Santee Schools: Vote Yes on Measure S Bonds - San Diego County - 2018 general Election
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Welcome to the Yes No on Measure S Campaign

#HonestBallots Movement

Your San Diego County Registrar of Voters printed and circulated ballots for this measure that didn't conform to the law. The registrar ignored our Notice and Demand to follow the law. The legislature makes this a crime. (See: How 25 County Registrars Committed A Crime.)

If you want to get really steamed up about the collusion between your Registrar and Santee Schools to lie and cheat in order to steal your taxes, you can read the letter for yourself.

Do you want to give this district a Thanksgiving surprise? Please call or text me (with #HonestBalllots, San Diego, 0635880, and your name) at 909-378-5401 right now for details. It's urgent and very time-sensitive.

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 S Question

To construct, modernize, update and equip Santee elementary and junior high school classrooms and educational facilities, shall $15,370,000 of Santee School District bonds, approved by voters in 2006, be reauthorized as new bonds, with legal rates, projected average annual levies of $0.03 per $100 of assessed valuation for approximately eight years (an estimated $2.2 million raised annually), citizens' oversight, audits, no increase in total District debt, and all funds spent locally and not taken by the State?

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Full Text of Measure S

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EXHIBIT A

FULL TEXT OF BOND PROPOSITION

SANTEE SCHOOL DISTRICT
EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES CONSTRUCTION MEASURE

This proposition may be known and referred to as the "Santee School District Educational Facilities Construction Measure" 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 voters of the Santee School District (the "District") voting on the proposition, the District shall be authorized to issue and sell up to $15,370,000 aggregate principal amount of bonds, previously approved by voters in 2006, but reauthorized as new bonds, with no increase in total District debt as provided herein to provide financing for the specific school facilities projects listed under the heading entitled "BOND PROJECT LIST" below (the "Bond Project List"), 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 school 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 an updated facilities 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.

Independent Citizens' Oversight Committee. The Board shall establish an independent citizens' oversight committee (pursuant to Education Code A-1
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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 on the first January 1 after the sale of the first series of bonds, 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.

Project Labor Agreements. In an effort to increase competition and maintain fairness among all potential contractors, reduce costs of construction, A-2
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State of California Matching Grant Funds. In order to maximize community benefit and efficiently apply taxpayer dollars, the District hereby declares its intention to seek, where practical and economical, State of California matching grant funds for eligible projects.

Other Accountability Safeguards. To the extent doing so is not prohibited by law (including the doctrines of legislative entrenchment and the single subject rule), the District shall structure the bonds to mature in compliance with Section 147(b) of the Internal Revenue Code (or any successor thereto).

FURTHER SPECIFICATIONS

Joint-Use Projects. In order to maximize community benefit and efficiently apply taxpayer dollars, the District will make a good faith effort, where practical and economical, to incorporate joint use elements into the specific projects the District proposes to finance with proceeds of the bonds. To this end, the District will contact local agencies with overlapping jurisdictions to develop and pursue, where practical and economical, the incorporation of such joint use elements into such bond projects. Accordingly, 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 l7077.42 (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 joint-use 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 534-10.

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.

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COVENANT WITH RESPECT TO REAUTHORIZED BONDS

On November 7, 2006, voters of the District approved the issuance of bonds of the District in the aggregate principal amount of $60,000,000 (the "Measure R Bonds"). The District has previously issued five series of Measure R Bonds, leaving $15,371,421 principal amount of Measure R Bonds which have been authorized but unissued by the District (the "Unissued Measure R Bonds"). However, Section 15268 of the Education Code requires that, at the time of issuance of any series of Measure R Bonds, the District must project that the tax rate levied to pay debt service on such Measure R Bonds, together with debt service due on other series of Measure R Bonds which have previously been issued, will not exceed $30 per year per $100,000 of taxable property when projected by the District to increase in accordance with Article XIIIA of the California Constitution. Moreover, as a result of the general economic downturn commencing in 2008 and resulting declines in the assessed valuations of prOperty in the District, the Board has determined that the District will not in the immediate future be able to meet the projection limitation imposed by Section 15268 of the Education Code and, therefore, will not be able to issue all of the Unissued Measure R Bonds.

