Argument for Measure A
VOTE YES on Measure A to protect the outstanding quality of education that Santa Cruz City High School District (SCCHSD) provides to local students preparing for college, careers and successful lives.
Our local secondary schools - Harbor High, Santa Cruz High, Soquel High, and Branciforte and Mission Hill middle schools have educated generations of students, but they have grown old – really old. Our last bond passed eighteen years ago. Today, these schools are in constant use, struggling to keep pace with 21st century instruction. Especially now, as academic and college admissions standards are rising, facility upgrades are desperately needed.
Measure A authorizes a prudent, responsible plan to upgrade our secondary schools to keep the best teachers and properly prepare students for college and career success.
Measure A will:
- Repair deteriorated roofs, plumbing, HVAC, and electrical systems
- Upgrade classrooms and educational technology for 21st century instruction
- Modernize science labs to meet rising college/university admission requirements
- Renovate career-training facilities for science, technology, engineering, math and skilled trades
- Replace aging portables with modern, permanent classrooms
- Improve safety - lighting, fencing, fire/emergency systems, and access for the disabled
Taxpayer safeguards are REQUIRED:
- ALL funds STAY LOCAL for SCCHSD schools ONLY
- The State CANNOT take this funding away
- NO funds are allowed for administrators' salaries or pensions
- Independent Citizens' Oversight and mandatory audits ensure funds are spent properly
Passing Measure A qualifies SCCHSD to receive millions in State matching funds when they become available, leveraging local tax dollars even further.
Whether or not you have school-age children, voting to protect quality schools is a wise investment. Good schools help maintain property values and keep our community strong.
Please! Join teachers, parents, alumni and education leaders VOTING YES on Measure A - at the bottom of the ballot - for safe, modern Santa Cruz area middle and high schools.
Santa Cruz City Councilmember
Former County Treasurer
George Ow, Jr.
Science Teacher, Santa Cruz City Schools