F. Tavaglione,
Riverside County Supervisor

W.E. Rucker-Hughes,
President, Riverside NAACP

Virginia Blumenthal,
Riverside Community College District Board of Trustees

Matthew E. Webb,
Business Owner

Gina Cheadle,
Riverside Council PTA President

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Argument Against Measure O

NO ARGUMENT FILED AGAINST MEASURE "O"

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Full Text of Measure O

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MEASURE "O" – RIVERSIDE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

FULL TEXT BALLOT PROPOSITION
OF THE RIVERSIDE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
BOND MEASURE ELECTION NOVEMBER 8, 2016

The following is the full proposition presented to the voters by the Riverside Unified School District.

"To repair and upgrade Riverside schools, including deteriorating roofs, plumbing and electrical systems, improve student safety, security, and seismic safety, upgrade classrooms, science labs, career-training facilities, computer systems and instructional technology to support student achievement in math, science, engineering and skilled trades, and construct, acquire, repair classrooms, sites, facilities and equipment, shall Riverside Unified School District issue $392 million in bonds at legal rates, with citizen oversight, no money for administrator salaries, all money staying local?"

PROJECT LIST

The Board of Education of the Riverside Unified School District is committed to maintaining the quality of education in local schools with safe, secure, upgraded classrooms and labs for career and technology education to keep pace with 21st century technologies and learning standards. To that end, the Board evaluated the District's urgent and critical facility needs, including safety issues, class size, computer and information technology, enrollment trends and prepared a , in developing the scope of projects to be funded. The District conducted a facilities evaluation and received public input in developing this Project List. Teachers, staff, community members and the Board have prioritized the key health and safety needs so that the most critical facility needs are addressed. The Board concluded that protecting the quality of our schools, the quality of life in our community, and the value of our homes is a wise investment. Therefore, in approving this Project List, the Board of Education determines that the District must:

  1. (i) Upgrade or replace aging school infrastructure, classrooms and school buildings; and
  2. (ii) Modernize school facilities to improve access for students with disabilities; and
  3. (iii) Retrofit older buildings so they are earthquake safe; and
  4. (iv) Provide classroom and labs for career and technical education classes so students are prepared for college and good-paying jobs in fields like health science, engineering, technology, robotics, and the skilled trades; and
  5. (v) Update instructional technology in the classroom for improved student learning in core subjects like reading, math, science and technology; and
  6. (vi) Adhere to specific fiscal accountability safeguards such as:
    1. (a) All expenditures must be subject to annual independent financial audits.
    2. (b) No funds can be used for administrators' salaries and pensions.
    3. (c) An must be appointed to ensure that all funds are spent only as authorized.

The Project List includes the following types of upgrades and improvements at District schools and sites:

IMPROVING STUDENT LEARNING: Basic School Repair and Upgrade Projects

Goals and Purposes: Upgraded classrooms wilI ensure that students who plan to go to college are prepared to succeed, and those that don't plan to go to college receive career training they need to compete for good paying jobs in fields like health sciences, engineering, technology, robotics and skilled trades.

Since many Riverside schools were built more than 40-years ago, they need basic repairs, including roofs, plumbing and electrical systems, and other projects, including:

  • Upgrade and construct classrooms, science labs, career-training facilities and computer systems to keep pace with technology.
  • Repair or replace aging roofs, floors, plumbing and electrical systems where needed.
  • Repair or replace outdated classrooms and school buildings with safe, modern facilities.
  • Partner with U.C. Riverside and Riverside City College to build a Center for the Study of Advanced Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, that will give local high school students access to college-level instruction.
  • Expand and upgrade existing libraries to improve students' research skills and preparation for college.
  • Build new classrooms and facilities to relieve overcrowding.
  • Upgrade or construct facilities for visual and performing arts.

