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The Lakewood Unified School District Organizing Committee
4067 Hardwick St., #156 Lakewood, CA 90712
(562) 496-3559 or e-mail us
Working Together For Our Kids


Questions and Answers About
The Lakewood Unified School District

For answers to the following questions, just click on the question.

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  Q: Does the new Lakewood Unified School District have to buy the school buildings from the former school districts?

A: No. Recent changes to the laws of the State of California make it easier to form a new district. Under the current laws, any school buildings in the newly approved school District area become the property of the new school district. This means that the Lakewood Unified School District, when approved, will not have to buy any school buildings currently located in the proposed school district.

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Q: Do the other school districts have to agree to allow the Lakewood Unified School District to be formed?

A: No. The matter is not up to them. It is up to the voters. The matter does go faster if all of the affected school districts school boards agree to Lakewood secession, but this is not necessary. It just makes it easier and faster.
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Q: Do 25% of the registered voters in each school district have to sign the petition?

A: No. To get the matter to the state and on the ballot, 25% of the registered voters in the Lakewood Unified School District area of each of the four current school districts must sign the petition. So only the voters in the proposed school district must sign the petition. The matter can go to the county with as little as 10% of the voters, but 25% is preferred. Example: 25% of the voters within the Lakewood City Limits and Lakewood Village who are part of the Long Beach Unified School District must sign the petition, as must 25% of the registered voters within the Lakewood City Limits of the Bellflower School District.
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Q: Who votes on the formation of the Lakewood Unified School District?

A: The registered voters within an area as determined by the State Board of Education. This area may be as small as the limits of the proposed Lakewood Unified School District or it may include nearby affected areas. It could be as large as all registered voters in all of the affected school districts. The exact area will be determined by the State Board of Education.
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Q: How long do we have to get the petitions signed?

A: There is no time limit on how long we can take to get all the signatures we need.
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Q: Is this a racial issue?

A: No. Anyone who is motivated by racial bigotry is not welcomed by the Organizing Committee. This is not about race, it is about neighborhood schools. All children, regardless of race, religion, or nationality are entitled to a quality education in their neighborhood schools. Lakewood is a racially diverse community. All children within the Lakewood Unified School District are welcome to attend school in the new district, regardless of race, creed, or religion. The proposed school district boundaries are the Lakewood City Limits, plus the Lakewood Village area which has been included at the request of several residents in that area (North of Carson Street, West of Bellflower Blvd. and East of Lakewood Blvd and South of Del Amo.)
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Q: How long will the entire process take?

A: The process can take from 1.5 years to over three years. It is not possible to determine exactly how long it will take. The State Board of Education has no time limit on how long it can take to "consider" the matter.
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Q: What happens to the employees at each school absorbed by the Lakewood Unified School District?

A: Classified employees (non-teaching) shall become employees of the Lakewood Unified School District. Their salaries and benefits must remain the same.

Certified employees (teachers) must be offered a job by the Lakewood Unified School District. Salaries and benefits are negotiable. They have the option of remaining with their original district.
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Q: Will the Lakewood Unified School District continue to have magnet programs?

Although the issue of school programs is one which has to be decided by the school board, we are confident that the Lakewood Unified School District will have sufficient resources to provide magnet programs which are similar to those currently offered. Additionally, we firmly believe that the creation of the district will result in a higher quality of "base" education which is provided to all students and not just those in special programs.

Programs for children with special needs will, of course, continue since they are required by state and federal law.
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Q: How will the Lakewood Unified School District be funded?

A: The Lakewood Unified School District will be funded the same way the current school districts are funded, with money from the State. Property taxes are collected by the State of California and are then reallocated to each school district in the state based upon the average daily attendance. The formation of the Lakewood Unified School District will simply result in a reallocation of the funds currently being paid to the existing school districts for those pupils attending residing in the proposed Lakewood Unified School District to the new district.
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Q: Will taxes have to be raised to pay for the creation of the Lakewood Unified School District?

