Dear Community Members,
On January 8, 2018, the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District held a Special Study Session to hear and consider the results of a school facilities bond poll conducted by True North. True North obtained over 700 responses from likely voters within the boundaries of the District. Additionally, the Board of Education heard from bond strategists, Charles Heath of TBWB, financial advisor, Tim Carty of Piper Jaffray, and Facilities Master Plan lead, Kevin Fleming of DLR Group.
The results of the polling are available for public view, as is the broad Facilities Master Plan. The Board of Education provided direction to our architect to scale the plan down to primarily address health and safety concerns, while also taking the opportunity to modernize existing classroom spaces. The new plan will likely involve little to no new construction and will be significantly reduced from the original proposed work. Estimates for the new plan will fall slightly under $200 million. Misinformation is already circulating that the Board of Education is considering a $700 million bond campaign. This is unequivocally false. Further, there has been no vote to authorize a bond campaign of any amount. There is zero chance of a bond campaign of any amount in June of 2018 and only a slim chance of a potential campaign in November of 2018. The most likely scenario at this point is a potential campaign in 2020, although November of 2018 is still under consideration.
Our schools have provided nationally recognized programs and experiences for our students over the past several decades. Unfortunately, our facilities have not received the same attention. With the last school constructed in 1968, it is time for us to seriously consider how facilities impact learning. We will begin sharing specific concerns about the state of our facilities in the near future.