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FAQ - Potential Facilities Bond Measure

Supporting Student Success in Cabrillo Unified School District

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How are our Coastside schools doing?

Cabrillo Unified School District (CUSD) has provided quality education to local students for over 50 years. Our elementary schools, intermediate school and high schools ensure graduates are prepared for their futures. Great schools keep our property values high and our community strong.

What challenges are facing our Coastside schools?

Our community’s support has equipped our schools to provide an outstanding education. Local voters passed Measure S in 2012, which performed essential safety repairs and updates on classrooms and facilities.

Though Measure S funding made a significant impact, our Coastside schools still have urgent needs that must be addressed to maintain academic excellence. Some of our elementary schools have been updated, but others are nearly 50 years old and badly in need of improvements. We must ensure all schools have up-to-date science labs, computers and learning technology, as well as modern classrooms that will attract and retain the best teachers and staff.

How does CUSD plan address these challenges?

In order to maintain and improve our school facilities, the CUSD Governing Board is considering placing a $99 million education bond measure on an upcoming ballot. If passed, a bond measure would allow our District to complete identified school repairs and become eligible for millions in state matching funds.

Can’t the State fund school facility improvements?

Unfortunately, we cannot rely on the State to fund these necessary repairs in our local Coastside schools. In order to maintain high-quality educational facilities and ensure our schools get the updates our students need, local funding is needed.

What specific projects could a potential measure fund?

If approved by local voters, this measure could:

  • Replace leaky roofs
  • Keep schools clean, well maintained and in good condition
  • Perform essential safety repairs and maintenance on classrooms and facilities
  • Update classrooms and science labs
  • Upgrade fire and earthquake safety
  • Equip classrooms with 21st-century learning technology

How do we know funds from a bond measure would be spent wisely?

The measure includes the same fiscal accountability provisions that were included in 2012’s Measure S, for which the Citizens’ Oversight Committee reported all funds were spent as promised. These fiscal accountability provisions include:

  • All funds raised from this measure would go directly to local classrooms and school facilities – no money could be taken by the State
  • This measure includes annual audits and mandatory citizen oversight
  • No funding could be used for administrators’ salaries

How much would the measure cost?

The annual cost of the measure is estimated to be $52 per $100,000 in assessed (not market) property value. Assessed value is determined by the San Mateo County Assessor, and is often much closer to the original purchase price of the home than to today’s market value, which can help seniors who have been in their homes a long time.

Would all funds benefit our CUSD schools?

Yes. All funds would be locally controlled and would benefit CUSD elementary, intermediate and high schools. No funding could be taken away by the State or used for other purposes.

Is there any other way to maintain and improve our schools?

Our District has very few options when it comes to funding the necessary maintenance that our schools need. We can’t rely on the State to complete these repairs, and redirecting funds in the current budget would take resources out of our classrooms and away from our students.

A local education bond measure would provide the local funding needed to maintain and update school facilities to ensure we can provide a safe, modern learning environment for our students. The CUSD Governing Board is considering placing this measure on the ballot to continue offering high-quality education for local students and to prepare them for future success.

When will I be able to vote on this measure?

Though no final decisions have been made, the Governing Board is considering placing a measure on the ballot in the June 5, 2018 election. All registered voters in Cabrillo Unified School District would be eligible to vote on this measure.

What level of support would the measure need to pass?

This measure would need to be supported by 55% of those who vote on it in order to pass.

How can I register to vote or learn more about voting?

You can register to vote at www.registertovote.ca.gov. To find out more about voting in this election, please contact the San Mateo County Registrar of Voters at (650) 312-5222 or visit www.ShapeTheFuture.org.

How can I learn more about our schools?

As we continue planning for the future of CUSD schools, we want to hear from you. Please fill out our community input survey online at www.tinyurl.com/CabrilloSurvey or visit www.cabrillo.k12.ca.us for more information.

 

Posted Nov 2017