Frequently Asked Questions
How are Ocean View School District schools doing?
Since 1874, the Ocean View School District has been providing students in Huntington Beach and portions of Fountain Valley, Westminster, and Midway City with an excellent education. The OCEAN VIEW SCHOOL DISTRICT has multiple National Blue Ribbon and Distinguished Schools in the district. Three of our schools have received the prestigious Golden Bell Award from the California School Boards Association and Lake View is a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) school. Good schools improve the quality of life in our community and protect the value of our homes.
Why do we need Measure R?
Most Ocean View School District schools were built more than 50 years ago and need to be upgraded. Measure R makes essential repairs and improvements so that our schools can serve our students and community well for the decades to come. Local schools also need updates to continue providing students with a 21st-century education — a solid background in science and math, and the skills they need to use today’s technologies and ensure their success in high school, college, and careers. Measure R addresses these needs and improves local school facilities for the future.
Specifically, what will Measure R do?
The OCEAN VIEW SCHOOL DISTRICT developed a comprehensive Facilities Master Plan that outlines major facility needs at each school site. This plan can be viewed online at www.Ocean View School District-fmp.org.
Projects that Measure R will complete include:
- Improving student safety and campus security systems, including security fencing, security cameras, emergency communications systems, smoke detectors, fire alarms, and sprinklers
- Repairing or replacing deteriorating roofs, plumbing, heating, ventilation, and electrical systems
- Providing the equipment and educational technology needed to support high-quality instruction in science, reading, music, arts, and math
- Improving access to school facilities for students with disabilities
- Ensuring that children’s playground equipment and play areas meet current health and safety standards
What will happen if Measure R doesn’t pass?
If Measure R doesn’t pass, improvements will be very limited and come at a much slower pace. Failing to address facilities needs soon will cause problems to become even more costly to repair in the future. Without Measure R funds, our district will have a difficult time competing with neighboring school districts that have invested improving their schools. Families seek out the safest, most modern school facilities that support a high quality education to prepare students for success in college and careers. Without Measure R, the OCEAN VIEW SCHOOL DISTRICT schools will be behind other school districts in our region.
Will all funds benefit OCEAN VIEW SCHOOL DISTRICT schools?
Yes. Every penny from Measure R will benefit local schools and be controlled locally. None of the funds can be taken away by the State or go to other communities.
How do I know Measure R funds will be used responsibly?
Measure R includes strict fiscal accountability provisions to ensure funds are spent wisely:
- All funds stay in Ocean View School District to support our local elementary students – Sacramento cannot take a single penny
- No Measure R money can be used for administrators’ salaries or benefits
- A Citizens’ Oversight Committee and annual independent audits are required to ensure all funds are spent according to voter-approved priorities
How much will Measure R cost?
Measure R will generate up to $169 million for school improvements. The cost of this measure would be limited to $30 per $100,000 in assessed value (not market value) annually or about $109 per year for the typical homeowner for as long as bonds are outstanding.
Can the State adequately fund upgrades to our schools?
No. The State is not currently funding school facility improvements. Until 2014, school districts could count on the State for approximately 40% of school improvement costs. However, today it is up to local communities to protect, maintain and improve our local schools and support high achievement for all students. That’s why passing Measure R is so important.
Is there a comprehensive list of the projects by site that could be funded by Measure R?
Yes. A detailed Facilities Master Plan and a full list of projects can be found online at www.Ocean View School District-fmp.org.
Will Measure R help our district qualify for state matching funds?
Yes. Measure R will allow our school district to access these state dollars should they become available. Without passage of Measure R, state matching funds will go to other districts.
Is there any other way to repair, update, and improve our schools?
Like all public school districts, OCEAN VIEW SCHOOL DISTRICT has very few options when it comes to funding the necessary renovations and upgrades to our local schools. Our schools can’t rely on the State to complete these repairs. Measure R would provide the local control necessary to complete prioritized projects to provide a safe and modern learning environment for our students.
When will Measure R appear on the ballot?
Measure R is on the November 8, 2016 ballot. To pass, Measure R must be supported by 55% of those who vote. All registered voters in OCEAN VIEW SCHOOL DISTRICT will be eligible to vote on the measure.
How many votes does Measure R need to pass?
In order to pass, Measure R must be supported by 55% of those who vote on it.
How can I find out more information about voting or registering to vote?
You can register to vote by visiting www.RegisterToVote.ca.gov or by calling the Orange County Registrar of Voters at (714) 567-7600. Visit www.OCVote.com for more information about voting. The deadline to register to vote in time to vote in this election is October 24.