$52M for School Improvement.
According to Bonnie Eslinger’s article in the San Jose Mercury news last week, the San Carlos School District Board is leaning toward putting a bond measure on November’s ballot that will raise approximately $52M for San Carlos schools. The District got positive feedback from the majority of the 400+ registered voters that were polled would said they would vote favorably for an additional assessment of about $26 per $100,000 of the assessed value of their property. This money would be used to upgrade the facilities and classroom equipment, as well as add capacity to handle the increasing number of students the district expects in the coming years.
In that respect, the characteristics that make San Carlos such a desirable place to live have become the district’s biggest problem to solve. As California continues to slash education budgets, home buyers with school-age children are forced to push the quality of the school district to the top of their priority list when selecting where they will buy a home. This factor, combined with the other great attributes of San Carlos — such as location, downtown and weather — has resulted in a significant uptick in number of families buying homes in San Carlos, and the number of children slated to attend school here in the coming years. The impact is already being felt, as nearly every school in the district is grappling with over-enrollment issues.
How Will You Vote?
If the School Board proceeds with a bond measure in the November election, as many believe they will do, how will you vote? This isn’t the first time that San Carlos residents have been down this path — there are already two separate assessments for the school district that are attached to every property in San Carlos right now. And every time the topic of a school bond measure is tabled, there’s certainly spirited debate to follow.
There’s a new poll at the top of the site — be sure to vote which direction you’ll go in November if the measure becomes a reality, and feel free to weigh in with any comments…
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