IMPROVING SCHOOL SAFETY: Safety, Security and Energy Efficiency Projects

Goal and Purpose: WHETHER OR NOT YOU HAVE SCHOOL-AGE CHILDREN, PROTECTING THE QUALITY OF OUR SCHOOLS, THE QUALITY OF LIFE IN OUR COMMUNITY, AND THE VALUE OF OUR HOMES IS A WISE INVESTMENT. This measure will upgrade security lighting, fencing, smoke detectors, fire alarms, sprinklers, and campus security systems for improved student safety. Schools will benefit from a variety of safety and efficiency projects, such as:

Student Safety and Security

  • Replace aging, outdated portables with modern classrooms that meet 21st century health, safety and academic standards.
  • Upgrade fire alarm systems to automatic systems, repair fire safety equipment, add smoke detectors and fire safety doors to make students safe in the event of an emergency.
  • Improve older schools so that they meet the same safety and academic standards as newer schools.
  • Retrofit older school buildings so they are earthquake safe.
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  • Modernize school facilities to improve access for students with disabilities.
  • Improve student safety and campus security systems, including security, lighting, and security cameras and classroom door locks.
  • Upgrade emergency communication systems to improve student safety.

Energy Efficiency - Returning Savings to the Classroom

  • Make energy and water efficiency improvements that will .

21st CENTURY LEARNING FOR 21st CENTURY CAREERS: District-Wide Instructional Technology Projects

Goal and Purpose: If we want our kids to succeed in college and careers, they must be skilled in the use of today's technologies and have a solid background in math, science, engineering and technology. This measure will update instructional technology in the classroom for improved student learning in core subjects like reading, math, science and technology.

  • Update instructional technology in the classroom for improved student learning in core subjects like reading, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
  • Upgrade classrooms and labs for career and technical education classes and computer systems to keep pace with technology.
  • Upgrade computer systems to keep pace with technology; upgrade and replace computers, classroom and library technology and teaching equipment to enhance instruction.

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The listed projects will be completed . is assumed to include its share of furniture, equipment, architectural, engineering, and similar planning costs, program/project management, and a customary contingency for unforeseen design and construction costs. In addition to the listed projects stated above, the Project List also includes the acquisition of a variety of instructional, maintenance and operational equipment, and interim funding incurred to advance fund projects from the Project List; installation of signage and fencing; , environmental studies (including environmental investigation, remediation and monitoring), design and construction documentation, and temporary housing of dislocated District activities caused by construction projects. In addition to the projects listed above, the repair and renovation of each of the existing school facilities may include, but not be limited to, some or all of the following: renovate student and staff restrooms; repair and replace heating and ventilation systems; upgrade of facilities for energy efficiencies; acquire vehicles; repair and replace worn-out and deteriorated roofs, windows, walls, doors and drinking fountains; construct ; install wiring and electrical systems to safely accommodate computers, technology and other electrical devices and needs; upgrade or construct support facilities, including administrative, physical education (including upgrading or adding gyms, and locker rooms) and and maintenance facilities and yards; repair and replace fire alarms, emergency communications and security systems; resurface or replace hard courts, turf and irrigation systems and campus landscaping; expand parking and drop-off areas; acquire land; ; upgrade interior and exterior painting and floor covering; demolition; ; upgrade central kitchen and school cafeterias; construct various forms of storage and support spaces and classrooms; repair, upgrade and install interior and exterior lighting systems; improve playgrounds, athletic fields and play apparatus; replace outdated security fences and security systems (including access control systems), provide indoor space for assemblies or for rainy day lunch; upgrade music labs, media centers, adult education facilities. The upgrading of technology infrastructure includes, but is not limited to, computers, LCD projectors, portable interface devices, servers, switches, routers, modules, sound projection systems, laser printers, digital white boards, document projectors, upgrade voice-over-IP, call manager and network security/firewall, wireless technology systems, refresh classroom technology and other miscellaneous equipment. The allocation of bond proceeds will be affected by the District's receipt of State matching funds and the final costs of each project. In the absence of State matching funds, which the District will aggressively pursue to reduce the District's share of the costs of the projects, the District will not be able to complete 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. Some projects throughout the District, such as gyms, fields and performing arts facilities, may be undertaken as joint use projects in cooperation with other local public or non-profit agencies. The final cost of each project will be determined as plans and construction documents are finalized, construction bids are received, construction contracts are awarded and projects are completed. Based on the final costs of each project, certain of the projects described above may be delayed or may not be completed. Demolition of existing facilities and reconstruction of facilities scheduled for repair and upgrade may occur, if the Board determines that such an approach would be more cost-effective in creating more enhanced and operationally efficient campuses. Necessary site preparation/restoration may occur in connection with new construction, renovation or remodeling, or installation or removal of relocatable classrooms, including ingress and egress, removing, replacing, or installing irrigation, utility lines, trees and landscaping, relocating fire access roads, and acquiring any necessary easements, licenses, or rights of way to the property. when performing work on or to bond projects. Bond proceeds shall only be expended for the specific purposes identified herein. The District shall create an account into which proceeds of the bonds shall be deposited and comply with the reporting requirements of Government Code § 53410.

