About the Bond (Measure G)
On November 8, 2011, the voters of the Newark Unified School District authorized Measure G under the Proposition 39 statutes. Measure G authorized the issuance of $63 million in General Obligation Bonds.
The proceeds of the Bonds are to be used to update aging classrooms, libraries, and science labs to meet earthquake/fire/safety standards; improve access for students with disabilities; remove asbestos, lead and hazardous materials; and improve energy/operational efficiency to maximize funding for instructional programs.
Measure G – General Obligation Bonds
- Series A, Issued 7/30/2012: $15,000,000
- Series B, Issued 6/19/2014: $30,000,000
- Series C, Issued 7/13/2016: $18,000,000
Total Authorization $63,000,000
The summarized text of the ballot language of Measure G was as follows:
“To preserve quality education, provide safe and modern schools, and qualify for matching funds, shall Newark Unified School District update aging classrooms, libraries, and science labs to meet earthquake/fire/safety standards; improve access for students with disabilities; remove asbestos, lead and hazardous materials; and improve energy/operational efficiency to maximize funding for instructional programs; by issuing $63 million in bonds at legal rates, with independent oversight, no money for administrators’ salaries, and all funds staying in Newark.”
At the October 30, 2012 Board of Education meeting, Vanir Construction was approved as the construction management firm for Bond projects.
FULL TEXT OF MEASURE G:
Student achievement in Newark schools is on the rise. Test scores in Newark have consistently increased over the last five years.
However, most local schools are over 40 years old, and some are close to 50 years old. School buildings throughout Newark do not meet current earthquake and safety standards. Many classrooms are not accessible for students with disabilities. Some classrooms contain, asbestos, lead and other hazardous materials. Roofs leak, heating and electrical systems are outdated and aging plumbing needs to be replaced. High school science labs are overcrowded and outdated. Schools are not energy efficient, which increases our utility costs and takes money away from instructional programs.
Upgraded classrooms, libraries and science labs are needed to provide a safe and modern learning environment for students.
If approved, the Newark Quality Education and Safe Classrooms Measure will provide local funding that cannot be taken away by the State to complete the highest priority projects that impact student safety, quality instruction and operational efficiency.
To protect student safety, Measure G will:
- Remove asbestos, lead and other hazardous materials are removed from school sites
- Update classrooms, libraries, science labs other school facilities to meet current earthquake, fire and safety standards for students
- Improve security systems, fire alarms, fencing and exterior lights for student and teacher safety in an emergency
To provide a learning environment that supports outstanding student achievement, Measure G will:
- Update classrooms to provide access for students with disabilities
- Upgrade school libraries to accommodate computers and book collections for students
- Modernize science labs, classroom computers teaching tools and technology to prepare students for 21st century jobs
- Replace outdated electrical systems and wiring to accommodate modern technology
To reduce costs, improve efficiency and maximize available funding for classroom teachers and instructional programs, Measure G will:
- Improve energy efficiency to reduce utility costs by an estimated half-million dollars per year
- Replace outdated heating, ventilation and other mechanical systems that often break and are expensive to repair
Measure G requires mandatory fiscal accountability, including:
- Every penny from this measure must stay in Newark to benefit local schools
- No funds can be taken away by Sacramento.
- No funds can be used for administrator salaries or administration
- An independent citizens’ oversight committee will review the use of funds to ensure they are spent properly
- Annual performance and financial audits are required
The Newark Quality Education and Safe Classrooms Measure is designed to provide the best possible education for Newark students and to benefit the entire Newark community. Good schools make our neighborhoods more desirable, which protects the value of our homes. This measure will create local construction jobs, boost economic activity in the area and protect jobs for local teachers and staff.
Every school within the Newark Unified School District will receive funding from Measure G, the Newark Quality Education and Safe Classrooms Measure. Bond funds, in conjunction with State matching funds as may become available, will be used to make necessary repairs and upgrades to existing school campuses, as well as replace old portable classrooms and buildings, and upgrade the technology infrastructure to support student learning. The campuses and support facilities listed below will receive the following repair, upgrade and construction projects as necessary:
Bunker Elementary School
Graham Elementary School
Kennedy Elementary School
Lincoln Elementary School
Milani Elementary School
Musick Elementary School
Schilling Elementary School
Snow Elementary School
Newark Junior High School
Newark Memorial High School
Macgregor Alternative School
- Complete health and safety improvements required to comply with current student safety standards and codes, including removing hazardous materials such as asbestos and lead, completing seismic safety upgrades to make facilities earthquake safe, improving electrical systems and fire safety, upgrading communication and security systems, providing lighting for safety, repairing cracked and uneven pavement and stairs, and improving safety in school parking areas
- Provide access to classrooms, science labs, restrooms and other school facilities for students with disabilities
- Improve student access to classroom computers and modern technology by upgrading electrical and technology infrastructure and distribution
- Complete repairs, renovations and upgrades to school sites including replacing outdated electrical systems, sewer, water, gas, paving, walkways, fencing, landscaping and drainage systems
- Complete major upgrades and renovations to building exteriors and interiors, such as walls, painting, lighting, roofing, floor coverings, doors, windows and hardware
- Upgrade science labs to support instructional programs and provide advanced courses now required by colleges and universities for admission
- Provide facilities and equipment necessary to effectively implement career and technical programs so students can compete for today’s in-demand jobs
- Update and improve building systems including heating, ventilation and plumbing systems to reduce energy consumptions and school utility costs
- Evaluate and implement energy generation, management and conservation systems to improve environmental sustainability and effectively reduce ongoing energy and utility costs incurred by the District
- Construct, furnish and equip new classrooms to replace outdated/aging portable classrooms
- Renovate, expand, and construct student support facilities throughout the District as needed
- Acquire and install instructional, maintenance, and operational equipment including but not limited to: desks, computers, printers/reprographic equipment, computer stations, smart boards, whiteboards, tack boards; science, art, and instrumental program equipment; window coverings, cafeteria tables, and maintenance equipment to the extent permitted by law
- Upgrade and replace as necessary outdoor play equipment, protective play surfaces, and fields as needed to meet new safety standards and keep our children healthy
- Provide adequate shade structures and lunch shelters to protect students
- Expand and upgrade multi-purpose rooms, cafeterias and kitchen areas as needed to efficiently prepare food and serve students in a safe and sanitary environment
- Refinance or retire existing debts and leases in order to secure more favorable terms for taxpayers and/or free up funding for classroom instruction
Priority of Projects
The listed projects will be prioritized and completed as needed with the following projects being prioritized first: projects dealing with safety and security for students, teachers and school staff; items with immediate impact on classrooms and instruction; items which protect the structural integrity of our schools protect taxpayer investments in these community assets; projects that maximize additional funding resources or that generate ongoing funding or expense reduction.
