We need additional revenue to maintain our exceptional programs and staff
Union School District is one of the lowest funded districts in the state – in fact, we're in the bottom 5 percent for funding. In addition to the low funding levels, we are experiencing rising costs.
Over the past three years we have been confronted with:
- Water bill increase of 69.20 percent
- Pension increase totaling $3.5 million
- Health and welfare increase of more than $2.3 million
We must actively pursue new revenue in order to make sure our district remains one of the best in the state. We are exploring several options to maintain our programs and high-quality educational experience in the face of rising costs and one opportunity is to increase revenue through the lease of unused land.
By leasing, rather than selling unused land, the district has greater freedom regarding how to spend the income. Under the Education Code, if the district sells property, we can use the income only to pay for facilities. With a lease, we can put the income towards books, paying our outstanding teachers, and many other uses other than just facilities.
We are committed to being good neighbors
We would only pursue a project that we feel is beneficial to our community. The assisted living project will be next door to our district office, so it is also important to us that our tenant be a good neighbor to the district.
We put out a request for proposals and one company stood out, because of its 20-year history and commitment to work with our district and the community. We wanted to find a project partner that shared our values and wants to be a good neighbor.
Belmont Village Senior Assisted Living proposed to both develop and operate the senior living facility that is planned for the land. These factors led us to determine that Belmont's proposal was the best for our district and the neighborhood.
Current site: Maintenance Yard
Proposed project: Senior Living Facility
Providing senior care and helping our schools
The Belmont Village Senior Assisted Living project was selected from the request for proposal process that required committee oversight and community input (see Background section for more details). Belmont is a nationally-recognized developer, owner and operator of high-quality senior care facilities.
Belmont is ready to make an investment in our community, by providing needed senior housing and helping the district continue to provide outstanding educational opportunities for our students.
We also expect the project to improve the overall appearance of the site. The maintenance yard is industrial and the buildings on the site are older structures. The senior living facility that is being proposed will be carefully planned and include attractive landscaping and architecture. The overall appearance of the site will be improved.
Overall site plan
Enlarged site plan at the edge of Ross Creek
We’re still early in the process and want your input
We are still in the early stages and there will be more time and opportunities for you to provide comments and input. We value our relationships with our neighbors and will continue to work with you during this project and in the future.
Comments about the proposed plans have been provided by both the city and the community, Belmont will revise its plans and resubmit them to the city for review. Another community meeting is tentatively planned for later in the fall. We will continue to request your input and keep you updated.
Here is the tentative timeline provided by Belmont:
|Continued city review and community outreach
||August 2018-March 2019
|Public hearings and entitlement approval
|Construction drawings, permitting and bidding
||May 2019-May 2020
|Construction and licensing
||May 2020-August 2021
We want to hear from you
If you have any questions, contact Colleen Thompson at email@example.com.
To undertake a project like the Belmont Village Senior Living facility, a committee was formed in the fall of 2016 to make a recommendation to the school board after evaluating the district’s land use. The committee was made up of eleven people in the community who represent the ethnic, age group, and socioeconomic composition of the district, the business community, landowners or renters, teachers, administrators, parents of students, and persons with expertise in environmental impact, legal contracts, building codes, and land use planning. The committee is called a 7-11 committee because by law this type of school district committee must have between 7-11 members.
The 7-11 committee took the following steps, in compliance with District protocols:
- Listened to input from USD attorney and real estate advisors
- Toured the land to view inventory and assess current usage
- Reviewed projected enrollment for the USD to determine future needs
- Reached out to local residents through flyers and the holding of a public hearing
Following the committee’s recommendation, the Board issued a request for proposals for leasing what is known as the corporation yard property. Several proposals were received and Belmont’s plan was selected by the Board. From the creation of the 7-11 committee to the selection of the best proposal, there were eight publicly held meetings.
Project information and outreach materials