CUSD is asking taxpayers in the Cities of Aliso Viejo, Laguna Niguel and Dana Point to support a $300 million dollar school facility bond in 2020.

CUSDWatch Comment 

The State of Caifornia has $337 billion dollars (with a "B") in local school facility bond debt. These Prop 39 Bonds have become a pay-to-play racket esigned to give local school districts new reveue streams without fully addressing facility needs, they are a way to create a slush fund for districts. We need to fix our schools, but data shows that the money is not being spent as promised, and there is no real oversight. 

See: California League of Bond Oversight Committees 

CUSD is playing games with the bond project list so that they can have access to a slush fund with millions of Taxpayers hard earned money, to fuel continued annual compensation increases for employees.

For the past five years CUSD has chosen to give employees 5 consecutive years of across the board compensation increases totaling over $150 million dollars, while choosing not to fix and maintain facilities at minimum health and safety standards.

California Local School Facility Bond Debt is $168 billion (re-payment $337 billion).

  • Orange County: $9 billion
  • LA County: $45 billion
  • San Diego County: $17 billion

See: CUSDWatch: Data: Local School Facility Bond Measures 

See: California's State and Local debt totals an estimated $1.3 trillion dollars 

 

Board Agenda page 1240

June 12, 2019 CUSD BOT Meeting Agenda Item #49 PRESENTATION UPDATE ON THE WESTERN SCHOOL FACILITIES IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT FACILITIES NEEDS (SFID School Facility bond for the Cities of Aliso Viejo, Laguna Niguel and Dana Point).

Board Audio at 1:28:29

Board Audio at 1:30:43  POINT OF CLARIFICATION- Capo Beach is not part of the Western SFID- Palisades Elementary School will be included in the San Clemente SFID. 

CUSDWatch Comment

CUSD is doing a CIty of San Clemente SFID too. The SFID Boundary is to include all of San Clemente schools except Talega schools. 

While excluding Talega Schools, CUSD wants to add Capo Beach to the San Clemente SFID which would mean San Clemente taxpayers would be funding bond projects at Palisades Elementry School while there would be no projects funded at Telaga Schools. Capo Beach is part of the City of Dana Point. San Clemente taxpayers receive no benefit from paying for projects at Palisades Elementary School.

The first priority of a San Clemente SFID should be to bring ALL SAN CLEMENTE SCHOOLS up to minimum standards by 2022 at a total cost of $65 million according to the Kicthel Reports. This would include Talega Schools, even if Talega residents are excluded from the new SFID Bond. Vista Del Mar Elementary/Middle School needs $6.7 million in repairs and maintenance and this could be paid for out of the remaining Talega CFD Funds and Deferred Maintenance Funds. That commitent would be part of the bond langauge in order to pass.

CUSD should eliminate Palisades Elelemnetary School from the Southern SFID Boundary.  CUSD can create a second SFID for Palisades with the SFID Boundry being residents of Capistrano Beach- a small SFID $20 million. Or, CUSD can add Palisades Elementary School to the Western SFID because Capo Beach is part of the CIty of Dana Point.

San Clemente Tax Payers should not support any SFID that excludes Talega Schools and includes Palisades. That should be a non-starter for San Clemente Taxpayers.

see: June 12, 2019 CUSD BOT Meeting Agenda Item #48 Presentation on the Southern School Facilities Improvement District proposed facilities projects, tax levy amount, boundaries and timeline.

Board Agenda page 1,231 Slide Presentation

Board Audio at 52:01

 

CUSD Presentation:

Western Bond Region: Dana Point, Laguna Niguel and Aliso Viejo

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CUSDWatch Comment

CUSD failed to disclose the maturity date for these bonds

Tax Levi:

$34 per $100,000 of assessed value. 

If you own a million dollar home, your tax wil be $340 per year.

CUSD did not state a maturity date

  • 10 years you will pay $3,400
  • 20 years $6,800
  • 30 years $10,200
  • 40 years  $13,600

Bond Proceeds $300 million re-payment depends on maturity date

 

The Cost of Proposed Projects that the Bonds will fund. 

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CUSDWatch Comment

Notes at bottom of project list:

"1) Costs were prepared without a detailed facilities master plan."

"2) Costs were prepared based on preliminary scope and without defined environmental requirements and design concepts. Once projects commence, costs may be subject to change."

