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Special District

Lowell Joint School District
Measure O Bond Measure - Majority Approval Required

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Election Results

Passing

6,554 votes yes (73%)

2,420 votes no (27%)

31.2% of precincts reporting (5/16).

3,658 ballots counted

In order to maintain consistency and education curriculum for families, students and staff in our local elementary and middle schools with the feeder high school district, and permanently save the District nearly $250,000 annually, shall Lowell Joint School District permanently transfer its current jurisdiction and administrative oversight from Los Angeles County Superintendent of Schools to Orange County Superintendent of Schools?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Impartial analysis / Proposal

Mary C. Wickham, County Counsel

Approval of Measure O ("Measure") would authorize the Board of Trustees ("Board") of the Lowell Joint School District ("District"), which placed the Measure on the ballot by Resolution 2019-20 No. 767, to transfer jurisdiction of administration over the District from the Los Angeles County Office of Education to the Orange County Department of Education.

The District is an elementary school district for grades TK through 8 with three schools located in Los Angeles County and three schools located in Orange County. Students in the District promote to high schools operated by the Orange County Department of Education. The transfer of jurisdiction over the District authorized by the Measure shall only be for the purposes specified in the Measure, including, but not limited to, transferring administrative support to the Orange County Department of Education and discontinuing the annual $250,000 payment by the District to the Los Angeles County Office of Education for administrative support services.

The Board is authorized to place the Measure on the ballot to change jurisdiction from the Los Angeles County Office of Education to the Orange County Department of Education provided elections are conducted in the two counties in which the District is located.

This Measure requires a majority vote by the electors in the District for passage.

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

Vote YES on Measure O to decrease administrative costs in Lowell Joint School District and help us better serve all students who attend our local schools. Measure O to supports parent connectedness throughout the Lowell Joint School District and Fullerton Joint Union High School District, at no cost to taxpayers.

Lowell Joint School District is currently under the jurisdiction of the Los Angeles County Office of Education for administrative support services costing the District approximately $250,000 annually.

Lowell Joint School District has three schools located in Orange County and three schools located in Los Angeles County. The majority of Lowell Joint School District students reside in Orange County. Regardless of the student's county of residence, 99% of all students attending Lowell Joint School District schools attend high schools in the Fullerton Joint Union High School District which is 100% located in Orange County.

Measure O will permanently save Lowell Joint School District almost $250,000 annually by transferring administrative support from Los Angeles County Office of Education to Orange County Department of Education, which provide these services for free. This savings in administrative costs goes directly back to the classroom to support high-quality education to local students.

Measure O will benefit all local students
Measure O will allow Lowell Joint School District to be 100% supported by Orange County Department of Education with the following benefits:

-  Coordinated academic services with Fullerton Joint Union High School District
-  TK-12 grade curriculum development and program
-  Continued streamlined special education support services
-  Coordinated social/emotional services with Fullerton Joint Union High School District
-  Career-training education and opportunities continue in alignment with Fullerton Joint Union High School District
-  $850,000 STEM grant in coordination with La Habra High School and Fullerton Community College
-  Joint professional development for Lowell Joint School District teachers

Vote YES on Measure O to support PTA continuity
All Lowell Joint School District Parent Teacher Association (PTA) teams are active members of the North Orange County PTA Council and transition to PTA associations within Fullerton Joint Union High School District, which creates continuity of program and support.

Vote YES on Measure O to permanently save Lowell Joint School District $250,000 annually and free up funds to benefit local students.

JAN AVERILL
Former Lowell Joint School Board Trustee

DARIN BARBER
Former Lowell Joint School Board Trustee

MARTIN TOURVILLE
Regional Bank Manager/Parent

JANE WILLIAMS
La Habra Heights City Council

DAVID LITTLE
Certified Financial Planner

 

Arguments AGAINST

NO ARGUMENT AGAINST THIS MEASURE WAS SUBMITTED
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