RUHS RUN Boosters Support Measure C Bond

Posted on January 8, 2008 - Filed Under Uncategorized | 1 Comment

For IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
CONTACT: ileana@ileanainternational.com or
CALL: 310-316-0612

THE RUHS CROSS COUNTRY AND TRACK & FIELD PARENT BOOSTERS SUPPORTS AND ENCOURAGES REDONDO BEACH VOTERS TO PASS
THE REDONDO BEACH UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT – MEASURE C BOND
THIS COMING FEBRUARY 5, 2008 ELECTIONS

Parents of the RUHS Cross Country and Track & Field Parent Boosters Club recently got together for a photograph to support and encourage Redondo Beach voters to pass the Redondo Beach Unified School District-Measure C bond this February 5, 2008 elections. The proposed bond measure is a $145 million bond program intended to help the district repair, replace, update and improve classroom and school facilities including libraries and athletic fields.

The President of the RUHS Cross Country and Track Parent Boosters Club, Dave Dill stated that, “We encourage all voters to help us pass this bond. Not only will it help our students at Redondo Union High School but all of school-aged children. We support this bond and encourage all voters to help us pass this measure.”

Ileana Landon of Ileana International, a concerned parent of a Parras Middle School child and a Redondo Union High School student, adds “This community prides itself with our outstanding test scores and living a healthy lifestyle. Let’s demonstrate to our children that we care and that we want Redondo Unified School District to remain competitive so that our children can continue to have an outstanding educational experience in Redondo Beach. Vote YES for Measure C—The Redondo Beach Unified School District Bond.”

The RUHS CC and Track and Field Boosters Club is also supporting:
Citizens for Great Redondo Schools hosting phone banks and walking precincts to ensure this band passes.

• Anyone can help on any night or Election Day.
• The commitment for phone banking is for an hour and a half minimum.
• Phone bankers will be served pizza dinner.
• Movie coupons / Starbucks gift card drawings for each phone bank hour.
• Each time you phone bank, you are entered in to the big drawing for great prizes (An American Girl Doll, $100 Galleria Gift Card, etc.).

Phone banking will be held at the South Bay United Teachers office
3551 Voyager Street #105
Torrance, CA 90503

For information on how you can help, please call: (310) 316-0612

* The Precinct walking will be DROP AND DRIVE where you put a door hanger on a designated doorway. Helpers do not have to talk to anyone- just use the list provided to know which houses need a door hanger placed. EASY JOB!!!
* We need people to put labels and stamps on postcards for us.
* We need parents to walk the sidewalks outside of their schools on Election Day morning with home-made signs supporting the bond.


Measure C-THE REONDO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT BOND:

The proposed local school improvement measure on the February 5, 2008 ballot is 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.

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