FISCAL ACCOUNTABILITY: IN ACCORDANCE WITH EDUCATION CODE SECTION 15272, THE BOARD OF EDUCATION WILL APPOINT A CITIZENS' OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE AND CONDUCT ANNUAL INDEPENDENT AUDITS TO ASSURE THAT FUNDS ARE SPENT ONLY ON DISTRICT PROJECTS 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 MUST INCLUDE, AMONG OTHERS, REPRESENTATION OF A BONA FIDE TAXPAYERS ASSOCIATION, A BUSINESS ORGANIZATION AND A SENIOR CITIZENS ORGANIZATION. NO DISTRICT EMPLOYEES OR VENDORS ARE ALLOWED TO 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 ACQUISITION, CONSTRUCTION, RECONSTRUCTION, REHABILITATION, OR REPLACEMENT OF SCHOOL FACILITIES, INCLUDING THE FURNISHING AND EQUIPPING OF SCHOOL FACILITIES, AND NOT FOR ANY OTHER PURPOSE, INCLUDING TEACHER AND SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR SALARIES AND OTHER OPERATING EXPENSES.

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Measure O Tax Rate Statement

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TAX RATE STATEMENT CONCERNING MEASURE "O"

TAX RATE STATEMENT
REGARDING PROPOSED
$392,000,000
RIVERSIDE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS

An election will be held in Riverside Unified School District (the "District") on November 8, 2016 for the purpose of submitting to the electors of the District the question of issuing bonds of the District in the principal amount of $392 million. If such bonds are authorized and sold, the principal thereof and interest thereon will be payable from the proceeds of taxes levied on the taxable property in the District. The following information regarding tax rates is given to comply with Section 9401 of the California Elections Code. This 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 assessed valuations of taxable property in the District, and assuming the entire debt service on the bonds will be paid through property taxation:

1. The best estimate from official sources of the tax rate that would be required to be levied to fund the bond issue during the first fiscal year after the first sale of the bonds, based on estimated assessed valuations available at the time of the filing of this statement, or on a projection based on experience within the District or other demonstrable factors, is $0.059 per $100 ($59.00 per $100,000) of assessed valuation of all property to be taxed for the year 2017-18.

2. The best estimate from official sources of the tax rate that would be required to be levied to fund the bond issue during the first fiscal year after the last sale of the bonds and an estimate of the year in which that rate will apply, based on estimated assessed valuations available at the time of the filing of this statement, or on a projection based on experience within the District or other demonstrable factors, is $0.059 per $100 ($59.00 per $100,000) of assessed valuation of all property to be taxed and the year 2025-26.

3. The best estimate from official sources of the highest tax rate that would be required to be levied to fund the bond issue and an estimate of the year in which that rate will apply, based on estimated assessed valuations available at the time of the filing of this statement, or on a projection based on experience within the District or other demonstrable factors, is $0.059 per $100 ($59.00 per $100,000) of assessed valuation of all property to be taxed, which is projected to be the same in every fiscal year that the bonds remain outstanding.

4. The best estimate from official sources of the total debt service, including the principal and interest, that would be required to be repaid if all the bonds are issued and sold is $705 million.

Attention of voters is directed to the fact that the foregoing information is based upon projections and estimates. The actual timing of sales of the bonds and the amount to be sold at any time will be governed by the needs of the District and other factors. The actual interest rates at which the bonds will be sold, which will not exceed the maximum permitted by law, will depend upon the bond market at the time of sale.

The actual assessed valuations in future years will depend upon the value of property within the District as determined in the assessment and the equalization process. Therefore, the actual tax rates and the years in which those tax rates will be applicable may vary from those presently estimated and stated above.

