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Measure E School Bond Passes

The Jefferson Union High School District school bond measure that would raise $41.9 million for facility upgrades passes with 73.51 percent of the votes.

Measure E authorizes the Jefferson Union High School District (JUHSD) to issue and sell bonds valued up to $41.9 million to fund continuing facility upgrades and renovations at Terra Nova, Oceana, Jefferson, Westmoor and Thornton High Schools.

The measure's passage requires the approval of 55 percent of eligible voters.

The measure's proponents say its passage is needed to continue work on existing projects that started with the 2006 passage of Measure N, which authorized the District to issue bonds valued up to $136.9 million.

The district, citing the economic downturn, has raised just $95 million since Measure N's passage.

The $41.9 million would make up for shortfall in funding district voters approved in 2006.

The measure's proponents say a bonds reauthorization will allow the district to borrow money at a lower interest rates, saving taxpayers millions of dollars.

Opponents of the measure say the bond measure isn't needed for a district with declining enrollment, and would be used to fund higher salaries and pensions for teachers and administrators and property acquisitions it doesn't need.

The measure's supporters include JUHSD President Jeanne Matysiak, JUHSD  Bond Oversight Committee Chairperson Marvin Morganti, San Mateo County Supervisor Michael Nevin, and community leader Dolores "Dee" Canepa.   

Opponents of the measure include Silicon Valley Taxpayers Association President John Roeder and San Mateo County Libertarian Party Chair Harland Harrison.

Measure E results:

 

Measure E: Jefferson Union High School District (55 Percent Approval Required)

 

Vote by Mail

Early Voting

Election Day

Total Votes

Yes

11,746

156

9,356

21,258

No

4,672

56

2,934

7,662

 

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Alyssa Jenkins November 05, 2012 at 05:41 PM
It boggles my mind that people think that Measure E would be used for salaries and benefits. First, is the idea of paying teachers more so reprehensible? We have had pay cuts every single year for nearly a decade in this district. HOWEVER, (and this brings me to my second point), bond money CANNOT be used for salaries/benefits. EVER. If you read the measure, you can very clearly see that the money is restricted funds -- it can only be used for the stated purposes, which must entail capital improvements to propoerty. I'm sure someone will tell me it's part of a greater "shell game" involving shuffling money from one account to another, but besides the fact that that isn't the case, there isn't any money to shuffle! To believe that this is part of some sort of conspiracy to milk the property owners to pad those oh-so-wealth teachers' salaries is foolish, and anyone who thinks so needs to go back to school.
Alyssa Jenkins November 05, 2012 at 06:45 PM
*property (sorry for the typo!)

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