After the 2016 Middle School Bond failed by just 37 votes, the PLESD Board has once again put forth the Middle School for the June 2018 election. Please read the 2016 bond information below for the reasons why the Board has determined that this is an important bond. Here is the text of the bond language and the argument in favor.
Bond 75-word Statement:
Shall the measure, to design and build a middle school that provides necessary modern facilities for students including spaces for science, math, art, technology, music and sports, and no money for administrators’ salaries, authorize Plumas Lake Elementary School District to issue $20,000,000 in bonds, at legal rates, levy/collect on average $0.072/$100 of assessed value ($1,050,000 annually) while bonds are outstanding, with all funds used locally to construct a middle school, be adopted?
Ballot Argument In Favor of Measure G
Supporting the continued development of exceptional schools makes our community a desirable place to live. This creates demand for our homes, increases property values and our quality of life - making it a wise investment for everyone.
Voting YES on Measure G will fund a new Plumas Lake Elementary School District middle school dedicated to educating students in our community. The middle school will be designed with facilities to specifically support students in areas including science, math, sports, art, music and technology labs. It will ensure ALL students have equal access to modern instructional technology and learning tools.
YES on G will:
· Build classrooms and school facilities to prevent overcrowding and maintain small class sizes;
· Provide innovative middle school classrooms, labs and sports facilities;
· Provide facilities to prepare students for the rigors of high school, college and future careers;
· Create a dedicated middle school in a community that only has schools designed to serve as elementary schools.
Measure G includes Strict Fiscal Accountability:
· No funds can be used for administrators' salaries, benefits, or pensions;
· All funds will benefit our schools and remain under local control;
· These bonds will only be sold when student growth dictates the need.
Join our teachers, parents, elected officials and community leaders in voting yes on Measure G!
After many months of discussion and public meetings, on June 23, 2016, the PLESD Board voted (4-0) to place a bond measure on the November 2016 ballot. The bond would be used in conjunction with the Statewide Bond also on the November ballot and developer fees that are collected on new homes to build a Middle School on the site that was purchased in 2012 (see below).
The Board, keeping with its long-range plan for the District, voted to put forth the bond measure for several reasons:
1) The bond measure is written so that if the growth doesn’t increase and the new school is not needed then the Board can choose not to issue the bonds, costing the taxpayers nothing.
2) If housing permits continue to increase, which will drive higher enrollments we could need a new site in the next 3-5 years. This bond would allow the District to be ready for new construction.
3) Increased Building- Building permits have also begun to increase once again, with 70 permits being pulled during the 2015-16 school year as compared to 38 (2014-15), 21 (2013-14), and 5 (2012-13) the previous years. At this time only 2 builders are pulling permits but the District has seen an increased interest by multiple other builders. As a comparison, during the height of building in Plumas Lake between 300-400 permits were being pulled a year.
4) Our 3 current sites can currently hold between 1650-1750 students without adding any additional portables. This number depends on how many students we want in our classes. At this time we are trying to keep all K-3 classes at 24 or less and all 4-8 grade classes at 28 or less. The sites were designed as elementary schools. Riverside Meadows has done well putting together a middle school program on an elementary site but it has brought limitations.
5) Student Enrollment is once again growing. Currently we have 1270 students. Over the last three years we have seen enrollment grow by 182 students with 79 new students during the 2015-16 school year.
6) The Board and PLESD staff felt that it was important to align our bond with the Statewide bond that will be on the ballot in November. The thought is that a third of the middle school would be paid for by the Statewide Bond, a third by the builder fees that are already being collected through our mitigation agreements on every lot in Plumas Lake, and a third through this local bond.
The PLESD Board and District staff have been extremely diligent in providing the best educational system and facilities for the students of Plumas Lake at the same time being conservative with the tax payers money. PLESD leadership is extremely cognizant of the importance to get the most out of every dollar that is spent in our District.