November 8, 2018

Dear SMFCSD Community,

The San Mateo County Registration & Elections Division just released another update on Measure V.  We have moved up .1% from 64.6% to 64.7% - we need to get to 66.67% to pass! 

We are continuing to hope for a positive return as the remaining ballots are counted next week.  There will be three more updates on the tally - Nov 13, 16, and 19 at 4:30 pm. You can find the updates on https://www.smcacre.org/november-6-2018-election-results.  We will continue to keep you updated as we have more information.

Thank you to all who supported in the Measure V campaign. Your efforts are much appreciated!

Sincerely,
Joan Rosas


November 7, 2018

Dear SMFCSD Community,

The San Mateo County Registration & Elections Division has released the latest results and Measure V is at 64.6% at this time. The Measure needs 66.67% to pass.

We are encouraged by the current vote tally and are hopeful we will have a positive return as the remaining ballots are counted.  Additional ballots are being counted today and into next week. There will be four more updates on the vote tally on Nov 8, 13, 16, and 19 at 4:30 pm. You can find the updated tallies on https://www.smcacre.org/november-6-2018-election-results

We will keep you updated as we have more information.  Thank you to all who supported the Measure V campaign. Your efforts are much appreciated!

Sincerely,
Joan Rosas, Ed.D.
Superintendent


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Measure V Parcel Tax Information

The San Mateo-Foster City School District offers innovative approaches to learning, ensuring your child will not only learn the basics but will also become well prepared for high school, college and careers.   Over the years, our schools have provided a high-quality education to our students and have been acknowledged for their outstanding programs.  Our mission is to continue to build on this strong foundation to ensure that all students succeed.

Local Funding to Support Strong Education

The funding models for our schools have been inconsistent and unreliable, jeopardizing key programs within our schools and casting uncertainty into the future.  In addition, following the defeat of Measure Y in March 2017, our schools face a structural deficit of approximately $5 million annually.  Without additional revenue, our schools will have to eliminate programs and reduce staffing - review a list of potential budget reductions presented at the September 27, 2018 Board Meeting

On November 6, 2018 voters in the San Mateo-Foster City School District will be asked to vote on Measure V.  This parcel tax would give our schools a consistent and reliable source of revenue that would generate roughly $10 million annually for 9 years (a $298 per parcel tax adjusted annually by the Consumer Price Index) so that the District can:

  • Attract and retain excellent teachers and staff;
  • Provide outstanding reading, writing, math and science programs;
  • Enhance programs including science, technology, engineering and math; and
  • Support art, drama and music programs

Attracting and Retaining Teachers

Studies show that teachers impact student achievement rates more than any other aspect of schooling.  We live in one of the most expensive communities in the nation and the high cost of living has made it difficult for our teachers to stay in our community.  As a result, there is a local teacher shortage.  This measure would allow us to provide teachers with increased compensation, so we can attract and retain teachers and improve student outcomes.

All Funds Spent in Our Community

This Measure will support our staff and innovative STEM/Arts programs.  By law, all of the funds generated by this measure would be spent in our school district and none of the funds can be taken by the state or federal government nor used for administrator salaries.  The Measure will have exemptions for seniors (property owners, aged 65 and older, who reside in San Mateo or Foster City) and will establish an independent citizen oversight committee, annual audits, and reports to the community to ensure the funds will be spent as promised. 

Learn more about the Measure V

Please visit www.smfcsd.net for additional information.  If you have any questions or would like to provide feedback, please contact Superintendent Dr. Joan Rosas at (650) 312-7348 or jrosas@smfcsd.net.

NOVEMBER 2018 ELECTION INFORMATION

The San Mateo-Foster City School District Measure V - Excellence in Education Measure will attract and retain teachers, support innovative programming, enhance core academics, protect art and music education, and strengthen science, technology, engineering and math programs to prepare students for high school, college and careers.

Register to Vote OnlineMeasure V - Excellence in Education Measure 2018

You may register to vote or change your registration information online. Visit www.registertovote.ca.gov, the Secretary of State’s website where you will be asked to enter your personal information and provide your driver’s license number and the last four digits of your Social Security number.

Register to Vote via the Mail

You may register by mailing a completed Voter Registration Form to the San Mateo County Registration & Elections Division.

Forms are available in our school offices, at public libraries, city and county offices, California Department of Motor Vehicles offices and at U.S. Post Offices. You may also call Elections Division office at (650) 312-5222 and they will mail a form to you within one business day.

The last day to register to vote is Monday, October 22, 2018!

 

Voting Options

San Mateo County voters now have two easy options to vote: Vote by Mail and Vote Centers. Both options are available 29 days before Election Day, providing a convenient range of voting days to meet anyone’s schedule.

Para recibir una copia de los materiales informativos en español, por favor envíe un correo electrónico a: aalmen@smfcsd.net.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Measure V – Excellence in Education Parcel Tax Measure

How are our San Mateo-Foster City schools doing?

