Once again, the Santa Cruz community has illustrated their value and commitment to youth and education at the polls. We are grateful for the incredible community support that passed Measures A & B on November 8th ensuring safe, welcoming schools for our children. These measures will provide 208 million dollars to help repair and modernize Santa Cruz City Schools’ eleven campuses.
Measures A & B, with help from $10M-$20M in matching funds from State Proposition 51, will go a long way to meeting the extensive facilities needs of our aging campuses, two of which are more than a century old. Beginning this summer, our multi-year construction project will begin. A and B bond funds will allow us to repair leaky roofs and elderly plumbing, sewer, electrical and ventilation systems. Fire safety systems and emergency and communications equipment will be updated.
In addition to these repairs, obsolete portable classrooms will be replaced with permanent buildings. And, our schools will benefit from modernized classrooms that will provide infrastructure for up-to-date technology, new classroom equipment, modern career-training facilities and science labs. These improvements will support teachers in preparing our students for higher education and 21st century careers.
As our bond projects progress, look for updates on our district website at www.sccs.net. We respect and value the public’s investment in our schools, and we will share our progress in implementing our Facilities Master Plan throughout the construction process.
As I shared after last year’s election, our community is exceptional. You choose to invest in our children. Since Proposition 13 passed in 1978, California public schools have become reliant on local revenue to ensure comprehensive programming. With your local commitment to education through parcel taxes and bond measures, students in Santa Cruz City Schools have excellent programs despite these significant funding challenges. Local voters have ensured small class sizes, libraries staffed by credentialed librarians, school counseling services, art and music programs, career technical education programs, life labs, after school programs to ensure student engagement and safety, and much more. Now, with Measures A & B, our community is supporting our students with safe, welcoming, modern buildings in which to learn.
Again – our deepest thanks to the great SCCS community for stepping up once again to be an essential partner in offering students a rich, vibrant and supportive education.
Superintendent Santa Cruz City Schools