Potential Measure

Addressing School Facilities Needs – Information About Potential Local School Improvement Measure


Addressing Overcrowding and Safety Needs in Our Schools

While we’re proud of our award-winning schools, crowded schools are making it harder for students to learn and are reducing the amount of time teachers spend with students. Several of our schools now serve more than 900 students and are now at, or over, their original capacity.

We need to build additional classrooms and school facilities to reduce overcrowding in our schools.

Many schools also need safety and security improvements to better protect our students. Security fencing and cameras, emergency communications systems, smoke detectors, fire alarms, and sprinklers all require repairs and updates to ensure safe schools for all students.

 

Local Funding to Improve VESD Schools

To address overcrowding and improve student safety, the VESD Board of Trustees is considering placing a $48 million school improvement bond measure on an upcoming 2020 ballot. If approved by 55% of voters, a potential measure would:

  • Improve student safety and campus security systems at all schools
  • Install security hardware at all schools to prevent access during an emergency
  • Provide the classrooms, facilities, and technology needed to support high-quality instruction in science, technology, engineering, arts and math
  • Construct classrooms and school facilities to relieve overcrowding

 

Clear System of Fiscal Accountability 

A measure would cost property owners approximately $19 per $100,000 of assessed (not market) value per year, while bonds are outstanding. All funds would be required to stay local to support VESD schools and could not be taken away by the State. A project list, Citizens’ Oversight Committee, and independent audits would be required. By law, no money could be used for administrators’ salaries or benefits. 

 

Fiscal Responsibility and Transparency

Fiscal Responsibility

 

Tell Us What You Think – Take Our Survey! 

Community feedback is critical as we explore options for addressing our school facilities' needs. Let us know your priorities for our schools and take our survey here or o aqui en español.

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Questions? 

Please contact Eric Camarena, Public Information Officer, at potentialmeasure@vesd.net with comments or questions. 

 

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