Why Do We Need Measure A?

Sequoia Union High School District provides a diverse and varied curriculum to its nearly 10,000 students—from San Carlos, Belmont, Redwood City, East Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Atherton, Woodside and Portola Valley—to prepare them for college and 21st-century careers. In order to continue providing strong academic programs for all students as enrollment grows and student demand for classes increases, the District must provide additional classrooms, labs and school facilities. 

Over the past 12 years, SUHSD’s student enrollment has increased by 20 percent and is projected to grow by an additional 20 percent in the next 7 years. Measure A will provide funds for the additional science labs and classrooms we will need to support core academic subjects and technical programs as student enrollment grows. 

How Will Measure A Help Prepare Students for College and Careers?

As our students work to meet college entrance requirements, there is a growing need for science and other academic classes in our school district.

SUHSD also offers a variety of vocational and career technical programs to provide our students with the skills needed for high-paying, 21st-century careers. To continue offering these programs as student enrollment increases, our schools require more specialized classrooms and labs for engineering, computer science and other high tech professional training.

Additionally, to avoid overcrowding and ensure students can enroll in the classes they require for graduation, our high schools require additional classrooms for core academic subjects like math, English, and social studies.

Measure A will provide additional classrooms and school science labs to meet growing student demand, providing the needed space and equipment for hands-on science classes and ensure students can enroll in college requirement courses. 

What Specifically Will Measure A Funds Be Used For?

Specifically, Measure A will provide additional classrooms and labs, as well as updated technology to continue strong academic programs as our student enrollment grows, including:

  • Science, math and other core academics
  • Career training and vocational programs
  • Advanced programs that prepare students for college and careers
  • Technology training for 21st-century skills

Does Measure A Help Address Student Overcrowding and Student Enrollment Growth?

As many of our feeder elementary school districts’ student populations grow, our high school district is beginning to experience a surge in student enrollment. Over the past 12 years, SUHSD’s student enrollment has increased by 20 percent and is projected to grow by an additional 20 percent in the next 7 years.  Measure A will provide additional classrooms and facilities to avoid school overcrowding, ensuring that our students can get into the classes they need.  

How Can I Be Sure Measure A Funds Will Be Used Appropriately To Improve Our High Schools?

Measure A requires strict fiscal accountability provisions to guarantee that all funds will be used properly for voter-approved purposes that directly support our local high school students. 

  • All funds stay in our local community—not a penny can be taken away by the State
  • An independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee and annual audits are required to keep the District accountable and ensure funds are used as promised
  • By law, no funds can be used for administrators’ salaries or benefits

Measure A qualifies our District for future state matching funds when they become available.

Can Any Measure A Funds Be Taken Away By the State?

No. The State cannot take a single penny of Measure A funding. Measure A provides our local high schools with the necessary funds to provide additional classrooms and labs and updated technology.

All Measure A funds will be controlled locally and must stay in Sequoia Union High School District schools to support our local high school students’ academic achievement.

How Is the Independent Citizens' Oversight Committee Formed and Who Selects Its Members?

According to California law, a school district has 60 days from the passing of a measure to form the oversight committee. It must be made up of 7 volunteer members who serve a term of 2 years each. Composition of the committee must include representatives from the business community, a senior organization and a taxpayer organization, as well as parents with children in the District. No employee or vendor of the District can serve as a voting member of the committee.

Will Every School In the District Benefit?

Yes. Additional classrooms, labs and school facilities are required at all of our high schools in order to continue our strong academic programs as student enrollment continues to climb.  You can view the Facilities Task Force’s Draft Needs Assessment at http://www.seq.org/?id=15

How Much Will Measure A Cost?

To meet the growing demand for science classes and college requirement courses as student enrollment grows, Measure A will provide $265 million for provide additional classrooms, science labs and updated technology. The cost to local property owners will be no more than $16 per $100,000 of assessed (not market) value annually.

When Will Measure A Be On the Ballot?

Measure A will be on the June 3, 2014 ballot.

Who Is Eligible to Vote on Measure A?

All registered voters who live within Sequoia Union High School District boundaries will be eligible to vote in the election.   

How Can I Get More Information About Voting in This Election or Registering to Vote?

You can register to vote online at our Register to Vote page. For more information about your ballot or voting in this election, please visit the San Mateo County Registrar of Voters website or call (650) 312-5222.

How Can I Help Pass Measure A?

To learn more about how you can help pass Measure A, visit our Volunteer and Contribute pages.