"3) Costs presented are estimates only and are based on average industry pricing"

The Capistrano Unified School District completed a Kitchell Facilities Assessment of every school in the District in November 2017 . This outlined the work that needed to be done to bring CUSD schools up to minimum health and safety standards. The bond project list that CUSD is currently proposing only address fixing Priority 1 of 5 of the Kitchell Report, and only for a limited number of schools.

From the Kitchel School Facilities Report: Definition of Priority 1 Repairs and Maintenance

"Conditions in this category require immediate action to: a) correct a cited safety hazard, b) stop accelerated deterioration, and/or c) return a facility to operation. The Escalation Factor in this category is 5%. Deficiencies in this category should be addressed in Year 1."

Year 1 was 2017. The Kitchell Reports outlined a 5-year plan to bring all facilities up to minimum health and safety standards. All projects Priorities 1-5 must be completed to ensure that facilities meet minimum health and safety standards. If CUSD cannot ensure that facilities meet minimum health and safety standards due to a lack of money, why has the District given employees five consecutive years of across the board compensation increases totaling over $150 million dollars?

CUSDWatch has reviewed all of the documentation and made a recommended Bond Project List that saves taxpayers millions of dollars, and brings all CUSD schools within the SFID area up to minimum health and safety standards by fixing all of the items listed in the Kitchell Facilities Assessment Priorities 1-5 for all schools.

If CUSD does not modify its bond project list to include the entire Kitchell Facilities Assessment, no taxpayer living within this SFID should support this Bond in 2020.

Board Audio at 1:34:30

CUSDWatch Comment

If you read the Kitchell Reports for all the schools it is obvious that most mechanical equipment is original to the schools; and that almost every mechanical system is past it's useful life, and must be replaced in order to bring facilities up to minimum health and safety standards.  


Board Audio at 1:42:30 Trustee Discussion Total Western SFID

Trustee Bullockus: HVAC and Air Conditioning

Board Audio at 1:44:38

Trustee McNicholas: 50 Meter Pool with Support Structures. [error?]

Board Audio at 1:45:08 

Trustee Reardon Dana Hills Theater Renovation

Board Audio at 1:45:44

Trustee Reardon what about Foxborough and Crown Valley? They are not receiving any bond projects.

Board Audio at 1:46:08 

Trustee Amy Hanacek Aliso program needs

Board Audio at 1:46:57

Trustee McNicholas Theater at Dana Hills High School

Board Audio at 1:49:39

Trustee Patricia Holloway Schools not included in SFID? Charter Schools [Foxborough and Crown Valley] not included.

Board Audio at 1:50:24

Trustee Gary Pritchard CUSD is not required to follow City Height restrictions correct? That is through the Division of State Architects.

Board Audio at 1:50:58 

Superintendent Kristen Vital - June 26, 2019 CUSD Board Workshop. Add back the Carter Sites. Dana Hills High School needs a lot more than all the other schools. May need less than Priority I. One Charter is all portables. Community engagement and education outreach. Do we need more community outreach.

Board Audio at 1:52:44 

Communications Officer Ryan Burris regarding Community Outreach and tracking poll.

Board Audio at 1:54:00

Trustee Amy Hanacek Proceeds from the sale of Dana Point Bus yard would go to Dana Point Schools. The CIty of Dana Point is lacking a Community pool and Community Center. Joint use projects?

Board Audio at 1:55:09

Superintendent Kristen Vital re: Timeline and milestones. $300,000 will be going into Dana Point. 

Board Audio at 1:56:38

Clark Hampton/ Susan Holiday Community Engagement up-date. Feedback from Communities.

Board Audio at 1:57:30

John Forney recieved feedback from school sites and Communities.

Board Audio at 1:58:41

Trustee Patricia Holloway pleased at the work staff is doing.

Board Audio at 1:59:18

Trustee McNicholas Matching Funds and the Map.

Board Audio at 2:01:35

Trustee Jim Reardon Laguna Woods. Community engagement City of Laguna Niguel.

Board Audio at 2:03:41

Trustee Amy Hanacek Niguel Hills Middle School music program.

Board Audio at 2:03:55

Trustee Jim Reardon Niguel Hills Middle School. Must give the Community more than just access to Community shared sports fields by walking through old portable buildings.

