Board of Education considers issuing $30M Measure R bond

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Martinez Unified School District Board of Education will decide Monday whether to issue $30 million in its second series of Measure R bonds.

Voters approved Measure R Nov. 8, 2016, authorizing the District to issue up to $120 million in aggregate principal of bonds for construction projects.

Isom Advisors, which is a division of Urban Futures, Inc., would be the sale’s municipal advisor, and Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe LLP would be the bond and disclosure counsel. Underwriter would be D.A. Davidson and Company.

The bond debt would be paid from District property taxes.

Also on the Board’s agenda Monday is Simile Construction Service’s change order amounting to $12,034.03 to its $1,494,000 contract for construction at Alhambra High School Buildings D and H, a project underwritten by Measure K funds.

The new contract sum would be $1,506.034.03, and Assistant Superintendent Helen Rossi is recommending approval. She’ll also ask the Board to issue a completion notice for the work.

Director of Educational Services Tom Doppe will ask the Board’s approval of the District’s School Accountability Report Cards, documents required of all public schools receiving state funding as well as a mandate in the federal Elementary and Secondary Educational Act (ESEA).

The report cards are used to provide parents and other community members with information about each school, and it can help schools report progress in achieving their goals.

Those report cards must be published by Feb. 1 each year. They contain staff statements and information, a written description of the school and its curriculum, enrollment numbers and demographics, a list of teachers and their credentials and salaries, its repair status, how students have performed on tests, information about parental as well as pupil engagement, suspension and expulsion numbers, the school’s safety plan and how it approaches professional development.

Doppe will ask the Board to approve school calendars for the years 2019-20, 2020-21 and 2021-22, which he has said has received endorsement from the District’s labor organizations.

The Board also will establish its committees.

The Board of Education will meet at 6:15 p.m. Monday to consider student expulsions. The regular meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Martinez Unified School District Board room, 921 Susana St.

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