Milpitas, CA (June 19) — Voters in Santa Clara County showed their concern for quality education by passing eight school bond measures during the just concluded June 8 primary elections.
The Yes votes was a manifestation, a direct response, to the continued budget cuts in education. Despite budget cuts, school districts still aimed for quality education which the voters think it won’t be possible. They thought that with reduced number of teachers in the classroom, bigger class sizes, and streamllined after-school programs, quality of instruction is impacted.
Foremost of these measures is Measure B, which was passed by Milpitas voters with a 70 percent approval. Measure B is an $84 annual parcel tax for five years. This was proposed by Milpitas Unified School District duly supported by the City Council led by Mayor Bob Livengood, the education sector, community leaders, and Former Mayor Jose Esteves.
With its passage, the district is assured of five years of sufficient budget to carry on its school programs leading to quality education. The district will receive from the parcel tax from $1.26 million to $1.43 million for five years starting December 2010.
Before the approval of Measure B, the District was experiencing extreme difficulty in meeting its programs due to reduced funding for Fiscal Year 2010 – 2011. With the approved parcel tax, the district will be able to provide essential support services to the public school system.
With the passage of Measure B, it will help protect and maintain core subjects such as science and math, and will also help maintain smaller class sizes and protect school safety through adequate student supervision and safety measures through appropriate staffing.
In adjoining cities, voters from Mountain View-Los Alto Union High School District approved Measure A with 77 percent of the votes. The bond will allow the District to add classrooms and school facilities to avoid overcrowding, provide science labs, and improve energy efficiency and fire safety in elementary and middle schools in the District.
In Campbell, the voters also passed Measure G with 73 percent approval. The bond money will be used to repair leaky roofs, provide disabled access, upgrade wiring, electrical, fire alarm, and security systems; improve energy efficiency, replace failing heating and cooling systems; and upgrade computer learning technology.
The voters in Los Gatos also passed, with 71 per cent of the votes Measure E. The bond will allow the District to create additional classrooms and school facilities to avoid overcrowding, provide science labs, and improve energy efficiency and fire safety in elementary and middle schools in the District.
Measure H pushed by Mount Pleasant Elementary School District also won with 71 percent approval for a five-year $95 annual parcel tax for five years. San Jose’s Alum Rock Union Elementary School District ‘s Measure I passed with 75 percent of the vote.
The North County Library Authority was also a recipient of a $76 annual parcel tax which was passed by the voters with 77 percent approval.
The passage of the eight school bond measures showed a victory in the polls by the education sector in the Santa Clara County.