Measure A: Local Measure to Update School Facilities to Support Student Health and Safety
Manteca Unified School District (MUSD) provides a quality education to over 24,000 students in Stockton, Lathrop, Manteca and French Camp. MUSD works to ensure students achieve grade level standards, feel safe and are supported to realize individual success, helping to ensure that every neighborhood has great schools.
Many local schools are over 50 years old and MUSD has conducted an extensive facilities condition assessment identifying critical repairs and updates needed at aging local schools, including repairing faulty electrical systems, air conditioning, leaky roofs, plumbing and restrooms.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, upgrades are needed to protect student
and teacher health and safety, including upgrades to classrooms to allow for social distancing and safe in-person learning, adding new handwashing and sanitizing stations, replacing drinking fountains with bottle filler stations for safe drinking water, among other needed requirements recommended by the state and local health departments.
To provide dedicated local funding to complete the next phase of priority repairs
and upgrades for the future, the MUSD Board of Trustees placed Measure A, a $260 million school improvement bond measure on the November 2020 ballot. If approved, Measure A is projected to cost property owners no more than $45 per $100,000 of assessed value (not market value) per year as long as bonds are outstanding. Since the assessed values of new homes have increased in the MUSD area, the District expects, based on the current bond market conditions, that it can issue bonds that result in a lower tax rate than previous bond measures, helping to reduce cost to taxpayers.
Identified School Improvements
Upgrade classrooms and school facilities for safe in-person learning so students can return to school
- Add new handwashing and sanitizing stations and replace drinking fountains with bottle filler stations for safe drinking water
- Improve student safety and campus security, including upgrading emergency communications systems and repairing or replacing deteriorating roofs, plumbing, sewer and electrical systems where needed
- Upgrade inefficient heating and classroom ventilation systems for better air circulation
- Update job training facilities and equipment to prepare graduates for good jobs and to be able to compete in a challenging job market
- Improve access to classrooms and school facilities for students and staff with disabilities
Strict Fiscal Accountability is Required
An independent citizens’ oversight committee and mandatory annual audits to ensure funds are spent as authorized:
- No money may be used for administrator salaries or pensions
- All funds must stay local in MUSD schools, no funds can be taken by the State
- If approved, Measure A would help MUSD qualify for state- matching funds that would otherwise go to other school districts
For more details about the local measure, please view the following links: