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Los Angeles County, CA March 7, 2000 Election
Measure W
Issuance of general obligation bonds in the amount of $30 million for specified school improvement.
Whittier City Elementary School District

Bond Measure

9,167 / 71.44% Yes votes ...... 3,664 / 28.56% No votes

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Shall the voters of the Whittier City School District approve $30 million in general obligation bonds to raise funds for specified school improvement?
Summary Prepared by Whittier City School District:

A Message from the Superintendent

Whittier City School District celebrated its centennial in February 1998. As we enter the new century, it is evident that our aging facilities must be repaired to provide an adequate learning environment for our 7200 students. Additionally, it is critical that we build a much-needed new school in Uptown Whittier.

Our present facilities do not have the electrical capacity to handle the technological demands of our new infrastructure. They also cannot accommodate air conditioning at the sites. Major upgrades have not taken place due to the high cost of replacements and repairs. Patchwork repairs on utilities have become the norm given a lack of funds.

Recognizing the seriousness of our current facility situation, the Whittier City Board of Education passed a resolution on October 18, 1999 to pursue a bond election on March 7, 2000. Our PTAs, PFOs, and other associations in the District enthusiastically supported this action, knowing that it is in the best interests of the students. If approved by a 2/3 vote on March 7, 2000, Measure W will provide funds to be used to:

  • Build a new elementary school
  • Build cafeteria/multi-purpose rooms for 8 sites
  • Repair and/or replace gas, water, and sewer lines
  • Install air conditioning and accompanying electrical upgrades
  • Expand Class Size Reduction to include Grade 3
  • Replace equipment for playgrounds and enact other site improvements

It is important to the Board of Education that schools are well maintained in our community. The learning environment must ensure that our students are prepared to succeed in high school and college. Teachers are to be commended for their work in the classrooms. As we believe the classroom is the center of our universe, the facilities must be in good condition, ready to meet the demands of a new century and a new millennium.

Carmella S. Franco, Ed.D.
Whittier City School District

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