Woodside district asks voters to approve $13.5 million in school bonds

Voters in the Woodside Elementary School District will be asked to approve a $13.5 million bond measure on June 3.

The school board voted unanimously on Feb. 11 to place the measure on the ballot.

Should the measure pass, proceeds from the bond sales will go toward projects that include replacing portable classrooms with permanent flexible classroom space that would better accommodate modern teaching strategies; safety, security, maintenance and modernization projects; and the replacement of the Sellman Auditorium.

Officials of the one-school district estimate that if voters approve the measure, residents will be taxed at a rate of $24.05 per $100,000 of their property's assessed value.

The board had been discussing the possible ballot measure for some time, and last summer the district held community meetings to discuss campus needs. A study had been done earlier, and the estimated cost of the identified projects was about $17 million, according to Superintendent Beth Polito.

A team of volunteers launched a fundraising effort last year to defray part of the cost. Ms. Polito said the capital campaign leaders believe they can raise about $3.5 million for the project.

The ballot measure approved by the board asks voters if the district should issue $13.5 million of bonds "(t)o repair basic Woodside Elementary School infrastructure and protect quality academic instruction in core subjects with local funding that cannot be taken by the State, upgrade educational facilities to meet current health/safety codes, renovate heating, electrical, sewer/security systems, (and) fix leaking roofs."


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Posted by Slim Pickens
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Feb 19, 2014 at 6:55 pm

No ! Just check your property taxes and see what % they get !

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