By: Dr. David Hansen
Superintendent
Riverside Unified School District

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Measure O Resolution

RESOLUTION NO. 2015/16-32

RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION OF
RIVERSIDE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT ORDERING AN
ELECTION, AND ESTABLISHING SPECIFICATIONS OF THE
ELECTION ORDER

WHEREAS, the Board of Education (the "Board") is committed to maintaining the quality of education in Riverside public schools by upgrading aging classrooms, school buildings and infrastructure at all schools; and

WHEREAS, the Board has determined that schools within the Riverside Unified School District (the "District") need to be upgraded, repaired, expanded, improved and better equipped in a fiscally prudent manner and in accordance with the District's guiding principles of parity, maintenance and evolution to enable the District to improve student safety and campus security by installing security lighting, security cameras, emergency communications systems, smoke detectors and fire alarms; and

WHEREAS, the Board believes it is in the best interest of the District to continue to address facility improvements now before they become more pressing and more costly, and provide classrooms, labs and technology education classes so students are prepared for college and good-paying jobs in fields like health science, engineering, technology, robotics and the skilled trades; and

WHEREAS, whether or not Riverside residents have school-age children, protecting the quality of our schools, the quality of life in our community, and the value of our homes, is a wise investment; and

WHEREAS, the State of California (the "State") is not providing the District with enough money for the District to adequately maintain its educational facilities and academic programs; and

WHEREAS, the Board has concluded that the District's only remedy to avoid the undermining of its educational programs is securing local funding that the State cannot take away; and

WHEREAS, the Board has received information regarding the possibility of a local bond measure and its bonding capacity; and

WHEREAS, a local measure will help provide funds that cannot be taken away by the State to upgrade aging schools, protect student safety and help the District to qualify for millions of dollars of State matching funds; and

WHEREAS, such measure will include mandatory taxpayer protections, including an independent citizens' oversight committee and mandatory audits to ensure funds are spent as promised; and

WHEREAS, the Board and District has solicited stakeholder and community input on school priorities from parents, teachers, staff, the community and civic leaders; and

WHEREAS, Proposition 46, approved by the voters of the State on June 3, 1986 ("Proposition 46"), amended Section 1(b) of Article XIIIA of the California Constitution by adding a28
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provision that exempts from the 1% of full cash value limitation, those ad valorem taxes used to pay for debt service on any bonded indebtedness for the acquisition or improvement of real property approved on or after July 1, 1978, by two-thirds of the votes cast by voters voting on the proposition; and

WHEREAS, on November 7, 2000, the voters of California approved the Smaller Classes, Safer Schools and Financial Accountability Act ("Proposition 39") which reduced the voter threshold for ad valorem tax levies used to pay for debt service on bonded indebtedness to 55% of the votes cast on a school district general obligation bond; and

WHEREAS, concurrent with the passage of Proposition 39, Chapter 1.5, Part 10, Division 1, Title 1 (commencing with Section 15264) of the Education Code (the "Act") became operative and established requirements associated with the implementation of Proposition 39; and

WHEREAS, the Board desires to make certain findings herein to be applicable to this election order and to establish certain performance audits, standards of financial accountability and citizen oversight that are contained in Proposition 39 and the Act; and

WHEREAS, the Board desires to authorize the submission of a proposition to the District's voters at an election to authorize the issuance of bonds to pay for certain necessary improvements and enhancements to District educational facilities; and

WHEREAS, the Board hereby determines that, in accordance with Opinion No. 04-110 of the Attorney General of the State of California, the restrictions in Proposition 39 which prohibit any bond money from being wasted or used for inappropriate administrative salaries or other operating expenses of the District shall be enforced strictly by the District's Citizens' Oversight Committee; and

WHEREAS, pursuant to Education Code Section 15270, based upon a projection of assessed property valuation, the Board has determined that, if approved by voters, the tax rate levied to meet the debt service requirements of the bonds proposed to be issued will not exceed the Proposition 39 limits per year per $100,000 of assessed valuation of taxable property; and

WHEREAS, Section 9400 et seq. of the Elections Code of the State of California (the "Elections Code") requires that a tax rate statement be contained in all official materials relating to the election, including any ballot pamphlet prepared, sponsored, or distributed by the District; and

WHEREAS, the Board desires to authorize the filing of a tax rate statement and a ballot argument in favor of the proposition to be submitted to the voters at the election; and

WHEREAS, pursuant to 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, June 7, 2016, and to request the Riverside County Registrar of Voters to perform certain election services for the District.

