Santa Maria Joint Union High Schools: Vote Yes on Measure H2016 Bonds - Santa Barbara County - 2016 general Election
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Commentary on Measure H2016

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 H2016 Question

MEASURE H2016
SANTA MARIA JOINT UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT

To rebuild Santa Maria High, improve student safety, renovate and construct classrooms and support facilities at Righetti, Pioneer Valley and Delta high schools that provide modern learning environments, increase classroom technology and infrastructure, replace portable classrooms, and improve vocational career and college pathway facilities District-wide that support student achievement, shall Santa Maria Joint Union High School District be authorized to issue up to $114,000,000 in bonds, at legal interest rates, with an and annual audits?

BONDS YES BONDS NO

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Impartial Analysis for Measure H2016

IMPARTIAL ANALYSIS BY COUNTY COUNSEL
MEASURE H2016
SANTA MARIA JOINT UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT

This measure was placed on the ballot by the Board of Trustees of the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District, which is the governing board of the school district.

If approved by 55% of the voters voting on the proposition, this measure authorizes the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District (District) to issue and sell bonds of up to $114,000,000 in aggregate principal amount to provide financing for the specific school facilities projects listed in the District's Project List. The Project List, as well as the full text of the measure, is printed in the ballot pamphlet. None of the proceeds from the sale of bonds may be used for teacher or administrator salaries or operating expenses.

The bonds and interest thereon would be payable from property taxes levied on taxable property in the District. These taxes would be in addition to the property taxes currently levied on taxpayers in the District. The amount of the increased taxes each year would depend upon the amount needed to pay the principal and interest on the bonds.

The bond measure includes the following accountability requirements:

A. A requirement that the proceeds from the bond sale be used only for the above purposes and not for any other purpose, including teacher and administrator salaries, and other school operating expenses.

B. A list of the specific school facilities projects to be funded and certification that the school district board has evaluated safety, class size reduction, and information technology needs in developing that list.

C. A requirement that the school district board conduct an annual, independent performance audit to ensure that the funds have been spent only on the specific school facilities projects listed in the Project List.

D. A requirement that the school district board conduct an annual, independent financial audit of the bond proceeds until all of such proceeds have been spent for the school facilities projects listed in the Project List.

E. If the measure is approved, the District Board of Trustees will also establish a citizens' oversight committee to ensure bond proceeds are used only to fund the specific projects listed in the Project List, as printed in the ballot pamphlet.

/s/ Michael C. Ghizzoni
County Counsel

Dated: July 27, 2016

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Argument in Favor of Measure H2016

ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF
MEASURE H2016
SANTA MARIA JOINT UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT

In Santa Maria, we recognize the value of a good education and the contribution good schools have on the desirability of our community. But the impact of student learning continues to change rapidly in the 21st century and many of our classrooms are 40 to 60 years old. We need to modernize all classrooms and reconstruct portions of older schools to accommodate more modern classroom instruction and technology so our students are better prepared to compete for quality college and career opportunities. To assist, the District is eligible to receive over $50 million in State grants, but a local match is required.

As taxpayers and homeowners, we all agree quality schools improve property values, attract business and maintain the desirability of our community.

MEASURE "H-2016" will:

  • Rebuild the 80 year old Santa Maria High School campus into a modern 21st century high school facility reflective of its heritage and the quality of our newer schools
  • Modernize and upgrade existing classrooms, science labs and support facilities at all schools, including Righetti and Pioneer Valley, to support modern classroom instruction and technology for increased student achievement and teacher use
  • Construct additional college and vocational/career technical education facilities so students are better able to compete for better college or good paying opportunities upon graduation
  • Provide the required local match for eligible State grants for modernization and new construction of school facilities

MEASURE "H-2016" PROVIDES TAXPAYER SAFEGUARDS WE CAN ALL SUPPORT:

  • Establishes an independent Citizens' Oversight Committee to ensure funds are spent on voter-approved school improvements with
  • Requires annual financial and performance audits

We need to make an investment in our schools to attract families, businesses and good paying jobs, and look forward to a stronger Santa

Maria and improved student success.

