On November 8, 2016, voters of the Santa Cruz City Schools overwhelmingly passed the Measure A and B Bonds to support the facilities needs of the local schools in our community. Measure A supports local middle and high schools, while Measure B will fund improvements at the elementary campuses. Both required a 55% supermajority vote to pass: Measure A was favorably approved with a 75.8% vote for "yes" and Measure B received similar support with a "yes" vote of 79.5%. Proposition 39 allows the District to sell $140,000,000 (Measure A) and $68,000,000 (Measure B) through a series of bond sales. The first bond installment was successfully sold on February 23, 2017. Facilities improvements will be implemented in phases in accordance with the SCCS's Facilities Master Plan.
Measure A Ballot Language
To upgrade local middle and high school science classrooms, science labs, and career training facilities, and technology infrastructure to support student achievement in math, science, engineering, English, social studies, visual/performing arts, technology, and skilled trades; acquire, renovate, construct/equip classrooms, sites/facilities; and improve school safety, security and disabled access; shall Santa Cruz City High School District issue $140 million in bonds at legal interest rates, with independent citizen oversight, annual audits, and all funds benefitting local middle and high schools?
Measure B Ballot Language
To repair/upgrade neighborhood elementary school classrooms and facilities, including deteriorated roofs, plumbing, and electrical systems; remove hazardous materials; renovate, construct/equip, acquire classrooms, facilities and technology infrastructure to support programs in reading, math, science, arts and technology; improve school safety/security; and replace outdated portables with modern classrooms; shall Santa Cruz Elementary School District issue $68 million in bonds at legal interest rates, with independent citizen oversight, annual audits, and all funds dedicated locally to Santa Cruz elementary schools?
As a result of the passages of Measures A and B, the Santa Cruz City Schools' Board of Education will establish an independent Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee (CBOC). In accordance with Education Code Section 15278(b), the Measures A/B Bond Citizens' Oversight Committee shall inform the public concerning the expenditure of bond revenues.