Since there is a need to continue the renovation and construction of District educational projects, the Board has determined to submit to the electors of the District the question whether a new issue of bonds authorized by this proposition shall be issued and sold for the purpose of raising money to complete educational projects for which the Measure R Bonds have been authorized and certain other projects as described in the Bond Project List. In order to ensure that the issuance of the newly authorized bonds will not result in an increase in the total District bonded indebtedness authorized pursuant to Measure R, the Board has determined it is in the best interest of the District to covenant that (i) prior to issuing any series of bonds authorized by this proposition, the Board will take all actions which are required to petition the Board of Supervisors of the County of San Diego to cancel a like aggregate principal amount of Unissued Measure R Bonds, and (ii) under all circumstances, not to authorize the issuance of or issue any Unissued Measure R Bonds or bonds authorized by this proposition if such issuance would cause the aggregate principal amount of all of the Measure R Bonds which are issued by the District, together with the aggregate principal amount of the bonds authorized by this proposition which are issued by the District, to exceed $60,000,000.

ESTIMATED BALLOT INFORMATION

The District is required by law to include in the statement of the measure to be voted on estimates of the amount of money to be raised annually to repay the bonds and the rate and duration of the tax to be levied for the bonds. As of the time this proposition was placed on the ballot, the District estimated that $2,200,000 of money on average would be raised annually for the repayment of the authorized bonds for approximately 8 years at a projected average tax rate of 3 cents per $100 of assessed valuation. Attention of all voters is directed to the fact that such information is based upon the District's projections and estimates only, A-4
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BOND PROJECT LIST

The Bond Project List below lists the specific projects 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 as needed 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 finding or completion. Any authorized repairs shall be capital expenditures. The Bond Project List does not authorize non-capital expenditures. Each project 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 other costs incidental to or necessary 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 specific projects authorized to be financed with proceeds of the bonds under this proposition are as follows:

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EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES CONSTRUCTION MEASURE PROJECTS

CHET F. HARRITT SCHOOL

The following projects are authorized to be financed at the Chet F. Harritt School

  • 0 Construct and equip new classrooms and classroom buildings to increase capacity and to replace portable buildings with permanent facilities.
  • 0 Construct and equip new learning resource center, including, but not limited to, library facilities, technology laboratories, and restrooms.
  • 0 Acquisition and installation of fixtures, furnishings and equipment, including, but not limited to, technology equipment.
  • 0 Construct, install and/or equip physical education locker rooms and related facilities.

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).

PRIDE ACADEMY AT PROSPECT AVENUE SCHOOL

The following projects are authorized to be financed at the Pride Academy at Prospect Avenue School:

  • 0 Construct and equip new learning resource center, including, but not limited to, library facilities, technology laboratories, and restrooms.
  • 0 Acquisition and installation of fixtures, furnishings and equipment, including, but not limited to, technology equipment.

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).

SYCAMORE CANYON SCHOOL

The following projects are authorized to be financed at the Sycamore Canyon School

  • 0 Construct and equip new learning resource center, including, but not limited to, library facilities, technology laboratories. and restrooms.
  • 0 Acquisition and installation of fixtures, furnishings and equipment, including, but not limited to, technology equipment.

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:

  • 0 Removal of hazardous materials such as asbestos and lead paint as needed.
  • 0 Construction and/or installation of access improvements for disabled persons, as required by state and federal law.
  • 0 Planning, designing, and constructing the school facilities, including costs related to construction services, architectural design, engineering, site inspection and testing services and plan review fees.
  • 0 Necessary onsite and offsite preparation or development related to construction A-6
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  • 0 Address other unforeseen conditions revealed by construction, renovation or modernization (including plumbing or gas line breaks, dry rot, seismic and structural deficiencies, etc.).
  • 0 Acquire or construct storage facilities and other space on an interim basis, as needed to accommodate construction materials, equipment, and personnel, and interim classrooms (including portables/relocatables) for students and school functions or other storage for classroom materials displaced during construction.
  • 0 All other costs and work necessary and incidental to the listed bond projects.

GENERAL PROVISIONS

Severability. If any provision of this bond proposition, or part thereof, is for any reason held by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid for any reason, the remaining provisions shall not be affected, but shall remain in full force and effect, and to this end the provisions of this bond proposition are severable.

Headings. The headings or titles of the sections of the bond proposition, including any headings or titles included in the bond project list, are solely for convenience of reference and shall not affect the meaning, construction or effect of the bond proposition.