VOTE YES on MEASURE "H-2016"!

The undersigned authors of the Argument in Favor of ballot measure H2016 at the Presidential General Election for the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District to be held on November 8, 2016 hereby state that such argument is true and correct to the best of their knowledge and belief.

Dated: July 28, 2016

/s/ Jack Garvin,
Board President of SMJUHSD

/s/ Jeffrey N. Hearn,
Retired Superintendent of SMJUHSD

/s/ Alice Patino,
Mayor of the City of Santa Maria

/s/ Willie Galvan,
Business man

/s/ Ron Burk,
AG Business

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Argument Against Measure H2016

SR 064-18
PR-9015-2ENG

NO ARGUMENT WAS FILED AGAINST MEASURE H2016

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Full Text of Measure H2016

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EXHIBIT A
FULL TEXT OF BOND PROPOSITION

SANTA MARIA JOINT UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT
HIGH SCHOOL FACILITIES IMPROVEMENT INITIATIVE

This Proposition may be known and referred to as the "Santa Maria Joint Union High School District High School Facilities Improvement Initiative" or as "Measure ". [designation to be assigned by County Registrar of Voters]

BOND AUTHORIZATION

By approval of this proposition by at least 55% of the registered voters voting on the proposition, the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District (the "District") shall be authorized to issue and sell bonds of up to $114,000,000 in aggregate principal amount to provide financing for the specific school facilities projects listed under the heading entitled "BOND PROJECT LIST" below (the "Bond Project List"), and qualify to receive State of California matching grant funds, subject to all of the accountability safeguards specified below.

ACCOUNTABILITY SAFEGUARDS

The provisions in this section are specifically included in this proposition in order that the voters and taxpayers of the District may be assured that their money will be spent to address specific facilities needs of the District, all in compliance with the requirements of Article XIIIA, Section 1(b)(3) of the California Constitution, and the Strict Accountability in Local School Construction Bonds Act of 2000 (codified at Sections 15264 and following of the California Education Code (the "Education Code")).

Evaluation of Needs. The Board of Education of the District (the "Board") has prepared a master schools improvement plan in order to evaluate and address all of the facilities needs of the District at each campus and facility, and to determine which projects to finance from a local bond at this time. The Board hereby certifies that it has evaluated safety, class size reduction and information technology needs in developing the Bond Project List.

Limitations on Use of Bonds. Proceeds from the sale of bonds authorized by this proposition shall be used only for the construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, or replacement of school facilities, including the furnishing and equipping of school facilities, or the 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.

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Independent Citizens' Oversight Committee. The Board shall establish an independent citizens' oversight committee (pursuant to Education Code Section 15278 and following), to ensure bond proceeds are expended only for the school facilities projects listed in the Bond Project List. The committee shall be established within 60 days of the date when the results of the election appear in the minutes of the Board. In accordance with Section 15282 of the Education Code, the citizens' oversight committee shall consist of at least seven members and shall include a member active in a business organization representing the business community located within the District, a member active in a senior citizens' organization, a member active in a bona fide taxpayers' organization, a member that is a parent or guardian of a child enrolled in the District, and a member that is both a parent or guardian of a child enrolled in the District and active in a parent-teacher organization. No employee or official of the District and no vendor, contractor or consultant of the District shall be appointed to the citizens' oversight committee.

Annual Performance Audits. The Board shall conduct an annual, independent performance audit to ensure that the bond proceeds have been expended only on the school facilities projects listed in the Bond Project List. These audits shall be conducted in accordance with the Government Auditing Standards issued by the Comptroller General of the United States for performance audits. The results of these audits shall be made publicly available and shall be submitted to the citizens' oversight committee in accordance with Section 15286 of the Education Code.

Annual Financial Audits. The Board 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 in the Bond Project List. These audits shall be conducted in accordance with the Government Auditing Standards issued by the Comptroller General of the United States for financial audits. The results of these audits shall be made publicly available and shall be submitted to the citizens' oversight committee in accordance with Section 15286 of the Education Code.

