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Landslide victory for high school bond measure

Measure A bond will provide $41.3 million to Mountain View and Los Altos high school construction projects

Supporters of Measure A made their voices heard yesterday, soundly approving the bond, which will help build new classrooms, labs and other facilities, as well as improve school infrastructure at both Mountain View and Los Altos high schools.

Nearly 77 percent of the 15,484 votes cast were in favor of the $41.3 million school bond measure, which passed, 12,640 to 3,844. The measure needed only 55 percent of the vote to carry.

"I'm really pleased that our community showed such support for their local public high schools," said Barry Groves, superintendent of the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District.

Measure A will not raise taxes to generate the "modest" $41.3 million, Groves said. Instead, the bond introduces a six-year extension on the taxes residents have been paying on Measure D, a similar school bond passed in 1995 to provide MVLAUSD with money to build classrooms, labs and other facilities to accommodate about 1,800 students at Mountain View and Los Altos high schools, respectively. Measure D payments were scheduled to end in 2024. The new bond measure will extend those tax payments until 2030.

Julia Rosenberg, chair of Building Education for Students Together, said the bond will help build 12-15 classrooms and labs on each campus and pay for the installation of solar panels, which will provide an estimated $400,000 annual savings to the district. It will also provide the funds to overhaul Mountain View High School's pool. Currently, she said, the pool is inadequate for water polo competition.

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In all, Rosenberg said, the construction projects funded by Measure A will make room for the anticipated growth of the student body -- 900 kids over the next 10 years.

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Landslide victory for high school bond measure

Measure A bond will provide $41.3 million to Mountain View and Los Altos high school construction projects

by / Mountain View Voice

Uploaded: Wed, Jun 9, 2010, 10:09 am

Supporters of Measure A made their voices heard yesterday, soundly approving the bond, which will help build new classrooms, labs and other facilities, as well as improve school infrastructure at both Mountain View and Los Altos high schools.

Nearly 77 percent of the 15,484 votes cast were in favor of the $41.3 million school bond measure, which passed, 12,640 to 3,844. The measure needed only 55 percent of the vote to carry.

"I'm really pleased that our community showed such support for their local public high schools," said Barry Groves, superintendent of the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District.

Measure A will not raise taxes to generate the "modest" $41.3 million, Groves said. Instead, the bond introduces a six-year extension on the taxes residents have been paying on Measure D, a similar school bond passed in 1995 to provide MVLAUSD with money to build classrooms, labs and other facilities to accommodate about 1,800 students at Mountain View and Los Altos high schools, respectively. Measure D payments were scheduled to end in 2024. The new bond measure will extend those tax payments until 2030.

Julia Rosenberg, chair of Building Education for Students Together, said the bond will help build 12-15 classrooms and labs on each campus and pay for the installation of solar panels, which will provide an estimated $400,000 annual savings to the district. It will also provide the funds to overhaul Mountain View High School's pool. Currently, she said, the pool is inadequate for water polo competition.

In all, Rosenberg said, the construction projects funded by Measure A will make room for the anticipated growth of the student body -- 900 kids over the next 10 years.

Measure A passes

Comments

Marti
Martens-Carmelita
on Jun 9, 2010 at 1:08 pm
Marti, Martens-Carmelita
on Jun 9, 2010 at 1:08 pm

This is Great! Thanks to all who voted for Measure A.


James
Whisman Station
on Jun 9, 2010 at 1:22 pm
James, Whisman Station
on Jun 9, 2010 at 1:22 pm


I think it's clear that people who care about schools tend to vote in larger numbers than those who don't. They should go ahead and put a measure on the November ballot to raise the parcel tax to a level where the districts (MVLA,MVW) are properly funded.


Parent
Waverly Park
on Jun 9, 2010 at 2:49 pm
Parent, Waverly Park
on Jun 9, 2010 at 2:49 pm

@James: One big parcel tax measure to provide adequate funding would be nice, I agree. But while recent bond and tax elections have received overwhelming support, it's not always that way. In my 16 years as a local parent I have seen one bond measure (MVLA HS, prior to Measure D in 1995) and two parcel tax measures (one for LASD and one for MVWSD) fail by very narrow margins. So districts have to be judicious and go for these measures when they can really justify them. Especially when considering parcel taxes -- meeting that supermajority is a very high bar.


vfree
Waverly Park
on Jun 9, 2010 at 2:57 pm
vfree, Waverly Park
on Jun 9, 2010 at 2:57 pm

1. It's sad only 15,000 voters took the time to vote.
2. It's sad the $41 million will not fix our schools.


steve
Old Mountain View
on Jun 9, 2010 at 3:30 pm
steve, Old Mountain View
on Jun 9, 2010 at 3:30 pm

Just a little reminder that 53% of state education funds go to administration costs. Ever try running a business with 53% overhead?

Bonds just push debt onto very kids we are supposedly trying to help. It may make you feel good about yourself, but it is ultimately hypocritical.

We will never fix our problems until Californians realize that the issue isn't taxing more or increasing state debt by selling more bonds, but rather fixing the gross inefficiencies and outright waste that is inherent in the system, and by cutting programs, benefits entitlements where they make utterly no sense. Unless we do this, this state will become bankrupt. How will that work out for your kids?


eric
another community
on Jun 9, 2010 at 3:40 pm
eric, another community
on Jun 9, 2010 at 3:40 pm

You need to back that stat up, Steve


the299crew
Old Mountain View
on Jun 10, 2010 at 11:04 am
the299crew, Old Mountain View
on Jun 10, 2010 at 11:04 am

Steve:

I'll back it up. Bonds are good for certain things, especially for the investors. For the borrowers, in this case the schools, with no real business or other income growth, the provebial can is just kicked down the road. For Measure A's can, our kids will be kicking that one down El Camino way out into the future.


Question
Waverly Park
on Jun 12, 2010 at 11:40 am
Question, Waverly Park
on Jun 12, 2010 at 11:40 am

I do not see any way for schools to build or improve campuses other than bonds. It's simply not possible to "save" enough money to pay for millions of dollars in construction.

And when you say 53% overhead -- what are the specific items you consider overhead? I would think just about all of a school's budget is overhead. There's no profit involved. Salaries, books, supplies, utilities. That's pretty much it. What would "non-overhead" costs be for a school?


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