SIAC members unanimously agreed to support Measure I1, which would authorize the PUSD to issue and sell bonds of up to $270 million to fund specific school facilities projects. The council worked to share information about the measure with students and the community in order to gain support for the passage of the measure.
About the Measure
The Pleasanton Unified School District Board of Trustees voted unanimously during a special meeting on July 30 to place a $270 million general obligation bond measure on the ballot for the November 8, 2016, primary election.
The measure requires approval from 55 percent of Pleasanton voters to pass. If the measure is passed, the District will be authorized to issue and sell bonds of up to $270 million to fund specific school facilities projects in the board approved bond project list. The district’s first in nearly 20 years, the measure would mean a tax of $49 per $100,000 of assessed value for Pleasanton property owners.
The bond project list includes new classroom buildings at Lydiksen Elementary School, 21st Century science labs at all Pleasanton middle and high schools, state of the art classroom technology, new solar structures to improve energy efficiency and cost savings, and a new elementary school.
SIAC representatives see a need for improvements in school facilities and new technology in classrooms to support twenty-first century learning.
Using the Power of Social Media
SIAC utilized social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, as powerful tools to spread information about and gain support for Measure I1. Through these platforms, the council reached hundreds of students and community members.
Measure I1 passed in November of 2016. Moving forward, SIAC has secured student representation on the Measure I1 Oversight Committee, which will oversee the implementation of the school bond.