Special Bond Proceeds Account; Annual Report to Board. Upon approval of this proposition and the sale of any bonds approved, the Board shall take actions necessary to establish an account in which proceeds of the sale of bonds will be deposited. As long as any proceeds of the bonds remain unexpended, the Superintendent of the District shall cause a report to be filed with the Board no later than January 1 of each year, commencing January 1, 2018, stating (a) the amount of bond proceeds received and expended in that year, and (b) the status of any project funded or to be funded from bond proceeds. The report may relate to the calendar year, fiscal year, or other appropriate annual period as the Superintendent of the District shall determine, and may be incorporated into the annual budget, audit, or other appropriate routine report to the Board.

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FURTHER SPECIFICATIONS

Joint-Use Projects. The District may enter into agreements with other public agencies or nonprofit organizations for joint use of school facilities financed with the proceeds of the bonds in accordance with Education Code Section 17077.42 (or any successor provision). The District may seek State grant funds for eligible joint-use projects as permitted by law, and this proposition hereby specifies and acknowledges that bond funds will or may be used to fund all or a portion of the local share for any eligible jointuse projects identified in the Bond Project List or as otherwise permitted by California State regulations, as the Board shall determine.

Single Purpose. All of the purposes enumerated in this proposition shall be united and voted upon as one single proposition, pursuant to Education Code Section 15100, and all the enumerated purposes shall constitute the specific single purpose of the bonds, and proceeds of the bonds shall be spent only for such purpose, pursuant to California Government Code Section 53410.

Bonds may be Issued in Excess of Statutory Bonding Limit. Issuance of all of the authorized bonds might require the outstanding debt of the District to exceed its statutory bonding limit of 1.25% of the total assessed valuation of taxable property in the District. In that event, the from the State Board of Education, which has the power to waive certain requirements of the Education Code applicable to the District. By approval of this proposition, the voters have authorized the District to seek such a waiver, and to issue authorized bonds in excess of the 1.25% limit as the State Board of Education may approve. No such waiver has yet been sought or granted.

Other Terms of the Bonds. When sold, the bonds shall bear interest at an annual rate not exceeding the statutory maximum, and that interest shall be made payable at the time or times permitted by law. The bonds may be issued and sold in several series, and no bond shall be made to mature more than the statutory maximum number of years from the date borne by that bond.

BOND PROJECT LIST

The Bond Project List below lists the the District proposes to finance with proceeds of the bonds. The Bond Project List shall be considered a part of the bond proposition and shall be reproduced in any official document required to contain the full statement of the bond proposition. Listed projects will be completed at a particular school or facility site according to Board-established priorities, and the order in which such projects appear on the Bond Project List is not an indication of priority for funding or completion. The project list does not authorize non-capital expenditures. is assumed to include its share of costs of the election and bond issuance, construction-related costs, such as project and construction management, architectural, engineering, inspection and similar planning and testing costs, demolition and interim housing costs, legal, accounting and similar fees, costs related to the independent annual financial and performance audits, a contingency for unforeseen design and construction costs, and A-4 for completion of the listed projects (whether the related work is performed by the District or third parties). The final cost of each project will be determined as plans are finalized, construction bids are awarded, and projects are completed. In addition, certain construction funds expected from non-bond sources, including State of California grant funds for eligible projects, have not yet been secured. Therefore, the Board cannot guarantee that the bonds will provide sufficient funds to allow completion of all listed projects. Alternatively, if the District obtains unexpected funds from non-bond sources with respect to listed projects, such projects may be enhanced, supplemented or expanded to the extent of such funds. Some projects may be subject to further government approvals, including by State officials and boards and/or local environmental or agency approval. Inclusion of a project on the Bond Project List is not a guarantee that the project will be completed (regardless of whether bond funds are available).