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

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Section 1. That the Board, pursuant to Education Code Sections 15100 et seq., 15264 et seq., and Government Code Section 53506, hereby requests the Riverside County Registrar of Voters to conduct an election under the provisions of Proposition 39 and the Act and submit to the electors of the District the question of whether bonds of the District in the aggregate principal amount of $257,000,000 (the "Bonds") shall be issued and sold for the purpose of raising money for the projects described in Exhibits "A" and "B" hereto. Both exhibits are directed to be printed in the voter pamphlet.

Section 2. That the date of the election shall be June 7, 2016.

Section 3. That the purpose of the election shall be for the voters in the District to vote on a proposition, a copy of which is attached hereto and marked Exhibit "A," incorporated by reference herein, and containing the question of whether the District shall issue the Bonds to pay for improvements to the extent permitted by such proposition. In compliance with Proposition 39 policies of the Board and the Act, the ballot propositions in Exhibits "A" and "B" are subject to the following requirements and determinations:

  1. (a) the proceeds of the sale of the Bonds shall be used only for the purposes set forth in the ballot measure and not for any other purpose, including teacher or administrator salaries or other school operating expenses;
  2. (b) that the Board, in establishing the projects set forth in Exhibit "B," evaluated the safety, class size reduction, classroom, educational and information technology needs of the District as well as the importance of the projects to improve student learning in core subjects like reading, math, science and technology;
  3. (c) that the Board shall cause an annual, independent performance audit to be conducted to ensure that the Bond monies get spent only for the projects identified in Exhibit "B" hereto;
  4. (d) that the Board shall cause an annual, independent financial audit of the proceeds from sale of Bonds to be conducted until all of the Bond proceeds have been expended;
  5. (e) that the Board shall appoint a 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; and
  6. (f) that the tax levy authorized to secure the Bonds of this election shall not exceed the Proposition 39 limits per $100,000 of taxable property in the District when assessed valuation is projected by the District to increase in accordance with Article XIIIA of the California Constitution.

Section 4. That the authority for ordering the election is contained in Education Code Sections 15100 et seq., 15264 et seq., and Government Code Section 53506.

Section 5. That the authority for the specifications of this election order is contained in Sections 5322 of the Education Code.

Section 6. That the Riverside County Registrar of Voters and the Riverside County Board of Supervisors are hereby requested to consolidate the election ordered hereby with any and all other elections to be held on June 7, 2016 within the District.

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Section 7. That the Secretary of the Board is hereby directed to deliver a certified copy of this Resolution to the Riverside County Registrar of Voters no later than March 11, 2016.

Section 8. That Bonds may be issued pursuant to Section 15264 et seq. of the Education Code or Section 53506 of the Government Code. The maximum rate of interest on any Bond shall not exceed the maximum rate allowed by Education Code Sections 15140 to 15143, as modified by Government Code Section 53531.

Section 9. That the Board requests the governing body of any such other political subdivision, or any officer otherwise authorized by law, to partially or completely consolidate such election and to further provide that the canvass of the returns of the election be made by any body or official authorized by law to canvass such returns, and that the Board consents to such consolidation. The Board further authorizes the submission of a tax rate statement and primary and rebuttal arguments, as appropriate, to be filed with the Riverside County Registrar of Voters by the established deadlines.

Section 10. Pursuant to Section 5303 of the Education Code and Section 10002 of the Elections Code, the Board of Supervisors of Riverside County is requested to permit the Registrar of Voters to render all services specified by Section 10418 of the Elections Code relating to the election, for which services the District agrees to reimburse Riverside County, 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) pursuant to the terms of Section 5363 of the Education Code and Section 12112 of the Elections Code.

ADOPTED, SIGNED AND APPROVED this 7th day of March, 2016.

BOARD OF EDUCATION OF THE RIVERSIDE
UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

By
President

Attest:

Superintendent

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RIVERSIDE COUNTY )

I, Dr. David Hansen, do hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and correct copy of Resolution No. ____, which was duly adopted by the Board of Education of the Riverside Unified School District at the meeting thereof held on the 7th day of March, 2016, and that it was so adopted by the following vote:

AYES:

NOES:

ABSENT:

ABSTENTIONS:

By

Superintendent

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