Information About Potential Local School Improvement Measure
23 days ago
Addressing Overcrowding in Val Verde Schools
While our award-winning schools are some of the best in the County and student achievement continues to rise, overcrowded schools are making it harder for students to learn and reducing the amount of time teachers get to spend with students.
Outdated School Facilities Require Upgrades
Modernizing classrooms and labs would provide the facilities to prepare students with the solid background in science, math, engineering and technology necessary to succeed in college and 21st-century careers.
Improving music, arts and athletic facilities in particular would benefit our community as kids participating in these activities stay healthy, learn discipline and are typically less likely to get involved in drugs, gangs or crime.
Potential Local Funding for School Improvements
The Board of Education is considering placing a $192 million school improvement bond measure on the March 2020 ballot that would cost the typical homeowner about $115 per year.
A potential measure would provide locally-controlled funding to:
Improve student safety and campus security systems including security fencing, security cameras, emergency communications systems, smoke detectors, fire alarms and sprinklers
Improve access to school facilities for students with disabilities
Repair or replace deteriorating roofs, plumbing, sewer lines and electrical systems where needed
Provide modern science and engineering labs, and career technical education facilities so students are prepared for college and in-demand careers
Modernize classrooms, libraries, science labs and computer systems to provide 21st-century learning environments that support high-quality instruction in math, science, engineering and technology
Construct a middle school to relieve severe overcrowding and upgrade older schools so they meet the same academic and safety standards as newer schools
Fiscal Accountability Required
A measure would require a clear system of accountability, including a project list detailing exactly how the funds would be used, a Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee and independent audits.
We Want to Hear from You:
As we evaluate Val Verde schools’ facilities needs, we welcome your comments and questions. Please complete this survey to let us know your priorities for Val Verde schools.
For more details about Val Verde Unified School District’s potential school improvement bond measure, please view the following links: