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Citizen's Bond

FULL TEXT OF BOND MEASURE Q/B

BALLOT MEASURE Q in Humboldt, northwest Mendocino and western Trinity counties

BALLOT MEASURE B in Del Norte County

FULL TEXT OF MEASURE

CR JOB-TRAINING AND EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES MEASURE

To strengthen local job and vocational training programs, and increase academic classes for students with 2-year and 4-year college goals by:

  • Adding classrooms and tech labs ;
  • Renovating unsafe and deteriorating campus buildings;
  • Repairing, acquiring, constructing, furnishing and equipping college facilities;

Shall the Redwoods Community College District issue $40,320,000 of bonds, at legal rates, with tough accountability safeguards , including an independent Citizens Oversight Committee and annual audits with no money used for administrator salaries?

The following are the specific college facilities projects to be funded:

  1. Expand and renovate the Health Occupation Career Training Center by expanding classrooms, labs and other facilities needed for the training of dental hygienists
  2. Renovate and add science and technology labs used for career training, including police and fire science, and for students whose goal it is to transfer to a 4-year university
  3. Expand and renovate career training facilities in the Construction Trades industry
  4. Build, relocate, and renovate career training facilities in the Fine Woodworking industry
  5. Expand and renovate career training facilities in the Automotive industry
  6. Develop modern career training facilities in tourism and hospitality industries
  7. Upgrade and renovate computer labs used for career training
  8. Add classrooms to allow for more students to take the classes they need to transfer to a 4-year university
  9. Make seismic, safety and American with Disabilities Act upgrades and improvements
  10. Renovate and repair college buildings
  11. Add hi-tech infrastructure to increase the number of Distance Learning students

As required by the California Constitution, the proceeds from the sale of the bonds will be used only for the provision of college facilities by construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation or replacement of college facilities, including the furnishing and equipping of college facilities, or the acquiring or leasing of real property for college facilities, and not for any other purpose, including paying for teacher and administrator salaries and other school operating expenses. The proceeds of the bonds will be deposited to a Building Fund and the chief fiscal officer of the District will annually file a report with the Board of Trustees, which report shall contain information regarding the amount of funds collected and expended, as well as the status of the projects listed in the ballot measure.

The District's Board of Trustees has certified that it has evaluated safety, class size reduction and information technology needs in developing the foregoing list.

The District's Board of Trustees will conduct an annual, independent performance audit to ensure that the funds have been expended only on the project list set forth above.

The District's Board of Trustees will conduct an annual, independent financial audit of the proceeds from the sale of the Bonds until all of those proceeds have been expended for the college facilities projects.

Pursuant to Section 15772 of the Education Code, the District's Board of Trustees will appoint a citizens' oversight committee and conduct annual independent audits to assure that funds are spent only on school and classroom improvements and for no other purposes.

As required by Section 53410 of the Government Code, the following accountability measures are hereby made a part of the District's Bond Measure:

  1. The specific purpose of the bonds is to improve the quality of education by constructing and renovating college facilities.
  2. The proceeds from the sale of the District's bonds will be used only for the purposes specified in the Measure, and not for any other purpose;
  3. The proceeds of the Bonds will be deposited into a Building Fund to be held by the County Treasurer, as required by the California Education Code; and
  4. The chief fiscal officer of the District shall file an annual report with the Board of Trustees of the District, which report shall contain pertinent information regarding the amount of funds collected and expended, as well as the status of the projects listed in the Measure.