End-Of-Year Message from Superintendent Zinn
Dear Lafayette Families, Staff, and Community Members,
After over two years of research, analysis, and gathering input from staff and community members to identify critical facility needs, the Lafayette School District Governing Board voted unanimously to place a Proposition 39 General Obligation Bond Measure on the June 7th ballot.
Safe, modern school facilities are essential to protecting the outstanding quality of education that is so a part of our five neighborhood schools (Burton Valley Elementary, Happy Valley Elementary, Lafayette Elementary, Springhill Elementary, and Stanley Middle School). This Bond Measure will seek to secure $70 million in funding to repair, renovate and modernize our schools, to upgrade every school to keep pace with 21st century teaching and learning, to improve safety and security for our students, and to accommodate enrollment growth with prudent responsible facilities planning.
To address any questions that you may have related to this Bond Measure, a Bond Measure Fact Sheet is below. You can also access answers to Frequently Asked Questions by clicking on this link. Please do not hesitate to contact me at (925) 927-3502 if you have additional questions.
Rachel Zinn, Superintendent
The Lafayette TK-8 School District – Prop 39 School Bond Measure – June 2016
Bond Measure Fact Sheet
Background: Over the past two years, the Lafayette School District has worked with our community to identify critical educational facility needs that require attention to protect the superior quality of education that helps our schools rank among the best in the state. The District has conducted an extensive analysis of its four elementary and one middle school, and consulted with hundreds of community members about critically needed projects to repair and upgrade our aging school facilities. The Governing Board has voted to place a Measure on the June 7, 2016 ballot to align with the District and community needs and ensure peak performing TK-8 schools for Lafayette’s future.
The Measure DEFINED: This is a local ballot measure on the June 7, 2016 ballot seeking voter authorization for funds to repair and upgrade the Lafayette TK-8’s aging 50+ year-old facilities. A “YES vote” approves funding for the District’s plan to repair and upgrade schools; a “NO vote” rejects the plan. All voters living within the jurisdiction of the Lafayette TK-8 school District registered by May 23rd will be eligible to vote on this Measure.
The Measure Ballot Question: “To upgrade aging neighborhood elementary and middle schools, avoid overcrowding, and modernize classrooms for today’s curriculum, including math, science, technology and arts, shall Lafayette School District repair or replace deteriorated roofs, plumbing, and electrical systems; update classrooms, labs and instructional technology; improve school safety/security: and acquire, construct, renovate, equip sites/facilities, by issuing $70,000,000 in bonds at legal rates, with independent citizen oversight, no administrators’ salaries, and all funds dedicated locally to Lafayette TK-8 schools?”
Measure Project Summary – The Measure will:
- Repair or replace leaky roofs, and old, deteriorated plumbing, sewer, heating, ventilation, windows, lighting, and electrical systems.
- Upgrade technology infrastructure to keep pace with 21st century teaching and learning.
- Modernize 50+ year-old, outdated classrooms, labs, and equipment, including, where appropriate, removing aging portables, and/or replacing them with permanent classrooms.
- Accommodate enrollment growth and site instructional program needs by constructing modern, flexible classrooms at Stanley Middle School, and reconfiguring or constructing classrooms on the District’s four elementary school sites serving grades TK-5.
- Improve school safety and security-including attention to lighting, fence and gate repairs, emergency alarm systems, and outdoor/exterior safety hazards, play equipment and pick-up/drop-off zones where appropriate.
- By law, ALL Measure funds STAY LOCAL dedicated to the Lafayette School District TK-8 schools ONLY.
- The State CANNOT take Measure funding away.
- This Measure is for school facilities and infrastructure ONLY.
- NO funds are allowed for administrators' salaries.
- Independent Citizens' Oversight and mandatory audits will ensure funds are spent properly.