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San Mateo Union High School District
55% Approval Required
Pass: 43,251 / 61.9% Yes votes ...... 26,603 / 38.1% No votes
Index of all Measures
Results as of Jan 6 3:01pm, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (162/162)|
65.3% Voter Turnout (226,259/346,516)
|Information shown below: Official Information | Arguments ||
To better prepare local students for college/ 21st century jobs, shall San Mateo Union High School District provide classrooms/ labs for science, math, and job-training, update educational facilities to meet current safety codes, provide modern classroom technology/ computers, support academic programs/ teachers by eliminating debt, and repair, construct and acquire equipment, sites, schools/ facilities, by issuing $186,000,000 in bonds at legal rates, with citizen oversight, no money for administrators' salaries and all funds supporting only local schools?
|Arguments For Measure O||Arguments Against Measure O|
|Vote Yes on O to continue strong student achievement in our local high schools with funding that cannot be taken away by the state or used for administrators' salaries.
Our community believes in providing students with a high quality education so they graduate prepared for college and 21st century careers. Many families move here for the quality of our San Mateo Union High School District schools, protecting everyone's property values.
Continuing quality education in our community depends on attracting and retaining qualified teachers, as well as providing safe, modern classrooms with updated technology.
That is why voting Yes on O is so important. It will provide a modern learning environment and updated technology for all high school students, including hands-on job training opportunities.
Measure O will also create local construction jobs, boost economic activity, and help protect teacher and staff jobs in our schools.
Vote Yes on Measure O:
/s/ Cindy Montgomery, SMUMSP Parent Teacher Organization Council President
/s/ Mildred K. Swanson, Juvenile Justice Commissioner
/s/ Craig Childress, Teachers Association President
/s/ Dave Pine, President, San Mateo Union High School District Board
/s/ Jack Van Etten, Retired Burlingame Police Chief
At the completion of Measure M, each of the six comprehensive high schools will have new and/or remodeled, seismically safe, modern buildings, classrooms, labs, new or expanded libraries, gyms, theaters, cafeterias, be accessibility and safety compliant, energy efficient, and have security systems. Some will have new fields and landscaping.
So what is Measure O for?
There are no "urgent and critical" needs that justify an $186,000,000 bond.
Unlike previous bonds, the project list fails to state where improvements would be made.
Measure O is about:
Vote No on O
|Voters already generously support the San Mateo Union High School District:
Measure D, 2000: $137,500,000 "to repair and rehabilitate school facilities..." Measure M, 2006: $298,000,000 ... renovation of buildings and facilities"
The San Mateo Union High School District now asks for another $186,000,000!
Bond total since 2000 if Measure O passes: $621,500,000
With interest, the total cost to taxpayers would be over $1 BILLION. That's $115,000 for each class of the district's current 8,600 students or over $3 million per 27-student class.
All this debt - in just 11 years!
You and your children will be paying it down for decades to come!
The federal government is spending money it does not have. Our state is broke for the same reason. There is not much you, the voter, can do about either but you can vote to limit this district's unsustainable, eye-popping long term debt:
Vote NO on Measure O
The San Mateo Union High School District pleads poverty but its general fund revenue per student has risen from $9,056 in 2000-2001 to $12,480 in 2008-2009*, a 38% increase well above inflation. The district should set aside excess revenue in good times to pay for future needs, rather than spending like there is no tomorrow - and then expecting taxpayers to provide yet another bailout.
The San Mateo Union High School District must live within its means - as we do --- in these uncertain times.
/s/ Raymond Bell, Libertarian Party of San Mateo County
/s/ Don Pettengill, San Mateo Resident
/s/ Kevin Peterson, Software Engineer
Our area is known for great schools. Families moved here and stayed for decades because of our schools. We can't sit back and do nothing while ongoing state imposed budget cuts impact math, science, job training, and other instruction our students need today. And, we can't wait for the state government to update our local high schools and prepare students for the 21st century.
Measure O will provide vital investment in 21st-century learning tools and technology that our students need for higher education and tomorrow's jobs. It will update aging classrooms used for job training and basic classes like math, reading, and writing. Measure O will improve science and computer labs, disabled student access, and fire safety.
Measure O provides local funding that the State can't take away and guarantees improvements to our high schools. All projects will be subject to oversight by an independent committee of local citizens. Also, Measure O will give local high schools the opportunity to apply for millions in state matching funds - resources that otherwise will go to other parts of California.
Our schools and our students need our support today. Measure O is a small investment for each of us that will pay huge dividends to our students, our local high schools, and our entire community.
Please join us: Vote YES on O.
/s/ Michael Loy, Chair, SMUHSD Bond Oversight Committee
/s/ Mary Griffin, Former San Mateo County Supervisor
/s/ Mark D. Hudak, Board Member, San Mateo-Foster City School District
/s/ Monica Diaz, Capuchino High School, PTO Co-President
/s/ Heidi Bowman, Accountant & Businessowner