The authorized to be financed with proceeds of the bonds under this proposition are as follows:

DISTRICT WIDE PROJECTS

The following projects are authorized to be financed District wide:

  • Acquire, construct, and modernize classrooms and related facilities to accommodate student enrollment and implementation of the District's educational program
  • Replace portable classrooms with permanent classroom facilities
  • Modernize existing teaching facilities and classrooms to accommodate modern classroom instruction
  • Replace classrooms, reconfigure classrooms and facilities, and provide furnishings, fixtures, and equipment to meet current teaching standards and requirements
  • Upgrade fields, play courts, and athletic and performance spaces for school and
  • Update science labs, aging bathrooms, assembly spaces, emergency communication systems, and technology infrastructure
  • Retrofit classrooms with energy efficient air conditioning, heating, and safety systems to reduce overall costs and improve the classroom learning environment for students and teachers
  • Improve circulation and parking and reconfigure drop-off and pick-up areas at schools to enhance student safety and reduce neighborhood traffic delays
  • Construct, create, and expand vocational classrooms and career technical facilities, including an agricultural farm
  • Address unforeseen conditions revealed by construction/modernization (e.g., plumbing or gas line breaks, dry rot, seismic, structural, etc.)
  • Perform necessary site preparation/restoration in connection with new construction, renovation or remodeling

All or portions of these projects may be used as joint-use projects within the A-5 meaning of Section 17077.42(c) of the Education Code (or any successor provision).

SANTA MARIA HIGH SCHOOL

The following projects are authorized to be financed at Santa Maria High School:

  • Replace classrooms, reconfigure existing permanent classrooms and facilities, and provide furnishings, fixtures, and equipment to meet current teaching standards and requirements
  • Retrofit classrooms with energy efficient air conditioning, heating, and safety systems to improve the classroom learning environment for students and teachers
  • Replace existing portable classrooms with permanent classroom facilities
  • Construct new buildings to replace older portions of the campus with new classrooms, labs, and related facilities
  • Construct, create, and expand vocational classrooms and career technical facilities
  • Renovate and restore the Ethel Pope Auditorium
  • Upgrade and modernize classrooms to accommodate modern classroom instruction and meet current teaching standards and requirements
  • Construct new student services center, athletic fields and courts, and related facilities, and reconfigure main campus entry to improve vehicular and pedestrian circulation
  • Upgrade classroom buildings, labs, and related facilities and provide modern furniture, fixtures, and equipment to implement the District's educational program
  • Increase parking and reconfigure drop-off and pick-up areas to enhance student safety and improve neighborhood circulation
  • Upgrade and integrate information technology infrastructure for new and modernized facilities and expand the use of digital technologies in the classroom

All or portions of these projects may be used as joint-use projects within the meaning of Section 17077.42(c) of the Education Code (or any successor provision).

RIGHETTI HIGH SCHOOL

The following projects are authorized to be financed at Righetti High School:

  • Upgrade and modernize classrooms to accommodate modern classroom instruction and meet current teaching standards and requirements
  • Modernize library and upgrade existing labs, including engineering, industrial arts, and science classrooms, to support academic pathways and implement the District's educational program
  • Replace existing portable classrooms with permanent classroom facilities
  • Construct practice gymnasium and performing arts facility to supply additional A-6 indoor athletic and performance space for organized sports, theater, choir, band, and community uses
  • Retrofit classrooms with energy efficient air conditioning, heating, and safety systems to improve the classroom learning environment for students and teachers
  • Construct, create, and expand vocational classrooms and career technical facilities
  • Upgrade classroom buildings, labs, and related facilities and provide modern furniture, fixtures, and equipment to implement the District's educational program
  • Improve parking and reconfigure drop-off and pick-up areas to enhance student safety and improve neighborhood circulation
  • Upgrade and integrate information technology infrastructure for new and modernized facilities and expand the use of digital technologies in the classroom

All or portions of these projects may be used as joint-use projects within the meaning of Section 17077.42(c) of the Education Code (or any successor provision).

