Frequently Asked Questions
Although it appears that Guerneville Elementary School is in good shape based on achievements by our students, our classrooms need significant repairs. Faced with aging classrooms and the need to bring school facilities up to current standards, the Guerneville School District is placing Measure F on the upcoming June 2012 ballot that would modernize and renovate our aging elementary school.
The following information is provided to assist voters in understanding the facts behind Measure F and how its passage will affect the District and our community.
What is Measure F? Measure F is a $6 million general obligation (G.O.) bond program. This measure is intended to address the needs of the student population through modernization and renovation projects at Guerneville School.
What is a general obligation (G.O.) 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 25 to 30 years. The loan repayment comes from a tax on all taxable property - residential, commercial, agricultural and industrial - located within the District's boundaries.
Why is the District placing Measure F on the ballot? Guerneville School is outdated and major upgrades and renovations need to be made. While facilities have been well maintained, 30-50 year-old classrooms must be upgraded since many do not meet 21st century education and technology standards. A local school improvement measure will allow the District to improve the quality of the school facilities and education provided to local children.
Why can't the District meet its facilities needs with its current budget? Today, the scope of improvements needed in the Guerneville School District are far more than the current funding sources available. The per pupil funding which the District receives from the state is intended to be used for the day-to-day business of educating children and not the cost of upgrading, modernizing, and repairing facilities.
How did the District come up with the project list for the Measure F? Over the last several months with input from staff, teachers, parents, community leaders, and the District architect, the District has perpared a School Facilities Needs Analysis. The analysis identifies the major repairs and upgrades that need to be made.
Examples of the specific types of projects identified include:
What will the passage of Measure F mean for our students and the community? Measure F will provide our students with a better learning environment by making repairs and upgrades to existing classrooms and school facilities; many of which are also used and available to the community such as the library and playing fields.
What will happen if Measure F does not pass? IF Measure F does not pass, our classrooms and school facilities will continue to deteriorate. In addition, funds that would otherwise go to classroom instruction will be needed to make critical safety repairs and improvements at the school. Major repairs will need to be postponed and as a result will be more expensive to make.
What will Measure F cost? The tax rate per property owner is estimated to be $30 per $100,000 of assessed valuation per year or approximately $5.00 a month for the average homeowner. (Do not confuse assessed valuation with market value. Assessed valuations are the value placed on property by the County and are almost always lower than market values). Check your property tax statement for your current assessed valuation.
How can I be sure Measure F funds will be spent on improving our local school? By law, all bond funds have to be spent locally and cannot be taken by the state. Furthermore, an independent citizens' oversight committee will be established to ensure that bond funds are properly spent. Also, by law, there must be annual audits and no bond money can be used for teacher or administrative salaries.