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Measure S Tax Rate Statement

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EXHIBIT B

TAX INFORMATION STATEMENT

An election will be held in the Santee School District (the "District") on November 6, 2018, to authorize the sale of up to $15,370,000 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 a single series. 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 9405 of the California Elections Code.

  1. 1. The best estimate of the average annual tax rate that would be required to be levied to fund this bond issue over the entire duration of the bond debt service, based on assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement, is $0.03 per $100 of assessed valuation. The final fiscal year in which the tax to be levied to fund this bond issue is anticipated to be collected is fiscal year 2026-27.
  2. 2. The best estimate of the highest tax rate that 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 $0.03 cents per $100 of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2019-20.
  3. 3. 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 $17,500,000.

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 average annual tax rate, the highest tax rate and the year or years in which they will apply, and the actual total debt service, may vary from those presently estimated due to variations in the timing of bond sales, the amount of bonds sold, 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.

Dated: _____, 2018.
Kristin Baranski, Ed.D.
Superintendent, Santee School District

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Measure S Agenda Description

Agenda of May 15, 2018 (complete item)

Santee School District

BOARD OF EDUCATION Dustin Burns, Dianne El-Hajj, Ken Fox, Elana Levens-Craig, Barbara Ryan
DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT Kristin Baranski, Ed.D.
9625 Cuyamaca Street Santee, California 92071-2674 (619) 258-2300 www.santeesd.net
Douglas E. Giles
Educational Resource Center
9619 Cuyamaca Street
Santee, California

BOARD OF EDUCATION
REGULAR MEETING
AGENDA
May 15, 2018

E. DISCUSSION AND/OR ACTION ITEMS

Members of the audience wishing to address the Board about any of the following items should submit a request to speak card in advance.

Business Services

2.3. Adoption of Resolution No. 1718-39 of the Board of Education of the Santee School District Ordering a School Bond Election, and Authorizing Necessary Actions in Connection Therewith

It is recommended that the Board of Education Adopt Resolution No. 1718-39 Ordering a School Bond Election, and Authorizing Necessary Actions in Connection Therewith.

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Discussion and/or Action Item E.2.3. Adoption of Resolution No. 1718-39 of the

Prepared by Karl Christensen Board of Education of the Santee School

May 15, 2018 District Ordering a School Bond Election, and Authorizing Necessary Actions in Connection Therewith

BACKGROUND:

In November 2006, voters approved Proposition R with a 58.5% passage rate, thereby launching the District's Capital Improvement Program ("CIP") to modernize existing classrooms; build new classrooms; upgrade electrical and data infrastructure; improve Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning systems; provide more shade for students; and improve playground equipment and school grounds. Originally, the program was scheduled to be complete in 2010 and estimated to cost $130 million to be funded from the following sources:

Planned Source

General Obligation Bond Proceeds $60.0 million

State Facilities Grants $45.0 million

Other Long-Term Debt (Certificates of Participation [COPSH $20.0 million

Other: Developer Fees, Land Sale Proceeds, Interest Earnings $5.0 million

Total $130.0 million

The District has completed all but four of the projects originally planned, with one of the remaining projects (Pepper Drive School Modernization) being substantially complete (90%). Below is a summary of funds spent to date on the District's 2006 Capital Improvement Program:

Used Source:

General Obligation Bond Proceeds $44.6 million

State Facilities Grants $50.3 million

Other Long-Term Debt (Certificates of Participation [COPS]) $20.0 million

Other: Developer Fees, Land Sale Proceeds, Interest Earnings

General Fund, Proposition 39 Energy Efficiency Funds, Grants $1 1.1 million

Total $126.0 million

Due to the economic downturn that began in 2008, Assessed Valuations declined sharply, thereby hindering the District from issuing the remaining $15.37 million in authorized bonds due to tax rate limitations. Assessed Valuations are not expected to grow enough in the foreseeable future to allow issuance of these bonds under the 2006 voter authority.

Therefore, to issue the bonds requires reauthorization of the unissued amount by placement of a 2018 Bond Reauthorization measure on the November ballot.