Bond Project List City of Aliso Viejo

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COMPARISON CUSD BOND PROJECT LIST vs CUSDWatch BOND PROJECT LIST
CUSD Bond Project List:  $103,194,711

Kitchell Priority 1 for some schools. No school will meet minimum health and safety standards because Priorities 2-5 will not be included. 

CUSD did not include any projects for Foxbury Elementary School aka Journey Charter School. The Kitchell Report  states that it would cost $3,454,000 million to bring all facilities up to minimum health and safety standards.

New Class Room Building 50 meter pool
CUSDWatch Bond Project List:  

$66,267,900

$3,454,000

$69,721,900

 

Kitchell Prioirty 1-5 for ALL schools. ALL schools will meet minimum health and safety standards. Must amend to include Foxborough Elementary School at a cost of $3,454,000. New Class Room Building 25 meter pool
CUSD Slush Fund 

$36,926,811

($3,454,000)

$33,472,811

 

Employee compensation increases are about $30 million a year.

#No CUSD Bond in 2020 unless the Bond Project List includes every project listed in the Kitchell School Facilities Assessment.

 

Capistrano Unified Bond Project List for chools withing Aliso Viejo.

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 School New Buildings  Renovations  Kitchell Priority #1 

Aliso Niguel HS (1993) 

$41,336,600

Permanent Building to              Replace 26 Portable       Classrooms      $27,561,600

50 meter pool with Support  Facilities $13,775,000

$52,523,253

Classroom Renovation $46,006,724

Theater Renovation $5,608,600

Air conditioning in  gymnasium $907,929

 -0-
Aliso Viejo MS (1993) $1,804,229
Canyon Vista ES (2006)  $1,403,314
Don Juan Avila ES (2000)  $210,971
Don Juan Avila MS (2000)  $1,125,029
Foxborough ES Not on list at all $3,454,000
Oak Grove ES (1995)  $2,911,543
Wood Canyon ES (1997) $2,090,743 
$41,336,600 $52,523,253 $9,334,858
Total

$103,194,711

$3,454,000

$106,648,711

 

CUSDWatch Bond Project List for the City of Aliso Viejo

The CUSDWatch Bond Project List is $37 million less than CUSD's proposal.

The CUSDWatch Bond Project List brings every school up to minimum health and safety standards by completing every project in the Kitchell Facilities Report Priorities 1- 5 plus includes the permanent building to replace older portables. This would not include building a new 50 meter pool with support facilities, instead it recommends renovating the existing 25 meter pool and support facilities.

CUSD CREATED A $37 million dollar SLUSH FUND and left facilities that do not meet minimum health and safety standards.

Links to Individual School Site Facility Assessments are below:

All of these reports show that mechanical systems are past their useful life (most are original to the building). CUSD must include all Kitchell projects Priority 1-5 in their bond project list.

Supporting Documentation:

RENOVATIONS
 School New Buildings 

Renovations   Kitchell Priority 1-5

Aliso Niguel High School (1993) 

$20,234,900

Permanent Building to Replace 26 Portable Classrooms $15,000,000 

Note: CUSD has built three of these buildings at San Juan Hills, San Clemente High and Tesoro at a cost of $15 million each. CUSD's  figure of $27,561,600 is inflated.

50 meter pool with Support Facilities $7,000

Note: It costs over $1 million per year to maintain a 50 meter pool. CUSD should renovate the existing 25 meter pool.

$17,673,000

Priority 1  $3,631,700

CUSD -0- 

  • Classroom Renovation,
  • Theater Renovation,
  • Air conditioning in gymnasium  

These projects are all ready included in the Kitchell Facilities Report.

Aliso Viejo Middle School (1993)  

$5,201,000

Priority 1   $1,578,700

CUSD $1,804,229

Canyon Vista Elementary School (2006)   

$2,740,000

         Priority $1,227,900

CUSD $1,403,314

Don Juan Avilia Elementary School (2000)  These 2 schools are combined in the Kitchell Report

$9,580,000

   Priority 1 $1,169,000

CUSD $210,971

CUSD 1,125,029

Don Juan Avilia Middle School (2000)
Foxborough ES  (1992)   

$3,454,000

Priority 1 $1,395,000

CUSD -0-

Oak Grove Elementary School  (1995)  

$5,515,000

  Priority 1 $2,547,600

CUSD $2,911,543

Wood Canyon Elementary School (1997)  