The San Mateo-Foster City School District offers innovative approaches to learning, ensuring your child will not only learn the basics but will also become well prepared for high school, college and careers.  Over the years, our schools have provided a high-quality education to our students and have been acknowledged for their outstanding programs.  Our mission is to continue to build on this strong foundation to ensure that all students succeed.

How will funds generated by this measure benefit our schools?

The Measure V - Excellence in Education Measure would generate roughly $10 million annually for nine years through a $298 per year with Consumer Price Index (CPI) increases each year over the nine years, so that the District can:

  • Attract and retain excellent teachers and staff
  • Provide outstanding reading, writing, math and science programs
  • Improve programs including science, technology, engineering and math and
  • Support art, drama and music programs

How will Measure V affect students’ learning environment?  How will it benefit our teachers?

Studies show that teachers impact student achievement rates more than any other aspect of schooling.  We live in one of the most expensive communities in the nation and the high cost of living has made it difficult for our teachers to stay in our community.  As a result, there is a local teacher shortage.  Measure V would allow the District to provide teachers with increased compensation, so we can attract and retain teachers and improve student outcomes.

Didn’t we just pass a bond measure?  What’s the difference between and bond measure and a parcel tax measure?

In 2015 we passed Measure X, a facilities bond.  Monies from a bond measure are used for facilities.  Measure X is building additional facilities needed to support our growing enrollment.

Can Seniors file for an exemption from the parcel tax?

Yes.  Measure V will have exemptions for seniors (property owners, aged 65 and older, who reside in San Mateo or Foster City).  Seniors who currently have an exemption on file will continue to be exempt.  Seniors who are not currently exempt may apply and receive an exemption.  For more information, click here to visit our Parcel Tax Exemption page.

What will Measure V funds be used for?

Our school district receives less money per pupil than most other San Mateo County school districts.  This measure would give the District a consistent and reliable source of revenue to support innovative programming, enhance core academics, protect art and music education, and strengthen science, technology, engineering and math programs to prepare students for college and careers.

Does Measure V funding support every school?Where Does Your Dollar Go 17-18

Yes.  If enacted, Measure V provides public funding for educational programs in every public elementary and middle school in the communities we serve.

What cuts will have to be made if the parcel tax doesn’t pass?

The School Board has a list of suggested reductions to consider if needed, those potential cuts can be found in the Board Presentation from September 27, 2018 (To be added to website).

What steps will the District take to ensure funds are spent appropriately?

By law, all of the funds generated by this measure would be spent in our school district and none of the funds can be taken by the state or federal government nor used for administrator salaries.  An independent citizen oversight committee will be established with annual audits and reports to the community to ensure the funds will be spent as promised. 

What is the role of the San Mateo-Foster City Education Foundation in our District’s Funding?

SMFCSD's partnership with the San Mateo-Foster City Education Foundation is vital and allows SMFCSD to offer music and science programs and the opportunity to innovate with classroom and district-wide grants. Visit the SMFCEdFoundation page for more information on the crucial support SMFC Ed Foundation provides our district - https://smfcedfund.org

How does the San Mateo-Foster City School District compare to other districts in our county? 

In San Mateo County, the San Mateo-Foster City School District is still in the bottom 4 for per-pupil spending.

Expenditure per Student 16-17


Town Hall Meetings & Community Survey on Budget

December 2017 Town Hall Meetings AdIn December 2017 the San Mateo-Foster City School District held four Town Hall Meetings and opened an online community survey for people to share their thoughts and perspective regarding school finance.  Our District is chronically underfunded and currently experiencing a structural deficit caused by increased pension liability, escalating costs of doing business and the loss of $7 million in parcel tax funds last year, we are concerned that any proposed cuts will negatively affect outcomes for our students.  Raising revenues would require a new parcel tax.  

Thank you to our SMFCSD community for joining us during our Town Hall Meetings, many ideas & solutions were shared.  Thank you for your support of our schools!

Review the December 2017 Town Hall Meeting PowerPoint Presentation

Superintendent's FISCAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Dr. Joan Rosas commissioned a Fiscal Advisory Committee (FAC) in October 2017 to review and understand the District’s budget deficit and provide input regarding reductions and potential revenue enhancements via a parcel tax.  The Committee met two times in November and again in January 2018.  The Committee was robust with representative membership from the SMFCSD community including:

  • Representatives of bargaining units and associations (SMETA/CSEA/SMEAA)Certificated and/or classified staff
  • Parents/guardians serving on Parent Teacher Associations (PTA), School Site Council (SSC), English Language Advisory Council (ELAC) at the school site level
  • Parents/guardians with children attending SMFCSD schools
  • San Mateo-Foster City Education Foundation Board Members
  • City Council Members from Foster City and San Mateo
  • Service Organization Leaders / Other School Related Organizations
  • Community Partners (Representatives of the business community cannot have a financial relationship with the District)
  • San Mateo and/or Foster City Community Members