PIONEER VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL

  • Upgrade and modernize classrooms and related facilities to accommodate modern classroom instruction and meet current teaching standards and requirements
  • Construct, create, and expand vocational classrooms and career technical facilities
  • Upgrade classroom buildings, labs, and related facilities and provide modern furniture, fixtures, and equipment to implement the District's educational program
  • Upgrade information technology infrastructure and expand the use of digital technologies in the classroom

All or portions of these projects may be used as joint-use projects within the meaning of Section 17077.42(c) of the Education Code (or any successor provision).

MISCELLANEOUS

All listed bond projects include the following as needed:

  • Removal of hazardous materials such as asbestos and lead paint as needed.
  • Construction and/or installation of access improvements for disabled persons, as required by state and federal law.
  • Associated onsite and offsite development, demolition and other improvements made necessary by listed bond projects.
  • Planning, designing and providing temporary housing necessary for listed bond projects.
  • Purchase of any rights-of-way and/or easements made necessary by listed bond projects.

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Measure H2016 Tax Rate Statement

FP-B SR 064-17
PR-9015-1ENG

TAX RATE STATEMENT
MEASURE H2016
SANTA MARIA JOINT UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT

An election will be held in the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District (the "District") on November 8, 2016, to authorize the sale of up to $114,000,000 in bonds of the District to finance school facilities as described in the proposition. If the bonds are approved, the District expects to issue the Bonds in multiple series over time. Principal and interest on the bonds will be payable from the proceeds of tax levies made upon the taxable property in the District. The following information is provided in compliance with Sections 9400 through 9404 of the California Elections Code.

1. The best estimate of the tax 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 estimated assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement, is 3.00 cents per $100 ($30.00 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in 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 estimated assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement, is 3.00 cents per $100 ($30.00 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2023-24.

3. The best estimate of the highest tax rate which would be required to be levied to fund this bond issue, based on estimated assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement, is 3.00 cents per $100 ($30.00 per $100,000) of assessed valuation and is expected to remain approximately the same in each year during the term of repayment of the bonds.

4. The best estimate of 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 approximately $193,000,000.

Voters should note that estimated tax rates are based on the ASSESSED VALUE of taxable property on the County's official tax rolls, not on the property's market value, which could be more or less than the assessed 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. Certain taxpayers may also be eligible to postpone payment of taxes. Property owners should consult their own property tax bills and tax advisors to determine their property's assessed value and any applicable tax exemptions.

Attention of all voters is directed to the fact that the foregoing information is based upon the District's projections and estimates only, which are not binding upon the District. The actual tax rates and the years in which they will apply, and the actual total debt service, 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 dates of sale and the amount of bonds sold at any given time will be determined by the District based on need for construction funds and other factors, including the legal limitations on bonds approved by a 55% affirmative vote. The actual interest rates at which the bonds will be sold will depend on the bond market at the time of each sale. Actual future assessed valuation 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.

/s/ Dr. Mark Richardson
Superintendent, Santa Maria Joint Union High School District

Dated: July 27, 2016

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Measure H2016 Agenda Description

Agenda of June 21, 2016 (complete item)

9. Consider approving Resolution Ordering School Bond Election for the November 8, 2016 Ballot Appendix K

In August 2014, the Board adopted a Reconfiguration and Facilities Program to serve as a blueprint for future improvements and aid in the implementation of 21st century learning environments and innovative academic initiatives for all students served by the District and its four high schools. On June 14, 2016, the Board adopted the Master Schools Improvement Program ("MSIP"), the next phase to the District's Reconfiguration and Facilities Program.

To implement the MSIP, the District is recommending that Board adopt the attached Resolution Ordering a School Bond Election, and Authorizing Necessary Actions in Connection Therewith. The Resolution requests that the voters authorize the District to sell up to $114 Million dollars of general obligation bonds to fund the facilities projects proposed in the MSIP and the Reconfiguration and Facilities Program. The District is requesting that the Measure be authorized pursuant to Proposition 39, committing the District to certain taxpayer disclosure and accountability measures.

The Resolution includes, as an attachment, the full text of the bond measure and project list defining those projects to be funded by the Measure, if approved. The Resolution and attachments must be filed with the Registrar of Voters and the Clerk of the County Board of Supervisors.

