BOND PROCESS UPDATE
Lemoore Union Elementary School District seeks members for School Bond Oversight Committee
With the recent passage of Measure D, the Lemoore Union Elementary School District is seeking qualified members of the community to serve on a Citizens Bond Oversight Committee to monitor how the district spends the $26 million expected from the sale of bonds over the next several years. Measure D provides that any funds raised be used for repairs, upgrades, and new construction projects at the District’s schools. The Citizens Bond Oversight Committee will be responsible for reviewing district expenditures to make sure bond funds are only used for projects specified in the voter-approved measure. In addition, the committee will keep the public informed about how the funds are being spent and will present an annual report to the district board on bond fund spending. The oversight committee is required by law to include at least seven members appointed by the school board from a list of candidates who are at least 18 and have submitted written applications. The committee must include:
- One parent or guardian of a child enrolled in the District;
- One member who is both a parent or guardian of a child enrolled in the District and active in a parent teacher organization, such as the P.T.A. or a school site council;
- One member who is active in a business organization representing the business community in the District;
- One member who is active in a senior citizens’ organization;
- One member who is active in a bona-fide taxpayers association;
- Two members representing the community at large.
Each member serves without compensation for a term of one to two years, and no member may serve more than three consecutive terms. The committee meets up to four times a year. Anyone interested should complete:
Completed applications must be sent or dropped off at the Lemoore Union Elementary School District, 1200 West Cinnamon, Lemoore CA 93245 or emailed to email@example.com by 4:00 pm on February 1, 2019.
About the Bond- The Board has discussed facilities needs and anticipated enrollment growth in a series of community forums and Board workshops. Those conversations, in addition to the priorities of Lemoore residents that participated in the telephone poll surveys, have assisted the Board and District staff to establish the areas of focus that bond-funded projects would include:
* Construct a new elementary school to reduce student overcrowding
* Replace outdated heating, ventilation, air conditioning systems, and lighting systems to be more energy efficient
* Renovate, repair, the interior and/or exterior of existing outdated classrooms, restrooms, library/media centers and school facilities
As part of the plan to meet the capacity needs of our growing school populations, the District will take these innovative, bold steps to support staff and students at all learning levels.
Survey Results – Isom Advisors conducted a live telephone survey with the Lemoore community, as requested by the District at the May 8, 2018 Board meeting. This was requested so that the Board and District leadership could receive input from voters related to their support of the districts need to address several facilities needs as identified as part of the Facilities Master Plan completed during the 2017/18 School year. The Board received the detailed findings of the General Obligation Bond Survey at the Board meeting on June 19, 2018. Responses received from those that participated in the survey, assisted the Board in identifying positive support for a school bond being placed on the November 2018 ballot.
Bond Measure Approved - During the first 2018/2019 regular monthly Board meeting for the Board of Trustees, on July 17, 2018, the Board unanimously (5-0) voted to approve a bond measure for the Lemoore Union Elementary School District to be on the November 6, 2018 ballot. The elections office has accepted our bond submission and we have been assigned Measure D for the 2018 election ballot.