On Tuesday, November 6, 2018, all of the voters in the Sunnyvale School District will have an opportunity to vote on Measure GG, a $100 million school bond. Measure GG will provide funds to renovate older schools, improve instructional technology, and increase campus safety and security at schools in the District. The average yearly cost to property owners in the Sunnyvale School District will be $10 per $100,000 of assessed valuation (not market value).
Measure GG funds will be used to continue the renovation and modernization of all district schools, providing students and teachers with comparable classrooms and facilities. The bond will help provide schools with long-term facility maintenance funds and updated instructional technology.
Measure GG will:
- Build new classrooms to replace aging and deteriorating portable classrooms.
- Increase campus safety and security.
- Replace old heating, plumbing and ventilating systems with energy efficient systems.
- Upgrade computers and network infrastructure to provide students with better access to classroom technology.
Measure GG provides for strict accountability as bond funds are spent. The School Board adopted a specific project list when calling this election. In addition, an Independent Citizens Bond Oversight Committee will monitor and review all bond expenditures. This committee of local residents will be tasked with ensuring that all bond funds are spent as planned for the benefit of local students.
None of the money will be used for school administrator or teacher salaries. All of the money generated by Measure GG will pay for school construction projects.
Construction costs cannot be paid for by lottery funds. State law (Government Code Section 8880.5) forbids the use of lottery funds for school construction.
The district currently has three board positions open. The term for board positions is four years (2019-2022).
The following candidates will be running for these seats:
- Jeffrey Arnett (incumbent)
- Anita Herrmann (incumbent)
- Michelle Maginot (incumbent)
- Bridget Watson (challenger)
For more information about the Sunnyvale School District and Measure GG, please visit the District’s website at www.sesd.org.