Our Schools Require Repairs and Upgrades to Continue Student Success
Aging classrooms and labs, leaking roofs, and fire and earthquake safety systems must be repaired and upgraded to ensure a safe and modern learning environment. Our students deserve upgraded classroom technology to compete in today’s high-tech world. Additional classrooms are critical to accommodate our growing student enrollment.
The District conducted several community information meetings about the potential bond during the month of February. Here is the presentation:
Local Funding to Upgrade CUSD Schools
To protect strong student achievement, student enrollment growth and update local schools, the Board of Education placed a $220 million school repair bond measure on the June 2012 ballot. The Registrar of Voters website shows that Measure H has passed with over 65% of voter support. The District would like to thank all of the volunteers who worked countless hours rallying the community in support of the Measure!
By law, the measure would annually cost local property owners no more than $30 per $100,000, based on assessed valuation as determined by the Santa Clara County Assessor’s Office. Please note that there is no senior exemption option available for facility repair bonds.
This School Repair Measure Will:
- Fix leaky roofs
- Upgrade earthquake and fire safety systems
- Remove potentially hazardous materials from old school structures
- Keep schools clean and well-maintained
- Update science labs, computers and educational technology, so our students are prepared for the 21st-century
- Accommodate student growth by providing additional classrooms
Specifically, the scope of the facilities repairs and upgrades fall in seven major categories:
- Growth Accommodation
- Code, Health, and Safety
- Envelope (Integrity of Building Exteriors - Paint, Doors, Locks, etc.)
- Site Work (Infrastructure and Play Surfaces)
- Support Facilities (Non-Classroom Buildings)
- District Wide Improvements (Technology Infrastructure, Equipment, etc.)
Proposed Bond Projects Summary Overview List - A summary list of all estimated expenditures in the above seven categories.
Fiscal Accountability is Included
- A Citizens’ Oversight Committee and annual audits will ensure all funds are spent to repair and upgrade CUSD school facilities
- No funds could be used for administrators’ salaries
- All funds will go directly to CUSD and cannot be taken away by the State
- This measure will help our schools qualify for future State matching funds
The Board of Education of the Cupertino Union School District is seeking qualified, interested individuals to serve on a committee of community leaders which will serve as the independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee for the implementation of the District’s Measure H school facilities bond program. Additional information is available here.
A History of Fiscal Accountability
In June 2001, the Cupertino Union School District passed Measure “C,” an $80 million facilities general obligation bond to address immediate school and classroom needs at the time. The passage of Measure C allowed our District to qualify for $33 million in State matching funds, along with $2 million in interest and funding growth.
When all projects were completed in 2006, the independent citizens' oversight committee for Measure C determined that the District met the facilities repair commitments established in the project list for the bond. Annual audits confirmed that all funds were used to complete voter-approved school repairs on time and within budget.
Citizens' Oversight Committee
One element of Measure C was to create an Independent Oversight Committee designated by the Board of Education to ensure the proper expenditures of bond dollars. The purpose of the Community Bond Oversight Committee was to monitor the expenditure of the Measure C proceeds and provide reports to the community. The Committee was formed to consist of at least seven community members to serve for a two year term and for no more than two consecutive terms.
The committee met quarterly and presented an annual report to the Board of Education.