Measure I1 Frequently Asked Questions
How are Pleasanton schools doing?
We have exceptional schools in Pleasanton Unified School District. Academically, our outstanding teachers and rigorous academic programs help to prepare our students to succeed in college and future careers. In fact, some of our schools have recently been honored as National Blue Ribbon Schools and California Gold Ribbon Schools. Families choose to move to our community specifically for our schools, which helps to keep property values strong.
On the other hand, our school facilities are getting older, need repairs, and need renovation. The last general obligation bond past in Pleasanton before Measure I1 is Measure B. That passed in 1997, approximately 20 years ago. Therefore, many of our buildings and infrastructure need to be upgraded to 21st century standards.
What is Measure I1?
Measure I1 is a local bond measure that local Pleasanton residents passed in November 2016, and directly supports Pleasanton schools. Measure I1 stays in our local schools and can only be used in the ways in which voters authorized. It will provide for safety improvements and modernizations to support a 21st-century education and to help address overcrowding in our classrooms. Specifically, Measure I1 will:
- Make necessary repairs to leaky roofs and address safety concerns
- Replace outdated portable classrooms with permanent classroom buildings
- Provide up-to-date science labs, science equipment and learning technology to prepare students for college and modern careers
- Build new classrooms
- Help address that the District meet current safety codes
How do we know that funds will be spent appropriately?
- The bond measure requires independent annual audits and an independent citizens’ oversight committee to ensure all funds are spent as approved by local voters
- No funds can be spent on teachers’ or administrators’ salaries
- All expenditures are a matter of public record, and any citizen can ask for a copy of expenditure reports.
Why was Measure I1 been placed on the ballot?
The Pleasanton Unified School District Board of Trustees placed Measure I1, a locally-controlled school bond measure, on the ballot in November 2016 to address facility needs facing our schools. Although we have outstanding academics, teachers, and students, our schools are aging. Our science labs and school facilities require updates and improvements to provide all District students modern, safe, and adequate facilities to support their instruction. Safety improvements are needed at our schools, including repairing leaky roofs and renovating bathrooms. Classroom space needs to be expanded to support programs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) classrooms in order to better prepare students for college and 21st-century careers. In addition, as more students attend our schools, more classrooms are needed to mitigate overcrowding.
How much will Measure I1 cost?
Measure I1 will provide $270 million to expand classroom space and make repairs to address safety concerns and student overcrowding. Measure I1 will cost approximately $49 per $100,000 of assessed, not market, value per year. All funds from Measure I1 will stay in our community and no funds can be taken away by the State.
What is the difference between assessed value and market value in determining the cost of the measure for a given home?
The cost of Measure I1 is based on assessed value, not market value, of a property. Assessed values the value the county uses to impose property taxes, and typically closer to the purchase price of the property (with annual adjustments).
How much does current district bond measures cost me annually as a homeowner?
Below is a sample of an annual tax bill, the tax rate for the PUSD bond is located under taxing agency – School Unified (in green on the sample). The rate is .000672. To determine the amount of your investment in pleasanton schools, multiply the tax rate for that service by the assessed “value” for your property (marked in green on sample) minus any exemptions.
On the sample provided, the Total Assessed Value is $407,925, which would be reduced by the Homeowner’s Exemption of $7000 to $400,925. The $407,925 is multiplied by .000672, resulting in an annual investment total of $269.41.
Can Measure I1 fund teacher and administrator salaries?
No. By law, funding from a local bond measure like Measure I1 can only support capital improvements to school facilities and classrooms. Funds cannot support classroom programs, teachers or staff salaries or pensions. It can pay for administrators working specifically on the bond program.
How long will Measure I1 be in place?
Most of the bonds issued will have a term of approximately 30 years. Short-term technology items will have the same term of the hardware being purchased.
Are teacher and student devices being purchased with Measure I1 funds?
Yes, student and teacher devices have been and will be purchased with Measure I1 funds. Approximately 600 devices for teacher have been purchased during the 2017-18 school year as part of the first Measure I1 bond issuance. During the next two years, we expect to purchase another 250 devices for teachers whose current devices are not yet in need of replacement. We expect to begin purchasing devices for students in the 2018-19 school year.
The table below illustrates the proposed funding timeline. Classroom technology and devices is noted below as series T-1, T-2, and T-3. These bonds will be fully paid back five years from issuance.
How is the independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee formed, and who selects the members?
