How would funds from Measure H be used?
Repairs and upgrades to our schools could include:
- Repairing or replacing leaky roofs, wood and support beams that have termite damage and dry rot as well as replacing plumbing and failing electrical systems as needed
- Upgrading classrooms, science labs and technology to support high-quality instruction in science, technology, engineering and math
- Keeping technology infrastructure up to date
- Modernizing labs and career-training facilities that prepare students for careers in healthcare, biomedical science, computer science, robotics and skilled trades
- Removing hazardous materials like asbestos and lead paint from older school sites
- Installing, repairing or replacing air conditioning units in classrooms to improve air quality as well as renovating bathrooms and water fountains to meet current health, safety and ADA standards
- Upgrading older schools so they meet the same academic and safety standards as newer schools
How much would this bond measure cost?
The annual cost of a school improvement measure would not exceed approximately $34 per $100,000 in assessed value (not market value) of a property per year and the tax will be in place as long as the bonds are outstanding and until they are fully repaid. The measure could generate up to $120 million in locally controlled funding.
I don’t have any kids in schools. How does local education funding affect me?
Great schools support strong, safe communities. Whether or not you have school-age children, protecting high quality schools means protecting our quality of life, keeping our community a desirable place for young families to move to and protecting our home values.
How can the high school afford to install solar panels?
The solar panels were funded with Clean Renewable Energy Bonds (CREBS) that are available solely for energy projects and administered by the Federal government. The project will result in a net savings to the school district by reducing the cost of electricity in its highest use buildings. Funds used for the solar project could not be used to complete needed projects planned with Measure H.
Is there any other way to update our schools?
There are very few options when it comes to making the necessary renovations and upgrades to our local schools. We can’t rely on the State to complete these repairs. A local school facility improvement funding measure would provide the local control necessary to complete prioritized projects to provide a safe and modern learning environment for our students.
What level of support does Measure H need to pass?
This measure needs to be supported by 55% of those who vote on the measure in order for it to pass.
How do I know funds from this measure would be used responsibly?
Measure H would require a clear system of accountability. This would include provisions such as:
- A detailed project list identifying exactly how the money would be used
- An independent citizens’ oversight committee comprised of local residents to ensure funds are spent as promised
- By law, no money from this measure could be used for administrator or teacher salaries or pensions
- No funds can be taken by the State and all of the funds generated by this bond measure would go to schools in San Clemente and Capistrano Beach
What happened to the money raised by the last bond measure that was passed in the 1990s? Why can't we use that to pay for school improvements and repairs?
Voters passed a bond measure in 1999, called Measure A. The measure raised about $65 million for projects at schools across the entire school district. All the funds raised from Measure A were spent on a variety of projects. In addition, because of the matching funds captured, many additional projects were funded. However, the money raised was not nearly enough to complete fund all needed projects. This chart depicts spending across the district from Measure A funds. Measure A will be paid off and retired in 2024.
Why don’t we use the lottery funds to fix the schools?
The lottery provides a very small fraction of the district budget, only about 1-2%. Also, the California State Lottery Act of 1984 requires lottery funds can only be used for the “education of pupils” and specifically prohibits using them for construction projects. The CA Department of Education explains lottery funding here.