Full text of Measure H




This proposition may be known and referred to as the Hughson Unifi ed School District General Obligation Bond of

2010, or Measure H


The Hughson Unifi ed School District (the “District), is a recognized leader in providing top quality education to Stanislaus

County students.

The achievements have been accrued by the District as a result of the long history of visionary leadership from the

Board of Trustees of the District (the “Board”), as well as from staff members, parents, and members of the District

communities. During its long history, the District has benefi ted from a community, which supports its educational

institutions by establishing high standards for academic achievement while at the same time providing the means

required to meet and even to surpass those expectations.

In order to provide our local students with the same classrooms and school facilities as other California school districts,

additional repairs and upgrades are necessary to ensure these buildings will remain functional for future generations.

The Board has prepared a facilities plan and identifi ed repairs, upgrades, and classroom and facility modernization

needs that are more than the District is able to fund from currently available sources or annual revenues

The District has sought, and continues to seek, all available outside sources of funding to improve our school buildings,

including local, state, and federal grants and state bond funds. Historically, the state requires that local school districts

provide local funds as a condition of receipt of state matching funds.

It is necessary to seek voter approval of a bond measure in order to provide the local funding for identifi ed school

facility repairs and modernization projects.


By approval of this proposition by at least 55 percent of the registered voters voting on the proposition, the District

shall be authorized to issue and sell bonds of up to $21,000,000 in aggregated principal at interest rates below the

legal limit, to provide fi nance for the specifi c school facilities projects listed in the Bond Project List attached hereto as

Exhibit A-1, subject to all the accountability requirements specifi ed below.


The Bond Project List attached to this resolution as Exhibit A-1 shall be considered a part of the ballot proposition and

shall be reproduced in any offi cial document required to contain the full statement of the bond proposition.

Approval of this Bond Measure (the "Measure") does not guarantee that the proposed project or projects in the District

that are the subject of bonds under the Measure will be funded beyond the local revenues generated by the Measure.

If state matching funds become available, they will be used for and applied to the Bond Project List as per Exhibit


The school district’s proposal for the project or projects may assume the receipt of matching state funds, which could

be subject to appropriation by the Legislature or approval of a statewide bond measure.


The provisions in this section are specifi cally included in this proposition in order that the voters and taxpayers in the

District may be assured that their money will be spent wisely to address specifi c facilities needs of the District all in

compliance with the requirements of Article XIIIA, Section 1(b)(3), of the State Constitution and the Strict Accountability

in Local School Construction Bonds Act of 2000 (codifi ed at Education Code Sections 15264 and following.)

Evaluation of Needs. The Board has prepared an updated facilities plan in order to evaluate and address all of the

facilities needs of the District. The Board hereby certifi es that it has evaluated safety, class size reduction, enrollment

growth, and information technology needs in developing the Bond Project List contained in Exhibit A-1.

Independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee. The Board shall establish an Independent Citizens’ Oversight

Committee pursuant to Education Code Section 15278 and following to ensure bond proceeds are expended only on

the school facilities projects listed in Exhibit A-1. The committee shall be established within 60 days of the date when

the results of the election appear in the minutes of the Board.

Performance Audits. The Board shall conduct an annual, independent performance audit to ensure that the bond

proceeds have been expanded only on the school facilities projects listed in Exhibit A-1.

Financial Audits. The Board shall conduct an annual, independent fi nancial audit of the bond proceeds until all of

those proceeds have been spent for the school facilities projects listed in Exhibit A-1.

Special Bond Proceeds Account: Annual Report to Board. Upon approval of this proposition and the sale of any

bonds approved, the Board shall take actions necessary to establish an account in which proceeds of the sale of

bonds will be deposited. As long as any proceeds of the bonds remain unexpended, the Superintendent of the District

shall cause a report to be fi led with the Board annually stating (1) the amount of bond proceeds received and expended

in that year, and (2) the status of any project funded or to be funded from bond proceeds. The report may relate to

the calendar year, fi scal year, or other appropriate annual period as the Superintendent shall determine and may be

incorporated in the annual budget, audit, or another appropriate routine report to the Board.


No Administrator Salaries. Proceeds from the sale of bonds authorized by this proposition shall be used only for the

construction, reconstruction and/or rehabilitation of school facilities including the furnishing and equipping of school

facilities or acquisition or lease of real property for school facilities and construction and bond program management

by district personnel, and not for any other purpose, including teacher and administrator salaries and other school

operating expenses.

The proceeds of the bonds will be deposited into a Building Fund to be held by the Stanislaus County Treasurer, as

required by the California Education Code.



Bond proceeds will be expended to modernize, replace, renovate, expand, construct, acquire, equip, furnish and

otherwise improve the classrooms and school facilities of the District, including those located at the following


Hughson High School Dickens High School

Emilie J. Ross Middle School Fox Road Elementary School

Hughson Elementary School

The specifi c school facilities projects to be funded include, but shall not be limited to:

Modernize and renovate classrooms and school facilities,including the aging agriculture (Ag) shops and gymnasium

at Hughson High School

Construct a new science building and dining canopy at Hughson High School

Improve and expand athletic facilities and fi elds at Hughson High School for school and community use, including

site expansions and a softball complex

Upgrade the stadium at Hughson High School, including an all weather track and synthetic turf fi eld to reduce

operating costs

Construct a multi-purpose building for use by Ross Middle School and Fox Road Elementary School, including a

lobby, restrooms and a music classroom.

Modernization and Miscellaneous Projects at School Sites

Replace inadequate wiring and electrical systems to meet current electrical and accessibility codes, increase

capacity, and relieve currently overloaded electrical systems.

Repair or replace old windows

Install additional and/or replace outdated heating, ventilation, air conditioning systems, and lighting systems,

where possible to be more energy effi cient.

Repair or replace roofs, doors, walls, fl oors, and ceilings.

Renovate, repair, and/or upgrade the interior and/or exterior of existing classrooms and school facilities throughout

the District, including hardware, infrastructure and landscaping improvements.

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Replace existing wiring systems to meet current electrical and accessibility codes and increased capacity, including

replacing raceways.

Additional electrical service capacity to relieve currently overloaded electrical systems.

Make health and safety improvements, including abatement and removal of hazardous materials identifi ed prior or

during construction.

Upgrade outdated restrooms.

Repair or replace existing plumbing, sewer and drainage systems.

Address unforeseen conditions revealed by construction/modernization (such as plumbing or gas line breaks, dry

rot, seismic, structural, etc.).

Other improvements required to comply with existing building codes, including the Field Act, and access

requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Necessary site acquisition and preparation/restoration in connection with new construction, renovation or

remodeling, or installation or removal of relocatable classrooms, including ingress and egress, removing, replacing,

or installing irrigation, utility lines (such as gas lines, water lines, electrical lines, sewer lines, and communication

lines), trees and landscaping, relocating fi re access roads, and acquiring any necessary easements, licenses, or

rights of way to the property.

Rental or construction of storage facilities and other space on an interim basis, as needed to accommodate

construction materials, equipment, and personnel, and interim classrooms (including relocatables) for students

and school functions or other storage for classroom materials displaced during construction.

Acquisition of any of the facilities on the Bond Project List through temporary lease or lease-purchase arrangements,

or execute purchase option under leases for any of these authorized facilities.

For any project involving rehabilitation or renovation of a building or the major portion of a building, the District

shall be authorized to proceed with new replacement construction instead, if the Board of Trustees determines that

replacement and new construction is more economically practical than rehabilitation and renovation, considering

the building's age, condition, expected remaining life, and other relevant factors.

All work necessary and incidental to specifi c projects described above, including demolition of existing