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The three projects remaining from the 2006 Capital Improvement Program for which the

2018 Bond Reauthorization is necessary are as follows:

1. New 8 Classroom Junior High Building Addition with Learning Resource Center

(LRC) and Physical Education locker rooms at Chet F. Harritt School replacing 6 portable classrooms - Net increase of 2 classrooms, 60 student capacity increase

2. New Learning Resource Center Building with Technology Lab at PRIDE Academy

3. New Learning Resource Center Building with Technology Lab at Sycamore

Canyon School

In order to complete these projects, the District is seeking voter approval to reauthorize the $15.37 million in authorized but unissued bonds from the November 2006 authorization. These funds would be combined with proceeds from two land sales - one completed and one in escrow - to complete the 3 remaining CIP projects.

This Resolution orders the bond election and directs various actions related to the election. The District's Financial Advisor and Bond Counsel will be present at the Board meeting to answer questions.

RECOMMENDATION:

It is recommended that the Board of Education adopt Resolution No. 1718-39 Ordering a

School Bond Election, and Authorizing Necessary Actions in Connection Therewith.

This recommendation supports the following District goals:

Learning Environment

0 Provide a safe, engaging environment that promotes creativity, innovation, and personalized learning.

Fiscal Accountability

0 Financially support the vision, mission, and goals of the District by maximizing resources, controlling expenses, and managing assets to ensure fiscal solvency and flexibility.

FISCAL IMPACT:

The fiscal impact will be $15.37 million in bond proceeds to combine with land sale proceeds for completion of 3 construction projects estimated to cost $24.1 million.

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT IMPACT:

This is a fiscal item. All fiscal resources impact student achievement.

Motion: Second: Vote: Agenda Item E.2.3.

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Agenda of August 7, 2018 (complete item)

Santee School District

BOARD OF EDUCATION Dustin Burns, Dianne El-Hajj, Ken Fox, Elana Levens-Craig, Barbara Ryan

DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT Kristin Baranski, Ed.D.

9625 Cuyamaca Street Santee, California 92071-2674 (619) 258-2300 www.santeesd.net

Douglas E. Giles

Educational Resource Center

9619 Cuyamaca Street

Santee, California

BOARD OF EDUCATION

REGULAR MEETING

AGENDA

August 7, 2018

E. DISCUSSION AND/OR ACTION ITEMS

Members of the audience wishing to address the Board about any of the following items should submit a request to speak card in advance.

Business Services

1.1. Bond Reauthorization Plan and Timeline

This is an information item. Action, if any, is at the discretion of the Board of Education.


Discussion and/or Action Item E.1.1. Bond Reauthorization Plan and Timeline

Prepared by Karl Christensen

August 7, 2018

BACKGROUND:

At the May 15, 2018 meeting, the Board of Education adopted a resolution to place a bond reauthorization measure on the November 6, 2018 ballot. There are numerous tasks and actions necessary to register the measure with the Registrar of Voters office and inform the public.

Administration will present a draft plan and timeline for the bond reauthorization and is seeking Board direction to further solidify the plan.

RECOMMENDATION:

This is an information item. Action, if any, is at the discretion of the Board of Education.

This recommendation supports the following District goals:

Learning Environment

  • 0 Provide a safe, engaging environment that promotes creativity, innovation, and personalized learning.

Fiscal Accountability

  • 0 Financially support the vision, mission, and goals of the District by maximizing resources, controlling expenses, and managing assets to ensure fiscal solvency and flexibility.

FISCAL IMPACT:

The fiscal impact is $15.4 million in potential bond proceeds for uncompleted Capital

Improvement Program projects.

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT IMPACT:

This is a fiscal item. All fiscal resources impact student achievement.

Motion: Second: Vote: Agenda Item E.1.1.

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Measure S Resolution

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RESOLUTION NO. 1718-39

RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION OF THE
SANTEE SCHOOL DISTRICT ORDERING A SCHOOL BOND
ELECTION, AND AUTHORIZING NECESSARY ACTIONS IN
CONNECTION THEREWITH

WHEREAS, on November 7, 2006, an election was duly called and regularly held within the boundaries of the Santee School District (the "District"), located in the County of San Diego (the "County"), on the proposition of authorizing the issuance of bonds of the District in the aggregate principal amount of $60,000,000 (the "Measure R Bonds"); and

WHEREAS, at least 55% of the votes cast on the proposition were in favor of issuing the Measure R Bonds; and

