About Measure C
REDONDO BEACH UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT - MEASURE C BOND DISTRICT FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
On the February 5, 2008 election the citizens of Redondo Beach passed a $145 million general obligation (G.O.) bond program that will provide funding for classroom and school facility improvements throughout the Redondo Beach Unified School District. The following information is provided to assist voters in understanding the facts behind the school improvement measure and how its passage will affect the District and the community.
• Why is a school improvement measure needed? Although the District has upgraded and modernized nearly all classrooms in the District, a new bond is needed to complete upgrades to our 100+ year old High School and student support facilities like libraries, science and computer labs, cafeterias and athletics facilities, as well as multipurpose rooms at the other K-8 schools. These facilities are outdated and inadequate, and in some instances overcrowded, for today’s students. Improving our schools will help the District to provide a comparable learning environment to neighboring districts. In fact, most neighboring districts including Manhattan Beach, Palos Verdes Peninsula, El Segundo, Wiseburn, and Hawthorne have all passed a second or even third bond to continue improving their schools.
• What is the proposed school improvement measure? The proposed measure is a $145 million general obligation bond program intended to help the District repair, replace,update and improve classrooms and school facilities throughout the District. This includes making health and safety improvements, building additional computer labs, and improving student support facilities at the high school, including the library, science labs, and athletic facilities. Improved schools will give Redondo Beach students the best chance for success as well as improve the quality of our community.
• What is a general obligation bond? G.O. bonds fund projects such as the renovation of existing classrooms and school facilities, as well as construction of new schools and classrooms. Similar to a home loan, G.O. bonds are typically repaid over 30 years. The loan repayment comes from a tax on all taxable property - residential, commercial, industrial, and agricultural - located in the District.
• Why can’t the District meet its facilities needs with its current budget? Although the District has completed a series of remodeling and updating projects, many improvements are still necessary. Today, the scope of improvements needed at Redondo Beach Unified School District is more than the current funding sources available.
• How did the District come up with the project list for the proposed measure? Over the past twelve months, the District conducted approximately 50 meetings in conjunction with the District’s architects obtaining input from staff, regarding the schools’ facilities needs. A written Facilities Needs Assessment was prepared outlining the facility needs at each site. The projects identified include modernization and new construction projects, health and safety improvements, and upgrades to technology throughout the District.
• What will passage of a school improvement measure mean for our students and the community? The proposed measure will make repairs and upgrades to classrooms throughout the District and improvements to school facilities used by the community such as the libraries, playgrounds, and athletic fields.
• What is the estimated cost to District homeowners? The average tax rate per property owner is estimated to be $29.82 per $100,000 of assessed valuation per year. (Do not confuse assessed valuation with market value. Assessed valuations are typically lower than market values). Check your property tax statement for your current assessed valuation.
• Has the District ever passed a school improvement bond measure? Measure E, a $52.0 million bond was approved in November of 2000. Measure E received 75.2% support from voters in the District. In addition, the approval of the measure qualified the District to eligible for up to $19.0 million in State matching funds to help pay for upgrades and improvements to classrooms and school facilities throughout the District. Measure E funds were used to upgrade and modernize nearly all classrooms in the District. In order for the District to take the next step to continue providing adequate classrooms and school facilities, and to complete all of the necessary repairs and upgrades, a local school improvement bond measure is needed.