Measure S Bond Information
Faced with aging classrooms, the need to bring school facilities up to current standards, and to provide equity among District schools, the Board of Trustees of the Benicia Unified School District placed a local school improvement measure on the June 2014 ballot. Measure S, a $49.6 million general obligation (G.O.) bond program, passed.
It is with a great COMMUNITY GRATITUDE that we are able to continue our BUSD school facility construction project improvements which are largely funded from our local Measure S Bond.
BUSD is very proud to have supplemented our bond monies with additional funding awarded through the following to expand the improvements we are able to complete for our BUSD School Facility Improvements:
- $16 million dollars in Facilities State Prop 51 grant monies
- $1 million Prop 39 Energy Efficient and HVAC grant monies
- CREPS low interest loans to fund our new solar at 4 sites
- In house improvements from Maintenance and IT department
We are currently working on additional state grant applications for facilities monies to fund the new T-K programs as well as AB 841 HVAC; BHS CTE and additional Prop 51 eligibilities through the State.
We are pleased to share that between 2014 at the time of the Measure S Bond passage and now, many projects have been completed and are shown on the list in line below
Citizen’s Bond Oversight Committee Opening:
As required by law, BUSD has a CITIZENS’ BOND OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE (CBOC) to review the BUSD expenditures related to the Measure S School Facility Bond Program. Measure S was approved by the voters on June 3, 2014, and provides funding for school facilities projects.
The purpose of the CBOC is to inform the public, review bond expenditures and present an Annual Report to the School Board. There are seven (7) members on the CBOC.
Currently the following spots are vacant on the CBOC, and BUSD seeks interested citizens to fill these spots:
- A member active in a senior citizen’s organization.
- A member active in a bona-fide taxpayers association.
- A member who is a parent or guardian of a child enrolled in BUSD.
- A member of the community at –large.
In addition, to qualify for membership on the CBOC, the member must be at least 18 years old, must reside within BUSD, and is not a BUSD employee, not a BUSD official, not a BUSD vendor, not a BUSD contractor, or not a BUSD consultant.
The term of the CBOC membership is two (2) years, and no member may serve more than three consecutive terms. The CBOC is currently scheduled to meet quarterly
In order to be considered for the committee, an application must be completed and submitted to the BUSD Bond Director, Roxanne Egan via email at regan@beniciaunified.
Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee
The Committee will typically meets quarterly, but no less than once annually. Meetings are held via zoom or in person at the Benicia Unified School District Board Room, 350 East K Street. Meeting dates and times are posted on the BUSD calendar on the main page on the website. Information from the meetings is posted under the Measure S website CBOC Meetings folder.
The Oversight Committee will meet at least once a year and will inform the public about the expenditure of bond revenues. The primary role of the Committee is to review expenditures and confirm they are consistent with projects which were identified on the voter ballot. Per The Brown Act, meetings are open to the public, anyone can attend the Citizen’s Bond Oversight Committee meetings. The Committee can only take action on items that are listed on the agenda. Each speaker is limited to not more than three minutes under Public Comments and three minutes on non-public hearing agenda items. No one may speak more than once on an agenda item or during “public comments.” After having heard from the public, the agenda item will be closed to the public. Deliberations will then be limited to members of the Committee.
The Governing Board considered and approved members for the Oversight Committee at the Board meeting on October 14th, 2014 and renewed and or re-appointed members at each term as they became open. The current Committee consists of: Stacy Holguin Mark Hughes and Marc Bautista.
Summary of Major Bond Projects To Date:
Completed Bond Projects:
- Technology Infrastructure Upgrades all schools
- Phone System all schools
- Playground upgrades at all Elementary Schools
- Roof at Benicia Middle School
- Roof at Mary Farmar Elementary School
- BHS: Softball Field Bleachers
- Exterior Painting at Benicia High School and Middle School.
- Camera Security System at all schools
- Fire Alarm Upgrade at all District Sites.
- Clocks, Bells, PA upgrade and replacement all schools
- Benicia High School Stadium
- HVAC upgrades
- Benicia High School and Benicia Middle School: Tennis Courts Improvements
- BHS PAB lighting and electrical updates.
- Benicia Middle School Ph 1 Modernization
- LHS window replacement and blinds.
- BHS Marquee
- BMS Seismic Upgrades
- BHS Exterior Site lighting/ safety improvements
Bond Projects In-Construction:
- MFES Modernization Phase 1 – Driveway, parking, front of school and safety upgrades
- RSES MPR HVAC upgrades
- JHES E Wing Restroom building replacement and site ADA upgrades
Bond Projects In Planning:
- MFES Modernization Ph 2; Building improvements
- BMS Modernization Phase 2
- RSES T-K new classrooms, parking lot addition and site safety improvement (jointly funded with Prop 51 monies)
Bond Project Expenditures as of March 31, 2022 =
For full detail of expenditures see attachments under the Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee meeting Documents below.
MFE Master Plan
The projects were identified through a process that began with our Facilities Master Plan. This document was developed via a series of public meetings at each school site as well as an evaluation for each building by the Architect for structural and other needs. Recommendations were then brought to the Board and the document was approved in it’s format as shown in the link below. Projects identified in the Phase 1 group are higher priority than projects in the Phase 2 group, et al. The document is intended as a guide and can be modified by the District as needed.
Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee Meeting Documents
Bond Project Photos and Additional Documents
Request for Proposal/Bids
The Request for Proposals and Bids for Measure S Bond projects are attached below. For questions email Bond Director Roxanne Egan at email@example.com.