Orange Unified Seeks Voter Approval for Bond Measure

The Orange Unified School District voted unanimously to approve a bond measure for the November ballot.

The “District Classroom & Facility Safety, Modernization and Renovation Measure” will need 55 percent of votes in order to pass. It will allow the district to issue up to $228 million in bonds to help modernize four high schools and improve safety for facilities. The schools that would benefit are Canyon, El Modena, Orange, and Villa Park high schools. The measure, if passed, would also allow for a $60 million match from the state.

Certain requirements of the measure are set in place to ensure that the money is spent appropriately. There will be annual independent financial and performance audits, as well as the creating of a Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee.

This isn’t the first time the district has sought to pass a bond measure.

“Our 2014 school bond fell less than 200 votes short of the threshold to pass,” said Superintendent Michael Christensen. “While disappointing, we took this as an opportunity to reach out and listen even more carefully to OUSD voters in an effort to develop a proposal that our community can support.”

The bond will cost taxpayers about $29 for each $100,000 in property value. But the value of the bond for students is priceless.

The full text of the measure can be found in the board’s meeting agenda.