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Measure V Passes - December 6, 2018

On Thursday, December 6, the Elections Office certified that Measure V passed! On behalf of the San Mateo–Foster City School District, I want to thank you for your support of this Measure. This funding will ensure that staff who provide essential programs for our students will continue with their work without disruption. Through this funding, the District was also able to provide an increase in salary for our classified and certificated staff members. In addition, much needed funding will be available for arts and STEM programming and innovation throughout the District.

We greatly appreciate the communities’ support of our students and this investment in their future.  We extend a special thank you to the volunteers, campaign contributors, parents, staff, and community members for their endorsement and support of Measure V.

As has been presented, Measure V provides a consistent and reliable source of revenue generating approximately $10 million annually for 9 years to support the following:

  • Attracting and retaining excellent teachers and staff
  • Providing outstanding reading, writing, math and science programs
  • Enhancing programs including science, technology, engineering and math
  • Supporting art, drama and music programs
We look forward to working with our students, staff, families and community members to ensure that the implementation of Measure V is a success in every school in our District.  As we move forward, a Citizen’s Oversite Committee will be established and the District will provide updates to ensure accountability and transparency. 

We firmly believe that strong schools contribute to a strong community and thank you again for your generous support.

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. 

EXEMPTIONS FOR SENIORS

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.  


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.

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