On Tuesday, November 8, 2011, all
voters in the Millbrae Elementary School District will be asked to
consider a $30 million school bond. The bond will provide funds for the
district to continue to upgrade, modernize and improve the K-8 schools
in Millbrae. Included in the bond measure will be funds to renovate
aging schools and build a new cafeteria at Taylor Middle School.
Measure N will provide funds for the
• Modernize and renovate classrooms.
• Complete the upgrading of water, gas, sewer,
electrical, communications and safety systems.
• Upgrade and improve electrical systems, increasing the
ability of students and teachers to use classroom computers and technology.
• Build a new cafeteria at Taylor Middle School.
timeline (subject to change)
Millbrae schools were built in the
1950’s and many classrooms have not been renovated. In addition,
replacing windows, light fixtures and the heating and electrical systems
in some schools will improve energy efficiency. In some buildings,
floors and failing ventilation systems need to be replaced. Finally, at
Taylor Middle School, the cafeteria that was built for 350 currently
serves 850 students and needs to be replaced.
Millbrae voters approved
Measure X in 2008. Since
then, the district has installed new fire alarm systems, replaced
leaking and deteriorating roofs, upgraded electrical and plumbing
systems, renovated student restrooms, completed safety and seismic
upgrades, and increased student and teacher access to classroom
computers and technology.
The district has completed many
projects at costs lower than expected. The district has completed about
$38 million in projects using the original $30 million in approved
funds. In addition, the district was able to issue $7.6 million in bonds
as “Qualified School Construction Bonds”, with the federal government
subsidizing 92% of the interest on the bonds. By issuing these bonds
instead of the traditional general obligation bonds, the district saved
taxpayers approximately $4.8 million over fifteen years.
Measure N provides for strict
accountability. The School Board adopted a specific project list when
calling the election. In addition, an Independent Citizens Oversight
Committee will monitor all bond
expenditures. This committee of local
residents will make sure that all bond funds are spent as planned for
the benefit of local students.
None of the money would be used for
school administrator or teacher salaries. All of the money generated by
Measure N will pay for school improvements and upgrades as outlined in
the District’s Project List. The average yearly cost to property owners
would be $25 per $100,000 of assessed valuation (not market value).
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.