Friends of Susanville Schools seek your support for Measure P
The passage of Measure P would provide improved facilities, remodeled classrooms, improvements to heating and cooling systems and modernizations to bring the schools up to current safety codes.
McKinley School was built 57 years ago, a wing was added in 1964 and the school had some modernization of the original building in 1994. Diamond View was built in 1967 and has not been professionally modernized since. The newest school, Meadow View, was built in 1992 and is in good shape at present.
Measure P requires that more than 55 percent of voters must vote yes for passage. The tax rate cannot exceed $30 dollars of assessed valuation in the first year. This means a taxpayer with a house assessed at $100,000 would pay a total of $2.50 per month.
According to materials provided by the Friends of Susanville Schools, Measure P will serve our community and it deserves our support.
Supporters point to some telling statistics.
•Student learning, as measured by students' performance on statewide testing has continued to improve each year and exceeds the ever-increasing performance requirements of both federal and state law.
•Susanville schools are primarily supported by state and federal funding. Only about 10 percent of annual school funding comes from local taxes. This is the result of statewide school finance reform a number of years ago.
•The Susanville District has had balanced and prudent budgets for more than ten years that assure the long-term fiscal stability of the schools. This protects the financial security of all employees throughout their careers and guarantees the district's ability to serve its students over time.
•The district has had clean financial audits, provided by independent auditing firms, for over a decade.
•All district teachers with one year or more experience in the district meet the federal "highly qualified" criteria.
•The district staff has taken care of the facilities provided by this community. The schools range from 12 years old to nearly 60 years old. They have been well maintained using annual funding, allowing the district to invest very little over the years in large renovation projects requiring local bonds. However, the district is now at the point where major investment is needed to assure the continued safe and efficient operation of the schools for the next several generations. This is the reason that the Measure P bond election was called for this November.
•These funds must be used for facilities improvements only. By law, these funds may not be used for district salaries, benefits of other uses not related to the projects specified in the ballot language. An independent audit of bond funds is also required each year, with the results reported to the community.
For more information or to help support Measure P, call 257-7835.
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