Local Funding for School Improvements
Here in Saddleback Valley Unified School District (SVUSD), we are proud to provide students with an innovative educational program, SV Innovates, to promote student success in safe, modern learning environments. SV Innovates focuses on intentional lesson design and engaging strategies for students, all supported through innovative practices to produce successful students now and in the future. Our hard-working students and dedicated teachers have helped keep our graduation rates far above both the county and state averages.
With the start of the new school year well underway, we are looking forward to planning for the future to ensure continued success of our students. Many SVUSD schools were built more than 40 years ago and need to be repaired and upgraded. It’s time to make essential repairs and improvements so our schools can serve our community for decades to come.
We want students to graduate ready for success in college and careers, and this requires a solid background in science, math, engineering and technology, as well as a strong skillset using today’s technology. We also want students to attend classes in safe and updated learning environments. Upgrades to our schools would enhance school safety and security as well as upgrade classrooms and labs to meet Next Generation instructional standards.
With these goals in mind, the SVUSD Board of Education voted unanimously to place Measure M, a local school improvement bond measure, on the March 2020 ballot. Additional information about the potential bond measure is included on this page.
With any questions or comments about the facilities planning process, please reach out to Mark Perez, Director of Communications, at email@example.com.
Crystal Turner, Ed. D.
Superintendent, Saddleback Valley Unified School District
Preparing Students for the Future
Saddleback Valley Unified School District (SVUSD) is committed to providing an innovative educational program that nurtures academic growth in a safe, modern learning environment. Thanks to our supportive community and dedicated parents, teachers and staff, student achievement is among the top in the state.
Upgrades for Safety and Student Achievement
Many of our schools were built more than 40 years ago and need continuous repair and upgrading. The SVUSD Board believes it is time to make essential repairs and improvements so our schools can serve our community for decades to come. In order for our kids to succeed in college and careers, they should be skilled in the use of today’s technologies and have a solid background in science, math, engineering and technology. Additionally, improvements would enhance school safety and security, and upgrade classrooms and labs to meet Next Generation instructional standards.
Dedicated Local Funding for School Improvements
The Saddleback Valley Unified School District Board of Education voted unanimously to place Measure M, a local bond measure, on the March 2020 ballot. Measure M would generate up to $495 million, which would cost the typical homeowner about $130 per year, to repair and improve local schools. If approved by 55% of voters, funds from Measure M would:
- Provide the classrooms, facilities and technology to support instruction in science, technology, engineering and math
- Provide modern science labs, engineering labs and career technical education facilities so students are prepared for college and in-demand careers in fields like health sciences, engineering, technology and skilled trades
- Provide the classrooms and facilities to support instruction in music and visual and performing arts
- Repair or replace deteriorating roofs, wood and support beams that have extensive termite damage and dry rot as well as replace plumbing, sewer lines and electrical systems
- Remove hazardous materials like asbestos and lead paint from school sites
- Upgrade older SVUSD schools so they meet the same academic and safety standards as newer SVUSD schools
- Create flexible, multi-use classrooms to support hands-on science instruction and learning-by-doing
- Upgrade student safety and campus security systems including security cameras, emergency communications systems, smoke detectors, fire alarms and sprinklers
School improvement bond Measure M would provide locally-controlled funding to repair and improve SVUSD schools. An independent citizens’ oversight committee, detailed project list and annual audits are be required.
Strict Fiscal Accountability Are Required
To ensure funds would be spent as promised, the following fiscal accountability safeguards are required:
- A project list detailing how the bond funds will be used
- An independent citizens’ oversight committee and annual audits to help ensure bond funds are spent as voters approved
- All money raised by the bond measure will stay local to support SVUSD students and cannot be taken away by the State
For More Information
For more information about Measure M, please contact Mark Perez, Director of Communications, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (949) 580-3204.
- How is Saddleback Valley Unified School District (SVUSD) doing?
- What challenges are facing our schools?
- How is the District planning to address these issues?
- Specifically, how would funds from a local school improvement bond measure be used?
- Would the bond measure pay for teacher or administrators’ salaries or pensions?
- How do I know funds from a measure would be used responsibly?
- How would a school improvement bond measure contribute to an innovative and next generation education for Saddleback Valley students?
- When would my child’s school benefit from this bond measure?
- Would every school in SVUSD receive improvements? Where can I find information on projects intended to be completed at each school site?
- Has our community supported a bond measure before?
- What did Measure B fund?
- How much would this bond measure cost?
- Is there any other way to update and improve our schools?
- I don’t have any kids in schools. How does local education funding affect me?
- Would I be able to vote on the potential measure?
- What level of support would this measure need to pass?
- How can I register to vote or learn more about voting?
- How can I find out more?