By California law, a school district has 60 days from the passage of a measure to form the oversight committee. It must be made up of at least seven volunteer members who serve terms of two years each. Composition of the committee must include representatives from the business community, a senior organization and a taxpayer organization as well as parents with children in the District. In addition, no employee or vendor of the District can be a member of
the committee. The Board of Trustees approves the Oversight Committee.
If I am a senior citizen, can I get an exemption from Measure I1?
State law does not allow school districts to offer senior exemptions for bond measures. It does allow for exemptions for parcel taxes.
Is it only homeowners who pay the cost or do businesses pay as well?
The tax is levied on all taxable property within PUSD, including commercial, industrial and agricultural properties.
What about other sources of funding?
The State does not provide adequate funding for upgrading and improving our schools. The Administration and Board of Trustees have been diligent in pursuing all options for improving our schools.
What does the state bond measure, Proposition 51, mean for Pleasanton schools?
The state bond, Proposition 51, is based on new construction and modernization eligibility which is recalculated annually. The program is based on state and school district matching funds, 50/50 for new construction and 60/40 for modernization projects. In recent years, reimbursement from the state can take approximately 6-8 years from the date the application is approved.
Will Measure I1 help prevent overcrowding?
As more children attend our schools, classrooms are becoming overcrowded. Measure I1 will build new classrooms to support our growing student enrollment.
Topics/Issues Raised From Three (3) Community Meetings:
Will Sycamore Fund be used for tech in the future?
The interest from the Sycamore fund has been planned for future technology needs. Background on this item is also provided on the District’s website, under weekend reports to the Superintendent and Board of Trustees.
Is the community and board aware you are thinking of pushing enrollment over 900 students at Lydiksen?
On February 27, 2018, the Board approved an Elementary Educational Specification that has a determines our Elementary School capacity to be between 600-700 students. Lydiksen is currently being designed to that criteria. To proactively plan, in the case of an unanticipated emergency, we as also planning to reserve space for up to 8 future classrooms on the Lydiksen ES campus.
What is the plan for replacing portables at AVHS and FHS? New portables or new construction?
The anticipated plan is to remove the existing leased portable and install new permanent structures. The scope of work for replacing the leased portables at AVHS and FHS has not been finalized.
No plan for replacing AVHS gym? Don’t know about FHS needs for a gym.
Replacement and/or modernization of the AVHS and FHS Gymnasium is not an eligible project for Measure I1 bond funds. These projects would need to be placed on a Future Project List.
How much does the District hope to apply for from the state? Where would funds be spent if received?
The District expects to apply for the maximum funds eligible to receive at the time we submit each project. State matching fund eligibility for new construction and modernization are recalculated each year.
Currently, the estimated timeline for reimbursement from the state is 6-8 years. If and when funds are received, the Board would determine the best use for those funds at that time.
What is the plan going forward for deferred maintenance and upkeep of these upgrades once completed?
The plan going forward for deferred maintenance is to continue to allocate $700K/year for deferred maintenance projects. The Directors of Facilities and Operations will continue to work together to design future projects with products and materials that meet District standards and are durable, long-lasting, and easy to maintain.
Is anything not being addressed with bond dollars that will be handled with deferred maintenance?
Yes, several projects will be funded with deferred maintenance dollars. Those projects can be found on the District’s website. A few examples are painting, asphalt paving, and roofing that needs to be replaced immediately.
Do we need to upgrade internet security as we update the infrastructure? If so, cost? Source of funding?
Several technology upgrades are being planned. The actual costs are determined at the time of bidding. We currently lease our internet firewall from the Alameda County Office of Education, but are evaluating the feasibility of purchasing our own internet security appliances using Measure I1 funds.
Bathrooms at Amador gym, specifically cleanliness issues which go way beyond custodial efforts.
Upgrading of the AVHS Gym is not an eligible project in the Measure I1 project list. Cleanliness is a custodial matter, not a facility matter. We will address this through staffing.
Mohr site fencing
Site fending at Mohr Elementary School is included in the first bond issuance. We are currently in the Architect selection phase. This project will need to be reviewed by the Division of State Architect (DSA). The anticipated schedule is to install site fencing during the 2018-2019 school year.
Installation of smoke/vapor detectors in bathrooms (tamper-proof) and exterior repairs/painting of AVHS (gym in particular)
Amador gym, and vapor detectors and painting as a stand alone project are not eligible Measure I1 bond expenses.