If approved by the Board, the District would request that the bond measure be placed on and consolidated with the Statewide general election scheduled for November 8, 2016.

Resource Person: Yolanda Ortiz, Asst. Superintendent of Business Services

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IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT the Board of Education approve Resolution No. 24-2015-2016 Ordering A School Bond Election, and Authorizing Necessary Actions In Connection Therewith.

Moved _____ Second ______

REGULAR MEETING
June 21, 2016
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A Roll Call Vote is Required:

Dr. Garvin ______

Dr. Karamitsos ______

Ms. Perez ______

Mr. Palera ______

Ms. Lopez ______

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Measure H2016 Resolution

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REGULAR MEETING
JUNE 21, 2016

SANTA MARIA JOINT UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT
RESOLUTION NUMBER 24 2015-2016

RESOLUTION ORDERING A SCHOOL BOND ELECTION, AND
AUTHORIZING NECESSARY ACTIONS IN CONNECTION THEREWITH

WHEREAS, the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District (the "District"), located primarily in the County of Santa Barbara ("Santa Barbara County") and partially in the County of San Luis Obispo ("San Luis Obispo County" and together with Santa Barbara County, the "Counties"), is a California public high school district organized pursuant to Sections 35000 et seq. of the California Education Code (the "Education Code"); and

WHEREAS, the District, in 2014, commissioned a comprehensive evaluation of its high school facilities and the available sources of funding to improve its facilities; and

WHEREAS, the Board of Education (the "Board") of the District thereafter adopted a Reconfiguration and Facilities Program (the "Program"), which provides a roadmap and sequence for addressing the District's needs for facility improvement; and

WHEREAS, the Program includes two phases of facility improvements: the first phase funded primarily by Measure C, approved by the voters in 2004; and, the second phase funded primarily by a new bond measure to be presented to voters and State School Facilities Program matching funds; and

WHEREAS, the Program outlines a plan for the District to construct new classroom buildings and replace portable facilities, upgrade existing permanent classrooms with modern furniture, fixtures and equipment, renovate the Ethel Pope Auditorium, construct and improve student support facilities, construct a new agriculture pavilion to support the agriculture program and other career technology education programs throughout the District, as well as other school site improvements; and

WHEREAS, the Board developed the Program to enhance educational programs and increase student achievement; and

WHEREAS, the Board is authorized to order elections within the District and to designate the specifications thereof, pursuant to Education Code Sections 5304 and 5322; and

WHEREAS, the Board is specifically authorized to order elections for the purpose of submitting to the electors the question of whether bonds of the District shall be issued and sold for the purpose of raising money for the purposes hereinafter specified, pursuant to Education Code Sections 15100 et seq.; and

WHEREAS, pursuant to Section 18 of Article XVI and Section 1 of Article XIIIA of the California Constitution, and Section 15266 of the Education Code, school districts may seek approval of bonds and levy an ad valorem tax to repay those bonds upon a 55% 1 vote of those voting on a proposition for the purposes hereinafter specified, provided certain accountability measures are included in the proposition, including performance and financial audits and oversight by an independent citizens' oversight committee to ensure that all funds are spent properly and as promised to the voters; and

WHEREAS, the Board deems it necessary and advisable to submit such a bond proposition to the electors, which, if approved by 55% of the votes cast, would permit the District to issue its bonds; and

WHEREAS, Section 5303 of the Education Code provides that in an election to be conducted in a district located in more than one county, the elections clerks of both counties shall by mutual agreement provide for the performance of the duties incident to the preparation for and holding of all district elections; and

WHEREAS, the Board understands that the Registrar of Voters of Santa Barbara County (the "Santa Barbara County Registrar of Voters") shall bear primary responsibility for conducting the election; and

WHEREAS, the District desires to request that the Santa Barbara County Registrar of Voters and the Registrar of Voters of San Luis Obispo County (the "San Luis Obispo County Registrar of Voters" and together with the Santa Barbara County Registrar of Voters, the "Registrars of Voters") come to a mutual agreement for the performance of such elections clerk duties in connection with the bond proposition to be submitted to the voters in compliance with Section 5303 of the Education Code; and

