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CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM NO. 14



Meeting Date: February 25, 2003

Subject/Title: Approve a Resolution supporting Brentwood Elementary School District Measure B scheduled for the Special Election of Tuesday, March 4, 2003.

Submitted by: John Stevenson, City Manager

Approved by: John Stevenson, City Manager


RECOMMENDATION
Approve a Resolution supporting Brentwood Elementary School District Measure B scheduled for the Special Election of Tuesday, March 4, 2003.


PREVIOUS ACTION
None


BACKGROUND
On Tuesday, March 4, 2003, the voters in the Brentwood Elementary School District will be asked to consider Measure B. If approved Measure B will extend existing school bonds and provide the District with $35 million to build new schools and renovate the older schools so that they can serve student needs as well as the District’s newest schools. 

Doug Adams, Superintendent of the Brentwood Unified School District requested the City draft a Resolution supporting Measure B. In the past, the City of Brentwood has supported similar measures proposed by various legislative bodies.


FISCAL IMPACT
None


Attachments:
• Resolution


RESOLUTION NO.

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BRENTWOOD SUPPORTING BRENTWOOD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT MEASURE B ON TUESDAY MARCH 4, 2003.

WHEREAS, Measure B will extend existing school bonds and provide the District with $35 million to build new schools and renovate the older schools so that they can serve student needs as well as the District’s newest schools.

WHEREAS, Measure B funds will:

• Build new classrooms and schools to prevent overcrowding.
• Renovate and improve older schools so that no school is left behind.
• Upgrade fire alarms and improve school safety and security systems.
• Provide additional local funds to enable the District to receive more state matching funds for new construction

WHEREAS, Measure B will help to prevent overcrowding at local elementary and middle schools. District enrollment has increased by 40% over the past five years and will continue to increase over the next five years. Building new classrooms and schools will allow the District to continue to serve neighborhoods and minimize the distance students travel each day to get to school. 

WHEREAS, Measure B funds will be used to make sure all schools in the District have adequate classroom space. In addition, the older schools in the District need to be renovated and fire, safety and security systems need to be improved. Measure B also provides funds to improve student access to computers and technology.

WHEREAS, Measure B will provide local funds to enable the District to receive more state matching funds for new construction. By combining state and local bond funds with developer fees, the Brentwood School District has been able to provide adequate classroom space for local students. School bonds passed in 1989 and extended in 1997 have provided funds to keep up with the increased enrollment in District schools. Only by extending existing school bonds at the same tax rate approved by voters in 1997 can the District continue to build new schools.

WHEREAS, Construction costs cannot be paid for by lottery funds. State law (Government Code Section 8880.5) forbids the use of lottery funds for school construction.

WHEREAS, Measure B funds cannot be used for administrator or teacher salaries. All of the funds generated by extending the bonds will pay for school construction and renovation projects.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED That the City Council of the City of Brentwood Support Brentwood Elementary School District Measure B on Tuesday March 4, 2003.

PASSED, APPROVED AND ADOPTED by the City Council of the City of Brentwood at a regular meeting held on February 25, 2003 by the following vote:

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