Information from the PTSA General Member meeting held on Tuesday, August 16, 2016:
PUSD Superintendent Rick Rubino provided an informative presentation about the school bond that will appear on the ballot in Pleasanton this November. He highlighted the low bond rate that Pleasanton property owners are now paying, only $23.90 per $100,000 of assessed value, because Pleasanton’s last school bond was passed in 1997. His slides showed how this compared with other cities in Alameda County, like New Haven, Oakland, and Albany, where bond rates are $140 or more per $100k AV.
Superintendent Rubino explained that if the voters approve the bond measure, the proceeds will be used on projects on the list approved by the school board this summer. The project list includes four categories: safety and security ($29 million); energy and water efficiencies ($10 million); modernization, renovations, and replacements of existing facilities ($139 million); and 21st century learning environments ($97.7 million). Amador will potentially benefit from all four categories of projects. In particular, Superintendent Rubino noted that he had observed during his tour of the Amador campus the need for HVAC replacement and repair, updated bathrooms and plumbing, and upgraded science labs.The estimated cost for property owners per $100,000 of assessed property value is $49. All of the funds from the PUSD school bond would be used in Pleasanton schools directly.
The superintendent noted that Proposition 51, the California state school bond measure, is also on the ballot this fall and current polling shows it is likely to pass. Prop 51 would generate up to $9 billion for school facilities over the next decades, and school districts will have to apply to the state to get a share of those funds to use in their districts. The way the proposition is written, school districts must provide 40% of the funding for a project from a local school bond, in order to qualify for a 60% match from the state. He stated that if the Pleasanton bond does not pass, and Prop 51 does, all property owners in Pleasanton will pay taxes to support school building in the state, but none of that money will be available for use in Pleasanton.
Also in attendance were two members of the campaign committee in support of the Pleasanton bond measure — Jim Hansen, former AVHS principal and former PUSD acting superintendent, and Jill Buck, a founding member of the Pleasanton PTA Council. Jill offered to answer questions via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Patrick Gannon, the PUSD Communications and Community Relations Coordinator.
Below are the items presented by Superintendent Rubino: