FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is Measure G?
Measure G provides the locally-controlled funding neeeded to repair and upgrade Brea Olinda Unified School District (BOUSD) schools and provide safe and modern school campuses, classrooms and labs for Brea students.
Why do we need Measure G?
Brea’s oldest schools are 100 years old. Many of our schools were built decades ago, requiring upgrades to meet modern educational standards and urgent repairs for student safety.
community. Improving Brea schools, strengthens our home values by increasing demand, and improves the quality of life for Breans.
How will Measure G improve Brea schools?
Measure G will:
Modernize outdated classrooms, labs and career training facilities
Improve access to technology and modern educational tools
Make critical health, safety, and security upgrades, including improvements to student drop-off and pick-up areas
Repair deteriorating roofs, plumbing and sewer systems
Replace outdated electrical, heating and ventilation systems
Can the State take away funds from Measure G?
How can I be sure that Measure G will be spent properly?
Will all funds benefit Brea schools?
Does Measure G meet the standards of any taxpayer advocacy groups?
How much will Measure G cost?
What is the difference between assessed value and market value when it comes to the cost of Measure G?
How will the Citizens’ Oversight Committee be formed?
At least one member who is active in an organization representing the business community located within Brea
At least one member who is active in a senior citizens’ organization
At least one member who is active in a bona fide Orange County countywide taxpayer association and who must be approved by the Orange County Taxpayers Association
At least one member who is a parent of a child in Brea schools
At least one member who is both a parent of a child in Brea schools and active in a parent-teacher organization (school site council or PTA)
What are the Citizens’ Oversight Committee’s responsibilities?
Inspect facilities and grounds to ensure Measure G proceeds are expended in compliance with applicable law
Receive and review copies of all deferred maintenance proposals or plans developed related to Measure G funded projects\
Receive quarterly project updates, including project plan changes
Review efforts to maximize Measure G revenues by implementing cost-saving programs
Receive and review copies of the annual independent performance and financial audits
Receive and review responses from the School Board to any and all findings, recommendations, and concerns addressed in the performance and financial audits
How is BOUSD going beyond the State minimum requirements for Citizens’ Oversight?
At the January 16, 2020 BOUSD School Board meeting, the District unveiled a new vision of what Citizens’ Oversight should be. Developed with fiscally conservative community members who recognize both the need for Measure G and the need for accountability to the community, the BOUSD approach far exceeds CA requirements for oversight.
- Oversight Committee participation in the review of Construction and Project Managers, Architectural firms and other tier-one subcontractors for input on Board approval decisions of bond funded projects.
- Oversight Committee members will be required to file a Form 700 Statement of Economic Interests to ensure transparency and no conflicts of interest.
- Oversight Committee applicants will be required to provide information on their qualifications and ability to perform the duties of the committee.
- All Oversight Committee documents and reports will be made available online.
- Oversight Committee members will be provided with training approved by the Orange County Taxpayer’s Association.
- The Oversight Committee member representing a taxpayer advocacy group must be approved by the Orange County Taxpayer’s Association.
- Oversight Committee will meet a minimum of four times per year for before/during/after project reviews. Additional meetings will occur as required to make recommendations and reports to the Board.
- Oversight Committee will be independent of the District and operate as a self-directed group with its own leadership structure.
Further details of BOUSD’s Strong Citizens’ Oversight will be formalized in Board Policy by February 13, 2020 with applications being accepted immediately thereafter.
How were the facilities needs at Brea schools identified?
Is there any other way to update our schools?
Has our community supported BOUSD schools with local funding in the past?
What about the state school bond measure on the March 2020 ballot? Can't we use that to upgrade our schools?
Why do we need Measure G now?
If we don’t upgrade our schools now, schools will only continue to age, construction and repair costs will rise and the improvements will become more expensive. In addition, interest rates are at all-time lows, allowing the school district to issue bonds to fund school facility improvements at the lowest possible cost. Interest rates are expected to rise in the future – Measure G’s short-term bonds minimize interest and costs the typical Brea homeowner less than $20 per month.
The State recently rated Brea school facilities as “Exemplary”. Why are you now saying they are “deteriorating”?
The State’s definition of Exemplary is based on very easy to meet standards for the wide variety of schools in California. Those standards do not come up to Brea’s standards for our students and schools. Brea’s long tradition of excellence in education and continually outperforming State and County averages comes from holding our schools to the highest standards of quality and execution.
Measure G and the Brea Community
I don’t have children in school; how will Measure G benefit me?
When would my child’s school benefit from Measure G?
If voters approve Measure G in March 2020, construction projects are anticipated to begin in the 2020-2021 school year.
Have other school districts in Orange County passed similar measures to upgrade their schools?
While neighboring communities have upgraded their schools, it’s been two decades since Brea has approved an investment in our schools. Virtually all Orange County school districts including nearby districts in Orange, Fullerton, Tustin, Irvine, Anaheim, Buena Park, Huntington Beach and elsewhere have recently passed bond measures. BOUSD is one of less than 10 school districts in Orange County that has not passed a bond measure in the last decade to upgrade aging schools.
How many votes do we need to win?
Who is eligible to vote on Measure G?
When can I vote YES on Measure G?
Measure G is on the March 3, 2020 ballot. Whether or not you normally vote at the polls all registered voters living in Brea Olinda Unified School District will be mailed a ballot the week of February 3. Once you receive your ballot, vote YES on G, sign and seal the envelope and mail it back right away. No postage is required. You can also vote YES on G at any Vote Center in Orange County beginning 11 days before Election Day.
Can I only vote YES on Measure G by mail?
How can I learn more about Vote Centers?
Visit the Orange County Registrar of Voters Vote Center website at https://www.ocvote.com/fileadmin/vc/.