Measure BB: Investing in Excellence
From the Superintendent
Dear Families and Community Members,
Thank you for your continued interest and for sharing your opinions regarding our local Santa Clara Unified School District (SCUSD) schools.
We are proud of the innovative teaching and learning we provide our students here in the heart of Silicon Valley, with public schools serving Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, San Jose, and Cupertino. We are committed to preparing students to succeed in an ever-changing world and we are succeeding. Several of our schools have received California Distinguished School awards and every year, our students, staff, and programs are recognized for excelling.
Your opinions have helped us in developing a plan to address our most critical facilities needs. Our comprehensive Facilities Needs Summary involves input from constituents across our community from our five-year strategic plan, your input through our mail survey, online questionnaire, and direct individual conversations. We are proud to announce the Facilities Needs Summary was adopted by the board on January 25, 2018.
Our locally elected school board made an important decision on August 7, 2018, regarding a prudent, community-responsive general obligation bond package to generate revenue for some of the high priority repairs and upgrades detailed in the Facilities Needs Summary.
For more information on Measure BB, please spend time exploring this webpage.
Stanley Rose III, Ed.D.
Facts about Measure BB
Santa Clara Unified School District (SCUSD) provides a high-quality education to local K-12 students from the cities of Santa Clara and Sunnyvale, as well as portions of San Jose and unincorporated Santa Clara County. We are proud of the innovative teaching and learning we provide our students in the heart of Silicon Valley.
We strive to prepare our students for success in college and the careers of the future. However, local school facilities have grown old and are now in critical need of repair and modernization. There is a long list of projects to complete in order to ensure all schools meet new and future standards.
Our goal is to provide students at all 28 of our school sites with equal access to modern, high-quality classrooms, educational facilities, and instructional technology. Measure BB, a $720 million facilities bond, will generate the funds to improve our schools.
Measure BB Defined
On August 7, 2018, the SCUSD Board of Trustees voted to place Measure BB on the November 2018 ballot. Measure BB seeks authorization to fund critically needed safety and modernization projects. Proceeds from the $720 million bond, as proposed, will be spent modernizing classrooms and classroom technologies at our 28 school sites to support high-quality instruction in science, technology, engineering, and math; repairing aging and outdated facilities; and upgrading older schools so they meet the same safety and academic standards as newer schools.
Passage of the measure will also qualify SCUSD for additional state matching funds, leveraging local taxpayer dollars even further. Measure BB requires 55% support to pass. A “YES vote” approves funding for the District’s plan to improve facilities and technology in our 28 school sites; a “NO vote” rejects the plan. All SCUSD voters registered by October 22 will be eligible to vote on Measure BB.
Official Measure BB Ballot Question
“To construct classrooms, labs, and school libraries to support student achievement, college readiness, and career training in math, science, engineering, technology, and arts; acquire, renovate, construct and equip facilities to improve older schools; to fix deteriorating roofs, plumbing and electrical systems, shall Santa Clara Unified School District issue $720 million in bonds, raising approximately 5 cents/$100 of assessed value ($45 million annually) for 32 years to improve local schools, with independent citizen oversight, and all money staying local?”
Measure BB will:
- Build science and engineering labs and career technical education facilities so students are prepared for college and in-demand careers.
- Repair and replace leaky roofs, old rusty plumbing, and faulty electrical and air conditioning systems.
- Upgrade older schools so they meet the same safety and academic standards as newer schools.
- Provide the facilities and technology needed to support high-quality instruction in science, technology, engineering, art, and math.
- Improve access to school facilities for students with disabilities.
- Secure school campuses by improving fencing, security cameras, emergency communications systems, smoke detectors, fire alarms, and sprinklers.
- By law, ALL Measure BB funds STAY LOCAL dedicated to SCUSD schools ONLY. These funds cannot be taken away by the State or used for other purposes.
- Measure BB funds are for classrooms and facilities upgrades, technology improvements and equipment only.
- A clear system of accountability is required, including a specific project list detailing how the money will be used, independent citizens’ oversight, and annual financial audits to ensure funds are spent as promised.
Maintaining and improving our local school facilities improves the quality of education, which protects property values and keep our community strong.
The District developed a detailed plan to address critical facilities needs using input you shared in our facilities feedback survey during Fall 2017. Please take a look at the survey results in our school facilities update publication from Spring 2018. Your opinions matter to us and we appreciate your feedback.
Board to Vote on Ballot Measure
On February 27, the Board of Trustees decided to postpone the decision of whether to call for a general obligation bond election until August 7, 2018, to fund much-needed and ongoing facility improvements.
Board Vote on Ballot Measure
On August 7, 2018, the Board of Trustees voted to place a prudent and community-responsive $720 million general obligation bond -- Measure BB -- on the November 2018 voter ballot. If approved by the voters, these funds will go a long way in meeting our estimated $1.5 billion dollars of identified facilities needs.