Measure K would help Lone Pine Unified School District

By Deb Murphy

Lone Pine and Independence schools have a lot in common. Both facilities need more than just good maintenance; they need new wiring, compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, plumbing fixes, wiring upgrades, energy efficient windows. The list goes on.

Old windows will be replaced

The major difference between the two: Lone Pine schools are 20 years older.

The Lone Pine Unified School Districts’ answer is Measure K, a $5.9 million general obligation bond on the June 5 ballot. The ask is less than the facilities assessment in the hope matching funds can be used to lure funding from the state, according to Superintendent/Principal Heidi Torix.

Property owners will be paying approximately $60 per $100,000 of assessed value (as opposed to actual market value) over a 30 year period.

Torix hosted a tour of both the high school and Lo-Inyo Elementary school earlier this month. The district also held community forums in Olancha, Alabama Hills and the district offices.

Superintendent Heidi Torix led a tour to point out some of the low points on both campuses, including peeling paint

The elementary school restrooms are just big enough for small students to get in and out with no room for a wheel-chair bound child or one with physical limitations to maneuver. Lighting, faucets, windows are all slated for replacement. Replacing door locks is a safety issue. Paint is peeling. The louvers on the bell tower leak, the plumbing needs serious help.

Anyone with an older home will get this picture.

According to Torix, public comment indicated nobody wanted the high school to look “new.” It won’t. Wood siding will be replaced with materials that look like wood but won’t weather and deteriorate like wood.

The buildings are long overdue for windows, plumbing and wiring upgrades. The science and home ec rooms will be modernized.

The bond would finance an upgraded public address system and add surveillance systems at both campuses.

Wood siding at the high school will replaced with maintenance-free wood-look-alike materials

Like the Independence school district, primary property owners in Lone Pine aren’t individual residents, they’re utilities: Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and, in Lone Pine’s case Coso Geothermal. The complication with the geothermal facility: the value of the property drops as the source of geothermal energy drops. While the district received property taxes in the millions from Coso, last year, the company paid $800,000.

That decline in property values was taken into consideration in structuring Measure K.

 

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One Response to Measure K would help Lone Pine Unified School District

  1. Deb Reese May 23, 2018 at 11:41 am #

    The county needs money, especially the southern end for its hospital and schools, again taxing home owners. The sale of cannabis is legal in this state. These are facts. The sale of alcohol and cigarettes is also legal and no one has a problem with that. If Inyo County’s conservative, old fashion residents weren’t so set in their ways, while they sip on their glass of wine, drink their beer or cocktail, and stop judging something they no nothing about, we could have some new income. Taxes on legal marijuana products are running at 22% from what I can find out. I honestly have not done a lot of research into it but I’m sure county supervisors would in the text that it would bring in would help tremendously. It’s financially irresponsible not to look into it

     

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