Voters Will be Asked to Fund New School Bond Proposed by NLMUSD E-mail
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Sunday, 27 July 2014 13:17

Norwalk~Voters in La Mirada and Norwalk will have a chance on November 4th to decide the fate of a $375 million bond that will upgrade all district schools, after the Norwalk-La Mirada board approved  the issue by a 6-0 vote this past Monday.

Member Ana Valencia was absent reportedly due to illness.

The measure, which would need a 55 percent voter approval rate, calls for the repair of “classrooms, leaky roofs, school security upgrading, fencing, fire safety, science, math and computer lab technology, and physical education and athletic facilities and also calls for the removal of asbestos and the repair of educational facilities to improve education at every school.”

In addition, the ballot measure, which – if passed by voters – will go toward building a “new performing arts center, infrastructure to support technology, performing various renovations and modernizations to all district sites and providing electronic devices for all classrooms.”

Proposals for new football stadiums at Norwalk and Glenn High ($44 million each) are included, along with $9 million earmarked for Goodman Stadium improvements at La Mirada High.

“The District has been diligent in asking for and receiving input regarding this prospective bond measure, and what our stakeholders expect from it,” said NLMUSD Superintendent Dr. Ruth Pérez.

“All funds are earmarked for classroom and school improvements as we continue with our mission to ensure Norwalk-La Mirada students are accomplished 21st century learners and are successful in college and their prospective careers.”

The district says a recent survey of more than 400 likely voters found that 67 percent would vote yes on the proposed Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District Classroom Repair and School Safety Measure. 

Nearly eight out of 10 prospective voters, or about 78 percent, said they believe the District has a need for additional funding and recognize the challenges it faces.

For the next 52 years, if the bond is passed, property owners would pay an additional $60 per $100,000 valuation, a $180 increase a year in property taxes for a home valued at $300,000.

Perez has said recently that the last bond issue, approved by voters in 2002, has been exhausted.

That bond was used to install air conditioning in classrooms and dollars did not reach every campus and most school offices, gymnasiums and cafeterias were not included.

In a recent release, the district says that among the top features of the 2014 measure considered by respondents to be extremely or very important include:

-Preparing students for 21st century jobs

-Updating science, math and computer technology

-Improving education at every school in Norwalk and La Mirada

-Repairing classrooms and leaky roofs

 
 

 

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