On Monday, August 1, the Elk Grove Unified School District Board of Trustees will decide whether to place a $500 million bond on the November ballot. The closed session of the meeting begins at 8:30 am followed by the open session at 9:30.
From the EGUSD website, “The Elk Grove Unified School District serves a vast community, serving the Cities of Elk Grove, Rancho Cordova, and Sacramento as well as the County of Sacramento, with a student population of approximately 62,000 in over 60 schools, including 40 elementary schools, nine middle schools, nine high schools, three continuation schools, one independent study program, one charter school, and an adult career training center. The District has a significant number of aging schools, the oldest of which was built in 1935, 15 are over 45 years old, and 37 are over 20 years old. The average age of the District’s school buildings is 22 years old, which marks an age at which school buildings require significant upgrades such as learning environment improvements, building systems require long term maintenance and/or replacement, and in some cases older buildings, especially portables, require replacement. Specifically the District has 520 portable classrooms, 385 of which are over 20 years old exceeding the life expectancy of these “temporary” buildings. The District’s existing school facilities require significant improvements and renovation as well as long term maintenance in order to provide 21st century learning environments that will meet current and future standards. At the same time the District faces significant growth challenges to adequately house all of its current and future students. There are nearly 90,000 new homes currently in planning stages, nearly 20,000 of which are projected to be built in the next 10 years, which will increase the District’s student population by not less than 14,000 students over the same period. A long term solution is needed to address these issues.”
Also on the November ballot is a $9 billion school bond measure from the State of California.The proceeds from the $9 billion in bonds proposed by this initiative would be stored in a 2016 State School Facilities Fund and a 2016 California Community College Capital Outlay Bond Fund. Proceeds would be allocated for the following purposes:
Local voters could be suffering from tax overload at the ballot with a proposed County of Sacramento 1/2% sales tax increase. That requires 66.7% to pass. This past Wednesday, the Elk Grove City Council decided against putting it’s own 1/2% sales tax increase on the ballot.