Each project is assumed to include its share of furniture, equipment, architectural, engineering, and similar planning costs, program/project management, staff training expenses and a customary contingency for unforeseen design and construction costs. In addition to the listed projects stated above, the Project List also includes the acquisition of a variety of instructional, maintenance and operational equipment, including the reduction or retirement of outstanding lease obligations and interim funding incurred to advance fund projects from the Project List; installation of signage and fencing; payment of the costs of preparation of all facility planning, facility studies, assessment reviews, facility master plan preparation and updates, environmental studies (including environmental investigation, remediation and monitoring), design and construction documentation, and temporary housing of dislocated District activities caused by construction projects. In addition to the projects listed above, the repair and renovation of each of the existing school facilities may include, but not be limited to, some or all of the following: renovation of student and staff restrooms; repair and replacement of heating and ventilation systems; upgrade of facilities for energy efficiencies; repair and replacement of worn-out and leaky roofs, windows, walls, doors and drinking fountains; installation of wiring and electrical systems to safely accommodate computers, technology and other electrical devices and needs; upgrades or construction of support facilities, including administrative, physical education and performing arts buildings and maintenance yards; repair and replacement of fire alarms, emergency communications and security systems; resurfacing or replacing of hard courts, turf and irrigation systems and campus landscaping; expand parking; install interior and exterior painting and floor covering; demolition; and construction of various forms of storage and support spaces, upgrade classrooms, repair, upgrade and install interior and exterior lighting systems; replace outdated security fences and security systems. The upgrading of technology infrastructure includes, but is not limited to, computers, LCD projectors, portable interface devices, servers, switches, routers, modules, sound projection systems, laser printers, digital white boards, document projectors, upgrade voice-over-IP, call manager and network security/firewall, wireless technology systems and other miscellaneous equipment and software.
The allocation of bond proceeds will be affected by the District’s receipt of State matching funds and the final costs of each project. In the absence of State matching funds, which the District will aggressively pursue to reduce the District’s share of the costs of the projects, the District will not be able to complete some of the projects listed above. The budget for each project is an estimate and may be affected by factors beyond the District’s control. Some projects throughout the District, such as gyms, fields and performing arts facilities, may be undertaken as joint use projects in cooperation with other local public or non-profit agencies.
The final cost of each project will be determined as plans and construction documents are finalized, construction bids are received, construction contracts are awarded and projects are completed. Based on the final costs of each project, certain of the projects described above may be delayed or may not be completed. Demolition of existing facilities and reconstruction of facilities scheduled for repair and upgrade may occur, if the Board determines that such an approach would be more cost-effective in creating more enhanced and operationally efficient campuses. Necessary site preparation/restoration may occur in connection with new construction, renovation or remodeling, or installation or removal of relocatable classrooms, including ingress and egress, removing, replacing, or installing irrigation, utility lines, trees and landscaping, relocating fire access roads, and acquiring any necessary easements, licenses, or rights of way to the property. Proceeds of the bonds may be used to pay or reimburse the District for the cost of District staff when performing work on or necessary and incidental to bond projects. Bond proceeds shall only be expended for the specific purposes identified herein. The District shall create an account into which proceeds of the bonds shall be deposited and comply with the reporting requirements of Government Code § 53410.
The provisions in this section are specifically included in this measure in order that the voters and taxpayers in the District may be assured that their money will be spent wisely. Expenditures to address specific facilities needs of the District will be in compliance with the requirements of Article XIIIA, Section 1(b)(3), of the State Constitution and the Strict Accountability in Local School Construction Bonds Act of 2000 (codified at Education Code Sections 15264 and following.)
Evaluation of Needs. The Board has identified detailed facilities needs of the District and has determined which projects to finance from a local bond at this time. The Board hereby certifies that it has evaluated safety, class size reduction, enrollment growth, and information technology needs in developing the Bond Project List.
Independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee. The Board shall establish an Independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee under Education Code Section 15278 and following to ensure bond proceeds are expended only on the school facilities projects listed below. The committee will be established within 60 days of the date when the results of the election appear in the minutes of the Board.
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 below. 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 below.
Special Bond Proceeds Account: Annual Report to Board. Upon approval of this measure 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 annually, stating (1) the amount of bond proceeds received and expended in that year, and (2) 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 shall determine and may be incorporated in the annual budget, audit, or another appropriate routine report to the Board.
No Administrator Salaries. Proceeds from the sale of bonds authorized by this measure shall be used only for the construction, reconstruction and/or rehabilitation of school facilities including the furnishing and equipping of school facilities or acquisition or lease of real property for school facilities and not for any other purpose, including administrator salaries.
Click on Measure G Bond Program Flowchart to view a flowchart that shows the Measure G bond program process.