Measure N School Improvement Bond
In 2016, SLUSD conducted a comprehensive facilities assessment that identified $300 million in critical upgrades and necessary improvements throughout the district.
Measure N, the $198 million bond measure coming before voters on March 3, 2020, would fund essential renovation and new construction projects to upgrade SLUSD schools.
Major facility projects planned for Measure N:
- Replace aging portables by constructing a new classroom building at SLHS
- Constructing a new gymnasium at SLHS with training facilities, locker rooms, and classrooms
- Renovating and modernizing aging classrooms and student support facilities
- Repair deteriorating roofs, plumbing, sewer lines, and electrical systems
- Repairing and modernizing older playgrounds and playfields
- Replace aging portables with modular classrooms at middle schools
- Construct additional classrooms at elementary sites to maintain class sizes
- Install new intercom and bell system at all sites
- Re-roof several school sites
- Resurface blacktop areas
- Redesign drop off areas to improve traffic flow and student safety
- Remodel schools kitchens and install HVAC
- Install new shade shelters and eating areas
- Modernize district athletic fields
- Update district network infrastructure
Modern Technology for Higher Student Achievement and Increased Safety
The measure will provide our students with continued access to modern technology by:
- Acquiring, maintaining and upgrading computers and classroom technology
- Upgrading technology infrastructure including wireless networks and network security
- Maintaining and upgrading educational software
- Improving security and fire alarms and monitoring systems
- Upgrading fire alarms and emergency communication systems
Taxpayer Protections - The measure will impose tough taxpayer protections by:
- Funding technology with short-term bonds so taxpayers won’t be making payments for years into the future for obsolete equipment
- Requiring annual audits and independent taxpayer oversight of the funds
- Prohibiting funds from going to administrators' salaries, pensions or benefits
- Mandating that funds be used locally
- Measure J1 bond was for $104 million. The J1 work has come in on time and budget.
- The state does not provide funds for capital expenditures without a local match.
- $198 million over the next 20 years at an estimated rate of $45 per $100,000 in assessed valuation.
- Current J1 bond is $36 per $100,000 in assessed valuation
- A full, site-specific project projection with a Measure J1 bond project comparison is on the district’s website at https://slusd.us/J1bond.
- The difference between bond measures (55% voter approval necessary) and parcel taxes (66.7% voter approval necessary). Parcel taxes are for operating costs. Bonds are for facilities.