School board holding bond measure workshop at 9 a.m. today

Board to discuss facilities needs, process in special 3-hour public meeting

The Pleasanton school board will meet from 9 a.m. to noon today to discuss its plan to pursue a bond measure to fund schools facilities upgrades and construction needs.

The public meeting at school district headquarters on Bernal Avenue is officially a board workshop, so no actions about a bond measure are scheduled to be made.

Board members will discuss the district's capital needs and actions they will need to take place the proposed bond measure on the Nov. 8 ballot at the time of the General Election.

The district is considering asking voters to approve a bond measure to fuel construction and maintenance needs for the district. The Pleasanton school district attempted to pass two parcel taxes to fund facilities needs previously in 2009 and 2011, but fell short of the necessary votes.

The district hired a polling firm to evaluate community views on a bond measure in March, and the firm said about 60% of those polled support a bond measure.

The firm stated a $60 per $100,000 assessed valuation was the most popular rate among the 400 people surveyed, polling above 55% in support -- the threshold required for approval at the ballot box.

The district identified $500 million in facility needs in its 2013 Facilities Master Plan, including modernization of existing buildings, improvements to drop-off areas and library renovations.

The district has not passed a bond measure since 1997, when voters approved a $69.8 million bond measure.

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Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on May 20, 2016 at 4:35 pm

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If there is not a "no cash out clause" in any bond measure that may be floated by the PUSD. Voters should vote it down.

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Posted by Pete
a resident of Downtown
on May 20, 2016 at 8:10 pm

I will vote no as will everyone I have been speaking to down at the senior center. Many people are on fixed income and their only real assets are their homes. We already have two school bonds on the books we have not paid for. No more taxes.

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