WHEREAS, such a bond election must be conducted concurrent with a statewide primary election, general election or special election, or at a regularly scheduled local election at which all of the electors of the District are entitled to vote, as required by Section 15266 of the Education Code; and

WHEREAS, on November 8, 2016, a statewide general election is scheduled to be conducted throughout the District; and

WHEREAS, the Board has determined that, based upon a projection of assessed property valuation, 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 maximum tax rate permitted by Section 15268 of the Education Code; and

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

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

WHEREAS, if a project to be funded by the bonds will require State of California matching grant funds for any phase, the sample ballot must contain a statement, in the form prescribed by law, advising the voters of that fact, and the Board finds that completion of all or a portion of certain of the projects listed in the bond proposition set forth herein will require State matching grant funds not yet received by the District;

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NOW, THEREFORE, be it resolved, determined and ordered by the Board of Education of the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District as follows:

Section 1. Recitals. All of the above recitals are true and correct.

Section 2. Specifications of Election Order; Required Certification. Pursuant to Education Code Sections 5304, 5322, 15100 et seq., and 15266, a special election shall be held within the boundaries of the District on November 8, 2016, for the purpose of submitting to the registered voters of the District the bond proposition contained in Exhibit A attached hereto and incorporated herein. In accordance with Section 1 of Article XIIIA of the California Constitution, and as provided in the text of the bond proposition, the Board hereby certifies that it has evaluated safety, class size reduction and information technology needs in developing the bond project list set forth in the bond proposition.

Section 3. Conduct of Election.

  1. (a) Request to County Officers. Pursuant to Section 5303 of the Education Code, the Registrars of Voters are required to, and are hereby requested to, take all steps to hold the election in accordance with law and these specifications. The District hereby further requests that the Santa Barbara County Registrar of Voters and the San Luis Obispo County Registrar of Voters come to a mutual agreement for the performance of elections clerk duties in connection with the bond proposition in compliance with Section 5303 of the Education Code.
  2. (b) Abbreviation of Proposition. Pursuant to Section 13247 of the Elections Code and Section 15122 of the Education Code, the Board hereby directs the Registrars of Voters to use the following abbreviation of the bond proposition on the ballot:
  3. "To rebuild Santa Maria High, improve student safety, renovate and construct classrooms and support facilities at Righetti, Pioneer Valley and Delta high schools that provide modern learning environments, increase classroom technology and infrastructure, replace portable classrooms, and improve vocational career and college pathway facilities District-wide that support student achievement, shall Santa Maria Joint Union High School District be authorized to issue up to $114,000,000 in bonds, at legal interest rates, with an independent citizens' oversight committee and annual audits?"
  4. (c) Voter Pamphlet. The Registrars of Voters are hereby requested to reprint the full text of the bond proposition as set forth in Exhibit A in its entirety in the voter information pamphlet to be distributed to voters pursuant to Section 13307 of the Elections Code. In the event the full text of the bond proposition is not reprinted in the voter information pamphlet in its entirety, the Registrars of Voters are hereby requested to print, immediately below the impartial analysis of the bond proposition, in no less than 10-point boldface type, a legend substantially as follows:
  5. "The above statement is an impartial analysis of Measure . If you desire a copy of the measure, please call the Santa Barbara/San Luis Obispo County Registrar of Voters at (805) 568-2200/(805) 781-5080 or the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District at (805) 922-4573, and a copy will be mailed at no cost to you. Measure is also available on the Internet at http://www.smjuhsd.k12.ca.us/."
  6. (d) Accountability Safeguards. In the event the full text of the bond proposition is not reprinted in the voter information pamphlet in its entirety, the Registrars of Voters are hereby requested to include the following statement in the ballot in compliance with Section 15272 of the Education Code:
  7. "If Measure is approved, the Board of Education of the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District will appoint a citizens' oversight committee and conduct annual independent 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."
  8. (e) State Matching Funds. The District hereby requests that the Registrars of Voters include the following statement in the ballot pamphlet, pursuant to Section 15122.5 of the Education Code:
  9. "Approval of Measure does not guarantee that the proposed project or projects in the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District that are the subject of bonds under Measure will be funded beyond the local revenues generated by Measure . The District's proposal for the project or projects assumes the receipt of matching State funds, which could be subject to appropriation by the Legislature or approval of a statewide bond measure."
  10. (f) Consolidation Requirement. Pursuant to Section 15266(a) of the Education Code, the election shall be consolidated with the statewide general election on November 8, 2016, and pursuant to Part 3 (commencing with Section 10400) of Division 10 of the Elections Code, the Registrars of Voters and the Board of Supervisors of the Counties are hereby requested to order consolidation of the election with such other elections as may be held on the same day in the same territory or in territory that is in part the same. The District hereby acknowledges that the consolidated election will be held and conducted in the manner prescribed by Section 10418 of the Elections Code.
  11. (g) Canvass of Results. The Board of Supervisors of each of the Counties is authorized and requested to canvass the returns of the election, pursuant to Section 10411 of the Elections Code.
  12. (h) Required Vote. Pursuant to Section 18 of Article XVI and Section 1 of Article XIIIA of the California Constitution, the bond proposition shall become effective upon the affirmative vote of at least 55% of those voters voting on the proposition.
  13. (i) Election Costs. The District shall pay all costs of the election approved by the Board of Supervisors of each of the Counties pursuant to Education Code Section 5421.

