Measure U

Local School Repair/Student Safety Measure

Measure U allows for repairs and upgrades to aging classrooms in local schools to prepare students for college and careers, retain/attract quality teachers and improve student health/safety by removing mold/asbestos/lead paint, repairing leaky roofs, updating classrooms and acquiring/constructing/modernizing sites/facilities/equipment.  Expenditures are monitored by The Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee.

The Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee is made up seven individuals appointed by the Board of Education. As an independent committee, it is charged with informing the public about Measure U projects, reviewing Measure U expenditures, and developing an annual report to the Board of Education on the progress of projects.
The Measure U Committee meets up to six times a year and its members are eligible to serve no more than three consecutive two-year terms.
 

Measure U Citizen's Bond Oversight Committee

Measure U FAQs

Local School Repair/Student Safety Measure
Frequently Asked Questions
Q:  What is Measure U?
A:  On July 12th, the Board of Education unanimously voted to place Measure U, the Local School Repair/Student Safety Measure, on the November 2016 ballot.  Measure U is a general obligation bond measure authorizing $281 million in school bonds.  If approved by the voters, the funds from Measure U will help to provide safe classrooms and a quality learning environment for current and future students.

Q:    Why is Measure U needed? 
A:  Many of our schools were built decades ago and, as a result, many are aging and in need of basic health and safety upgrades. Measure U would help repair deteriorating restrooms and leaky roofs, remove mold, asbestos, and lead paint, replace outdated electrical, heating and air conditioning systems, and update fire alarm and sprinkler systems, to improve student health and safety.

Q:  What educational priorities would Measure U address?
A:  If adopted by the voters, Measure U would address the following priorities:

•    Retain and attract quality teachers 
•    Remove mold, lead paint, and asbestos 
•    Upgrade moldy, deteriorating portable classrooms 
•    Enhance technology infrastructure to train students in engineering, programming, and other 21st century skills
•    Provide job training for students who plan to enter the workforce right after high school
•    Make  sure local schools are eligible for their fair share of state funds that would otherwise go to other communities 

Q:  How does Measure U support vocational education programs?
A:  If enacted, Measure U would help improve and upgrade classrooms so that students in technical and vocational education programs can have access to hands-on interactive learning tools. These tools help students acquire the real-world skills they need to compete for good-paying jobs when they graduate.

Q: What about science, technology, engineering, and math programs?
A: Skills in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math are critical to success in the 21st century economy. Measure U would help improve and upgrade classrooms to attract and retain quality teachers so that all students have access to these education programs and the technology necessary to prepare them for college and careers.

Q:  What will Measure U cost taxpayers per year, and how will it be assessed?
A:  If Measure U is adopted by voters, it is estimated that it will cost a homeowner approximately, $60 per $100,000 of assessed value annually.  Assessed value is not the same as market value – assessed valuation is the value placed on property by the County pursuant to Proposition 13 and is often lower than the market value for which a property may be sold.  This tax would be in addition to the property taxes currently levied, and the amount of the actual tax rate each year will depend upon the amount needed to pay the bond issued pursuant to Measure U.

Q:    What safeguards does Measure U provide for taxpayers?
A:  State law requires a detailed project list and an Independent Citizens Oversight Committee to ensure that bond proceeds are used only for voter approved projects.  Annual financial and performance audits of all monies approved by the voters is another safeguard.  Finally, no bond proceeds can be used for administrator salaries or pensions

Letter From the Superintendent

Dear LUSD Community,

On July 12, 2016, the Lodi Unified School District Board of Education unanimously voted to place, Measure U, the Local School Repair/Student Safety Measure, on the November 8, 2016 General Election ballot.  

Funds from Measure U would help provide safe classrooms and quality learning environments for current and future students. If adopted by voters, the measure authorizes the District to issue $281 million in general obligation bonds at legal rates, and would cost homeowners approximately, $60 per $100,000 of assessed, not market, property value.  Please see the discussion “What will Measure U cost taxpayers per year, and how will it be assessed?” in the FAQs below. Measure U requires fiscal accountability through an Independent Citizens Oversight Committee, and annual audits. No money would go to administrator salaries or pensions.

Many of our schools were built decades ago, and as a result many are aging and in need of basic health and safety upgrades. If enacted Measure U would help repair deteriorating restrooms and leaky roofs, remove mold, asbestos, and lead paint, replace outdated electrical, heating and air conditioning systems and update fire alarm and sprinkler systems to improve student health and safety.

If you would like more information, please see the “Frequently Asked Questions” section below.

Sincerely,

Cathy Nichols-Washer, Ed. D.

Superintendent

Getting More Information

To learn more about the Measure U, or to request a more in-depth presentation to your community group, please contact: Warren Sun at (209)331-7225

  • Download our Frequently Asked Questions & Answers
  • Download our Community Presentation
  • Download our Facility Master Plan Priority Funding List

To view the following documents please click on the links below:
1) Resolution NO. 2016-48 Ordering an Election to Authorize the Issuance of School Bonds on November 8, 2016
2) Bond measure project list
3) Facilities Master Plan
 

Project Updates