WHEREAS, the District has previously issued five series of Measure R Bonds, in the principal amounts of $18,000,000, $12,385,076.75, $2,869,039.35, $7,840,155.20 and $3,534,306.75, leaving $15,371,421 principal amount of Measure R Bonds which have been authorized but unissued by the District (the "Unissued Measure R Bonds"); and

WHEREAS, Section 15268 of the California Education Code (the "Education Code") requires that at the time of issuance of any series of Measure R Bonds, the District must project that the tax rate levied to pay debt service on such Measure R Bonds, together with debt service due on other series of Measure R Bonds which have previously been issued, will not exceed $30 per year per $100,000 of taxable property when projected by the District to increase in accordance with Article XIIIA of the California Constitution; and

WHEREAS, as a result of the general economic downturn commencing in 2008 and resulting declines in the assessed valuations of property in the District, the Board of Education (the "Board") of the District has determined that, due to the limitations imposed by Section 15268 of the Education Code, the District will not in the immediate future be able to make such tax rate projections and therefore will be prevented from issuing all of the Unissued Measure R Bonds; and

WHEREAS, since there is a need to continue the renovation and construction of District educational projects, the Board has determined to call an election to submit to the electors of the District the question whether a new issue of bonds of the District (the "Reauthorized Bonds"), in the aggregate principal amount of $15,370,000, shall be issued and sold for the purpose of raising money to complete educational projects for which the Measure R Bonds have been authorized and other projects as further described herein; and

WHEREAS, in order to ensure that the issuance of the Reauthorized Bonds will not result in an increase in the total District bonded indebtedness authorized pursuant to Measure R, the Board has determined it is in the best interest of the District to covenant that (a) prior to issuing any series of Reauthorized Bonds, the Board will take all actions which are required to 4161-4142-5683.3
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WHEREAS, the Board is authorized to order elections within the District and to designate the specifications thereof, pursuant to Sections 5304 and 5322 of the Education Code; 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 herein 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% vote of those voting on a proposition for the purposes herein specified, provided certain accountability requirements are included in the proposition, including (a) that the proceeds from the sale of the bonds be used only for the purposes specified in Article XIIIA, Section 1(b)(3) of the Constitution, and not for any other purpose, including teacher and administrator salaries and other school operating expenses, (b) that a list of the specific school facilities projects to be funded be included, which the school district board has certified that it has evaluated safety, class size reduction and information technology needs in developing, and (c) that performance and financial audits be required and there be 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 to approve the Reauthorized Bonds, which, if approved by 55% of the votes cast, would permit the District to issue the Reauthorized Bonds as provided herein; 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 6, 2018, a statewide general election is scheduled to be conducted throughout the District; and

WHEREAS, subsection (c) of Section 15100 of the Education Code provides that, before the governing board of a school district may order an election pursuant to Education Code Sections 15100 et seq., it shall obtain reasonable and informed projections of assessed property valuations that take into consideration projections of assessed property valuations made by the county assessor; and

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WHEREAS, although the County Assessor does not make projections of assessed property valuations beyond next succeeding tax year, the Board has been presented with projections of assessed property valuations of the property within the boundaries of the District in connection with developing the bond proposition that take into consideration, among other things, the long-term historical average growth rates of assessed property valuations of the property within the boundaries of the District and the Board finds those projections to be reasonable and informed; and

WHEREAS, the Board has determined that, based upon such projections of assessed property valuation, if approved by voters, the tax rate levied to meet the debt service requirements of the Reauthorized Bonds proposed to be issued will not exceed the maximum tax rate permitted by Section 15268 of the Education Code; and

WHEREAS, in order to maximize community benefit and efficiently apply taxpayer dollars, the District will make a good faith effort, where practical and economical, to incorporate joint use elements into the specific projects the District proposes to finance with proceeds of the Reauthorized Bonds with the goal of maximizing the use of facilities to the broader community without adversely impacting operations or finances; and

WHEREAS, in an effort to increase competition and maintain fairness among all potential contractors, reduce costs of construction, and efficiently apply taxpayer dollars, the Board, to the extent doing so is not prohibited by law (including the doctrines of legislative entrenchment and the single subject rule) and does not eliminate any eligibility for potential State or federal funding or financial assistance, as part of the bond proposition, desires to provide that the District will not build and maintain bond-financed facilities under a project labor agreement; and

WHEREAS, Section 9400 et seq. of the California Elections Code (the "Elections Code") requires that a tax information statement be contained in all official materials, including any voter information guide 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 or projects to be funded by the Reauthorized 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 for any phase thereof;

NOW, THEREFORE, be it resolved, determined and ordered by the Board of Education of the Santee School District as follows:

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

Section 2. Election.