$5,324,000

  Priority 1 $1,829,400

CUSD $2,090,743

  $20,234,900 $46,033,000
  Subtotal

$69,721,900

NEW CONSTRUCTION ALISO NIGUEL HIGH SCHOOL
New Classroom Building to Replace 26 Portables $15,000,000
If CUSD builds a NEW Building to replace 26 portables then the costs for renovating the portables needs to be backed out. ($1,540,100)
50 meter pool with support facilities at a cost of $13,775,000.  $13,775,000
It costs well over $1 million per year to maintain this type of facility. CUSD should skip the 50 meter pool and fix their existing pool. The $7 million is a generous over estimate of repairing the existing pool. ($7,000,000)
Subotal  $20,234,900
Total City of Aliso Viejo $89,956,800

 

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Permanent Building to replace portables at Aliso Niguel High School: Cost $15 million, not $28 million

CUSD has replaced portables at San Clemente High School, Tesoro High School and increased capacity at San Juan Hills High School with a new 24 classroom building on each campus that cost less than $15 million a piece. At Aliso Niguel, CUSD is replaceing 26 portables with a new classroom building, but they are claiming it will cost $27.6 million. That is almost double what the same building cost on other campuses.

Actual Cost: $15 million

Budgeted for: $27.6 million

If a new building is built to replace all of the portables then the following costs should be subtracted from the Kitchell report total for Aliso Niguel High School

Kitchell Report Aliso Niguel High School 

Portable Renovation Projects Total Cost $1,540,100 Included in Kitchell Report

page 15 Portable 1 Replace existing roof with similar roof.     $45,800
page 15 Portable 2 Replace existing roof with similar roof.     $45,800
page 15 Portable 3 Replace existing roof with similar roof.     $45,800
page 15 Portable 4 Replace existing roof with similar roof.     $29,400
 ? Portable 5 
page 16 Portable 6 Replace existing roof with similar roof. $29,400
page 16 Poratble 7 Replace existing roof with similar roof.    $29,400
page 14 Portable 8 Replace existing roof with similar roof.    $28,000
page 15 Portable 9  Replace existing roof with similar roof.   $28,000
page 15 Portable 10 Replace existing roof with similar roof. $45,800
page 16 Poratble 11 Replace existing roof with similar roof. $45,800
page 15 Portable 12 Replace existing roof with similar roof.   $45,800
page 15 Portable 13 Replace existing roof with similar roof. $45,800
page 16 Poratble 14 Replace existing roof with similar roof.  $45,800
page 16 Poratble 15 Replace existing roof with similar roof. $29,400
page 16 Portabe 16 Replace existing roof with similar roof. $29,400
page 15 Portable 17 Replace existing roof with similar roof.  $29,400
page 16 Poratble 18 Replace existing roof with similar roof. $45,800
page 16 Poratble 19 Replace existing roof with similar roof. $45,800
page 16 Portable 20 Replace existing roof with similar roof.  $58,400
page 17 Portable 21 Replace existing roof with similar roof.  $33,200
page 17 Portable 22 Replace existing roof with similar roof.  $33,200
page 17  Poratble 23  Replace existing roof with similar roof.  $33,200
page 17 Portable 24 Replace existing roof with similar roof.  $33,200
page 15 Portable 25 Replace existing roof with similar roof. $28,000
page 17  Portable 26  Replace existing roof with similar roof.    $33,200
page 19  Portables  Clean, prep, and paint existing painted surfaces.   $1,400
page 27  Portables  

Wall mounted heat pump unit is at or approaching the end of its useful life. Provide equipment replacement and installation.

10 Portables X $21,000 = $210,000

 $210,000
page 28   Portables 

Wall mounted heat pump unit is at or approaching the end of its useful life. Provide equipment replacement and installation.

5 Portables X $21,000 = $105,000

$105,000
page 28  Portables 

Wall mounted heat pump unit is at or approaching the end of its useful life. Provide equipment replacement and installation.

 $62,800
page 31 Portables 

Wall mounted heat pump unit is at or approaching the end of its useful life. Provide equipment replacement and installation.

6 Portables X $21,000 = $126,000

$126,000
page 32 Portables 

Wall mounted heat pump unit is at or approaching the end of its useful life. Provide equipment replacement and installation.

