Wiseburn Unified School District Formation, Measure W (November 2013)

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A Wiseburn Unified School District Formation, Measure W ballot question was on the November 5, 2013, election ballot for voters in the Wiseburn School District and part of the Centinela Valley Union High School District in Los Angeles County, which is in California. It was overwhelmingly approved.

This measure incorporated part of what was the Centinela Valley Union High School District into the Wiseburn School District forming the Wiseburn Unified School District, which was designed to offer high school education as well as elementary education. The State Board of Education approved the Environmental impact Report for Wiseburn Unification in May of 2013 and authorized this election. Unification and the formation of Wiseburn Unified School District was set to take effect on July 1, 2014. The measure dissolved the current Wiseburn School District Board of Trustees, but they expressed plans to run for re-election as board members of the new district.[1][2][3]

In 2010, Wiseburn voters approved a school bond measure to fund the construction of Wiseburn High School. The school's site was purchased in 2013, and the high school was expected to open the summer of 2016.[3]

Election results

Measure W
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 1,579 92.77%
No1237.23%
These final, certified results are from the Los Angeles County elections office.

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

Shall the Wiseburn School District be reorganized to form the Wiseburn Unified School District from part of the territory formerly covered by the Centinela Valley Union High School District?[1][4]

Support

Supporters

  • Unify Wiseburn

Below is a list of those who signed the official arguments in favor of Measure W:

  • Lydia Rodriguez, Chief Petitioner
  • Linda Cuesta, Chief Petitioner
  • Shavonda Webber-Christmas, Chief Petitioner
  • Nelson Martinez, President of the Board of Trustees
  • Roger Banuelos, Clerk of the Board of Trustees

Arguments in favor

Supporters argued that the current Wiseburn School District offered excellent and "unparalleled" K-8 instruction and a small, nurturing environment, resulting in greater performance of preparedness in children. They proposed that it was in the best interest of children to have the same opportunities through high school, making unification the best option for the district going forward.[2]

The official arguments in favor of Measure W pointed to the following data:[3]

  • Only 75 Wiseburn students attend Centinela Valley High Schools, but all Wiseburn residents have to pay for construction bonds for the Centinela District.
  • Less than 10% of Wiseburn highschool graduates graduate from Centinela Valley high schools.
  • In 2012 Wiseburn had an Academic Performance Index (API) score of 882, while Centinela Valley had an API of only 698.

Using this data, proponents argued that the education Wiseburn children would receive at a Wiseburn High school would be much better and the approval of Measure W would eliminate unfair taxation of Wiseburn residents.[3]

ElectionForum.com endorsed Measure W.[5]

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