  1. (a) Specifications of Election Order; Required Certification. Pursuant to Education Code Sections 5304, 5322, 15100 et seq, and 15266, and Section 18 of 4161-4142-5683.3
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  2. (b) Covenants with Respect to Reauthorized Bonds. The aggregate principal amount of all of the Measure R Bonds which are issued by the District, together with the aggregate principal amount of the Reauthorized Bonds which are issued by the District, shall not exceed $60,000,000, being the original authorized amount of the Measure R Bonds. To that end, the Board hereby covenants that (i) prior to issuing any series of Reauthorized Bonds, the Board will take all actions which are required to petition the Board of Supervisors of the County to cancel a like aggregate principal amount of Unissued Measure R Bonds, and (ii) under all circumstances, not to authorize the issuance of or issue any Unissued Measure R Bonds or Reauthorized Bonds if such issuance would cause the aggregate principal amount of all of the Measure R Bonds which are issued by the District, together with the aggregate principal amount of the Reauthorized Bonds which are issued by the District, to exceed $60,000,000.

Section 3. Conduct of Election.

  1. (a) Request to County Officers. Pursuant to Section 5303 of the Education Code, the Registrar of Voters of the County (the "Registrar of Voters") is required to, and is hereby requested to, take all steps to hold the election in accordance with law and these specifications.
  2. (b) Abbreviation of Proposition. Pursuant to Sections 13119 and 13247 of the Elections Code and Sections 5322 and 15122 of the Education Code, the Board hereby directs the Registrar of Voters to use the following abbreviation of the bond proposition on the ballot:
  3. "To construct, modernize, update and equip Santee elementary and junior high school classrooms and educational facilities, shall $15,370,000 of Santee School District bonds, approved by voters in 2006, be reauthorized as new bonds, with legal rates, projected average annual levies of $0.03 per $100 of assessed valuation for approximately eight years (an estimated $2.2 million raised annually), citizens' oversight, audits, no increase in total District debt, and all funds spent locally and not taken by the State?"

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  4. (c) Voter Pamphlet. The Registrar of Voters is 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 Registrar of Voters is hereby requested to print, immediately below the impartial analysis of the bond proposition, in no less than lO-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 San Diego County Registrar of Voters at (858) 694-3900 or the Santee School District at (619) 258-23 00, and a copy will be mailed at no cost to you. Measure _ is also available on the Internet at http://www.santeesd.net/.
  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 Registrar of Voters is 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 Santee 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 Registrar of Voters include the following statement in the ballot pamphlet, pursuant to Section 151225 of the Education Code:
  9. "Approval of Measure _ does not guarantee that the proposed project or projects in the Santee 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 may assume 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 6, 2018, and pursuant to Education Code Section 5342 and Part 3 (commencing with Section 10400) of Division 10 of the Elections Code, the Registrar of Voters and the Board of Supervisors of the County 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 4161-4142-5683.3
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  11. (g) Canvass of Results. The Board of Supervisors of the County 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 the voters of the District voting on the proposition.
  13. (i) Election Costs. The District shall pay all costs of the election approved by the Board of Supervisors of the County 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 10, 2018 (which date is not fewer than 88 days prior to the date set for the election), one copy of this Resolution to the Registrar of Voters, including the tax information 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 the County.

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 the Registrar of Voters a ballot argument in favor of the bond proposition, within the time established by the Registrar 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.

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

PASSED AND ADOPTED this day, May 15, 2018, by the following vote:

AYES:

NOES:

ABSTAIN:

ABSENT: APPROVED:

Dianne El-Hajj
President of the Board of Education of the Santee School District

Attest:

Dustin Burns
Clerk of the Board of Education of the Santee School District

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CLERK'S CERIFICATE

I, Dustin Burns, Clerk of the Board of Education of the Santee School District, County of San Diego, 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 May 15, 2018, 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 9625 Cuyamaca Street, Santee, 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.

WITNESS my hand this day of _____, _____ 2018.

Dustin Burns, Clerk of the Board of Education of the
Santee School District

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