3 Portables X $21,000 = $63,000

$63,000
page 34 Portable
Exterior Yard
The 800A switchboard is approaching the end of its expected useful life. Replace the existing switchboard with a new switchboard. $22,800
page 36  Portable
Lighting

The exterior wallpack is damaged or approaching the end of its useful life and should be replaced. Replace the existing or
damaged exterior wallpack with a new wallpack.

9 portables X $700 = $6.300

$6,300
 $1,540,100

 

50 Meter Pool: $13,775,000   

Big Red Flag. It costs well north of $1 million per year to maintain and operate a 50 meter pool. Where is CUSD going to get that ongoing funding? Trustees should pick up the phone and call the City of San Clemente and the Mission Viejo Nadadores to see what the annual cost is to maintain a 50 meter swimming pool. No High School in a district that cannot afford math books needs a 50 meter pool. 

Spending $13.8 million on a 50 meter pool BEFORE bringing all your facilities up to minimum standards is not practical and demonstrates that CUSD is not serious about using bond proceeds appropriately. Also- note CUSD budgeted $14 million for Dana Hills High School 25 meter pool? SLUSH FUND CUSD will end up repairing the existing pool at  fraction of the proposed $13.8 million and using the reamining money for "other things". 

Pool Costs already included in Kitchell Report
page 13 A 1010 Pool Equipment Room  Fill the Structural Crack  $500
page 13 B 2050 Aquatics Complex  Rplace Door Hardware  $3600
page 25 D 2010 Pool Building Domestic Water Distribution - medium circulation pump $8900
page 26 D 2010 Pool Building  Domestic Water Distribution - medium circulation pump  $8900
page 37 F 1050 Pool Building   ADA Shower bench $4200
page 38 F 1050  Pool Building Pool chlorination system  $13,300
page 38 F 1050  Pool Building  Pool chlorination system   $13,300
page 38 G  2030 Pool Pedestrian Plazza & Walkways Concrete pavement is
heaving (trip hazards
present), over 1/2 inch height.
$500
  $53,200

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The Kitchell report contains the total cost to renovate and bring up to minimum health and safety standards the following items which must be dedcted from the renovation costs less already deducted pool and portables which have already been deducted. ($17,673,000 - $1,540,100 (portables) - $53,200 (pool) = $16,079,700

Renovations forpriorities 1-5 which include "Classroom Renovations", "Theater Renovations" and "Air Conditioning for the Gym" total $16,079,700

Air Conditioningg for Gym costs already included in Kitchell Report
page 52

AC- No Tag. 

Packaged DX AC unit is at or approaching the end of its expected useful service life.  Provide equipment replacement and installation. $31,400
page 54 AC- No Tag Packaged DX AC unit is at or approaching the end of its expected useful service life.  Provide equipment replacement and installation. $31,400
page 55 AC - No Tag Packaged DX AC unit is at or approaching the end of its expected useful service life.  Provide equipment replacement and installation. $31,400
page 56 AC-No Tag Packaged DX AC unit is at or approaching the end of its expected useful service life.  Provide equipment replacement and installation. $31,400
page 56 AC-No Tag Packaged DX AC unit is at or approaching the end of its expected useful service life.  Provide equipment replacement and installation. $31,400
page 56 AC-No Tag Packaged DX AC unit is at or approaching the end of its expected useful service life.  Provide equipment replacement and installation. $31,400
page 57 AC-B3 Packaged DX AC unit is at or approaching the end of its expected useful service life.  Provide equipment replacement and installation. $31,400
page 57 AC-B4 Packaged DX AC unit is at or approaching the end of its expected useful service life.  Provide equipment replacement and installation. $31,400
page 57 AC-B12 Packaged DX AC unit is at or approaching the end of its expected useful service life.  Provide equipment replacement and installation. $31,400
page 58 AC-B6 Packaged DX AC unit is at or approaching the end of its expected useful service life.  Provide equipment replacement and installation. $31,400
page 58 AC-No Tag Packaged DX AC unit is at or approaching the end of its expected useful service life.  Provide equipment replacement and installation. $31,400 
page 58 AC-No Tag Packaged DX AC unit is at or approaching the end of its expected useful service life.  Provide equipment replacement and installation. $31,400
page 63 AC-No Tag Packaged DX AC unit is at or approaching the end of its expected useful service life.  Provide equipment replacement and installation.  $31,400
 Total $408,200

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 Part 2 will be the Bond Project List for the City of Laguna Niguel