Elk Grove School Bond Initiative Measure M

Elk Grove School Bond Initiative Measure M

 

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This November voters in the Elk Grove Unified School District will be voting on Measure M which will provide funding to update and improve schools in the district. 

Where will the funds go? Find out the improvements for each school,  Measure M

 

Argument in favor of Measure M

Vote Yes on Measure M to protect and improve the quality of education that Elk Grove Unified School District provides local students.

 

Elk Grove Unified School District schools have successfully educated generations of local children, but many of our schools are more than forty years old. While the District has done a good job maintaining our local schools over the years, necessary repairs and renovations are beyond the point of general maintenance. Unlike most other schools in California, Elk Grove Unified School District has never asked voters for general obligation bond money to improve local schools.

 

We need to give our students a competitive edge.  Measure M is the result of years of careful planning and will authorize a prudent plan for schools and help retain the very best teachers.

 

Measure M will make improvements at every school in the District.   It will make our schools safer; it will repair aging infrastructure and update classroom instructional technology for improved student learning in subjects like science, math, technology, and career technical education courses. To review the detailed plan for Measure M go to http://www.egusd.net/discover_egusd/Departments/fap.cfm.

 

All Measure M funds stay local, benefitting only local schools. Measure M also qualifies our community to receive state matching funds, without Measure M, state matching funds will be lost to other districts.

 

Taxpayer protections are required. Measure M is for school facility improvements only. Funds cannot be spent on salaries or pensions. Independent Citizens’ Oversight, mandatory audits and public reports will ensure funds are spent properly.

 

Whether you have children in school or not, protecting our local schools makes sense. Good schools protect and increase property values, keep our community safe and strong, and create a skilled workforce.

 

Join teachers, parents, business and community leaders and residents to support quality schools and improved education of local children. Vote YES on Measure M for safe, quality schools.

 

www.CitizensforExcellentEGUSDSchools.com

 

Bobbie Singh-Allen
President, Elk Grove Unified School District Board of Education

 

Elizabeth Pinkerton

Historian and Writer, 58 year Elk Grove Unified School District Resident

 

Michael Zehnder

Retired Battalion Chief, Cosumnes Community Services District, 62 year Elk Grove Unified School District Resident

 

David Herburger

Chairman of the Board, Elk Grove Chamber of Commerce, Publisher, Elk Grove Citizen

 

Tim Smith

District, County, and State Teacher of the Year, Elk Grove Education Association Member

 

Rebuttal to Measure M opposition

Measure M’s opponents have failed to rely on facts. Don’t be deceived by their politically motivated and intentionally misleading statements.   M is not a burden on taxpayers, it’s a critical continued investment in our children, community, and local public schools aimed at protecting property values and supporting increased student achievement and effective teaching and learning.

 

Here are the facts:

 

Fact: Measure M is the result of two years of detailed planning at every school site in the Elk Grove Unified School District. The measure is supported by a 562 page Facilities Master Plan that catalogues the work to be performed at every school in the district. Measure M was the product of a transparent two year process that included community members, school sites, parents, and voter outreach to develop priorities and bond structuring.  Measure M is purely focused on our existing aging schools and gives clear priority to them. Read the detailed plan at http://www.egusd.net

 

Fact: Elk Grove Unified has never asked local residents to support a general obligation school bond (nearly every other District in the state has multiple bonds). Measure M creates funds that must be spent locally and that are subject to oversight from an independent citizen’s oversight committee. Without Measure M millions of State matching dollars will be lost to neighboring districts and the benefit to our local community and economy be will lost.  State matching funds will double Measure M’s value and impact.

 

Fact: Elk Grove Unified School District is proud of its earned reputation of fiscal responsibility, efficiency, and prudent use of limited resources. This tradition of fiduciary duty is evident in the fact that the structure of Measure M is less than 2/3rds of the legally permissible level.

 

Fact: Many our schools are more than 40 years old. Basic repairs such as fixing leaky roofs, upgrading plumbing and sewer systems, upgrading heating and air systems are needed across the District.   Measure M will also improve campus safety and help to relieve overcrowding.

 

Fact: Whether you have children in school or not, protecting our local schools makes sense. Good schools protect and increase property values, keep our community safe and strong, and create a skilled workforce.

 

Join the thousands of teachers, parents, business and community leaders and residents who’ve come together to support Measure M. Vote YES for safe, quality schools.

 

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2 Comments

  1. Tom Brown says:

    If this passes will the money be “in addition to” or “instead of” existing school funding?

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