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.