Section 4. Delivery of Order of Election to County Officers. The Clerk of the Board of the District is hereby directed to cause to be filed as soon as practicable, and in any event no later than August 12, 2016 (which date is not fewer than 88 days prior to the date set for the election), one copy of this Resolution to each of the Registrar of Voters, including the tax rate statement attached hereto as Exhibit B, containing the information required by Elections Code Section 9400 et seq., completed and signed by the Superintendent of the District, and shall file a copy of this Resolution with the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors of each of the Counties.

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Section 5. Ballot Arguments. The President of the Board, or any member or members of the Board as the President shall designate, are hereby authorized, but not directed, to prepare and file with each of the Registrar of Voters a ballot argument in favor of the bond proposition, within the time established by the Registrars of Voters, which shall be considered the official ballot argument of the Board as sponsor of the bond proposition.

Section 6. Further Authorization. The members of the Board, the Superintendent of the District, and all other officers of the District are hereby authorized and directed, individually and collectively, to do any and all things that they deem necessary or advisable in order to effectuate the purposes of this resolution in accordance with the terms hereof and of applicable provisions of law.

Section 7. Effective Date. This Resolution shall take effect upon its adoption by a two-thirds vote.

PASSED AND ADOPTED by the Board of Education of the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District at a regular meeting held this 21st day of June, 2016, by the following vote:

AYES:

NOES:

ABSTAIN:

ABSENT:

President of the Board of Education of the
Santa Maria Joint Union High School District

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CLERK'S CERTIFICATE

I, Carol Karamitsos, Clerk of the Board of Education of the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District, Counties of Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo, California, hereby certify as follows:

The attached is a full, true and correct copy of a resolution duly adopted at a regular meeting of the Board of Education of the District duly and regularly held at the regular meeting place thereof on June 21, 2016, and entered in the minutes thereof, of which meeting all of the members of the Board of Education had due notice and at which a quorum thereof was present. The resolution was adopted by the following vote:

AYES:

NOES:

ABSTAIN:

ABSENT:

An agenda of the meeting was posted at least 72 hours beforehand at 2560 Skyway Drive, Santa Maria, California, a location freely accessible to members of the public, and a brief description of the adopted resolution appeared on the agenda. A copy of the agenda is attached hereto. The resolution has not been amended, modified or rescinded since the date of its adoption, and the same is now in full force and effect.

ATTEST:

Clerk of the Board of Education
Santa Maria Joint Union High School District

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