A: The Lakewood Unified School District will be funded by taxes we already pay which are going to the long Beach Unified, Bellflower Unified, Paramount Unified, and ABC Unified school districts. Creating our own district will merely divert the funds from them to our own district. We see no need for tax increases. Return to Top of Page


The Process

STEP PROCEDURE
1 Draw up a map showing the proposed school district boundaries.
2 Submit map and petition for approval by County.
3 Preparation of Petitions by County Committee on Reorganization (20-30 days).
4 Circulate Petition and obtain signatures of 25% of electors in territory or petition by majority of School Board members in affected districts.
5 County Superintendent finds petition to be sufficient and signed as required. No=end of process. YES= go to STEP 6.
6 County Superintendent sends petition to County Committee.
7 Notification of Public Hearings and Public Description of Petition.
8 Public Hearings held.
(Aug. 5th 1998, 9:00 a.m., Final Report Aug. 26,1998 9:00 a.m.)
9 Review criteria of Education code 35753.
10 County Committee makes its recommendation and sends petition to State Board.
11 Review criteria of Education code 35753
12 Petition approved = go to STEP 13 or disapproved=STOP or appeal.
13 Election Called by the State.
14 New school district takes effect on July 1st the year following the election.


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The Criteria The State Board of Education will use to evaluate the petition

Criterion #1 The new districts will be adequate in terms of number of pupils enrolled. This is 1501 students for a Unified School District. Lakewood Unified School District is expected to have approximately 12,000 students.

Criterion #2 The districts are each organized on the basis of a substantial community identity. This is the very foundation of our desire to form a school district. The City of Lakewood should be served by the Lakewood Unified School District, not four separate school districts (Long Beach, Bellflower, Paramount and ABC Unified School Districts) as we are now.

Criterion #3 The proposal will result in an equitable division of property and facilities of the original district or districts. (a) All property, funds, and obligations, except real property and bonded indebtedness. (by) Real Property: The real property and personal property and fixtures normally situated there shall be the property of the district in which the real property is located.

Criterion #4 The reorganization of the districts will not promote racial or ethnic discrimination or segregation. (The Lakewood Unified School District boundaries will be drawn along city lines and encompass a racially and ethnically diverse community.). Some of the criteria to be considered here are: The number and percentage of pupils in each racial and ethnic group in the affected districts as proposed by the reorganization. The number and percentage of pupils in each racial and ethnic group of the schools of the districts affected. The number and percentage of pupils in each racial and ethnic group in the districts affected with those of other schools in the adjacent areas of the districts affected. The effect of factors such as distance between schools and attendance centers, terrain, and geographic features that may involve safety hazards to pupils, capacity of schools, and related conditions or circumstances that may have an effect on the feasibility of integration of the affected schools. (this is a sample of some of the considerations, and is not all inclusive).

Criterion #5 The proposed reorganization will not result in any substantial increase in cost to the state.


Criterion #6 The proposed reorganization will not significantly disrupt the educational programs in the proposed district and districts affected by the proposed reorganization and will continue or promote sound education performance in those districts.

Criterion #7 The proposed reorganization will not result in a significant increase in school housing costs. The County Committee should evaluate the affected districts' school housing needs and the long-range facilities plans of meeting the current and projected facilities requirements including: local bonding capacity; developer fee income; surplus property asset management; eligibility for state School Building Aid; deferred maintenance, modernization, and reconstruction needs; the portion of costs for additional housing to be assumed by state and local programs.

Criterion #8 The proposed reorganization is not primarily designed to result in a significant increase in property value causing financial advantage to property owners because territory was transferred from one school district to an adjoining district.

Criterion #9 The proposed reorganization will not negatively affect the fiscal management or fiscal status of the proposed district or any existing district affected by the proposed reorganization.
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Q: Is there any way I can help?

A: Absolutely! We have organized throughout the area and need all of the help we can get. There will be no shortage of task to be performed as we progress. Please contact us to join the list of Lakewood Unified School District Supporters at (562) 496-3559


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