Woodside School District
March 5, 2024 School Bond Measure E
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  • Measure E has been placed on the ballot unanimously by the locally elected Woodside School Board. Measure E is a school bond measure on the March 5, 2024 ballot seeking voter authorization for Woodside School District funding to make needed facility repairs and replacements. Measure E requires 55% support to pass. A “YES” vote approves funding for the District’s plan; a “NO” vote rejects the plan.
  • Measure E Summary – Measure E will address critical Woodside School needs, including:
    • Repair and replace leaky roofs, and outdated heating and cooling systems
    • Stabilize and repair significant creek erosion due to winter rains and flooding
    • Update classrooms to meet current educational standards
    • Install solar panels and batteries to power essential needs during power shutdowns
    • Improve safety with security cameras and exterior lighting
    • Replace and update kindergarten classrooms
    • Update facilities for use as an emergency gathering shelter, center, or first responder operations
  • Fiscal Accountability and Taxpayer Protections:
    • Measure E makes us eligible for State matching funds if and when they become available.
    • Woodside School District’s high fiscal standard gives us a AAA credit score, the highest possible.
    • Independent citizens’ oversight and mandatory annual audits ensure proper spending.
    • By law, NO funds go to administrators’ salaries.
  • See below for the Measure E Fact Sheet and FAQs.
  • Please click here to read the detailed expert and community-built Facilities Master Plan.
  • All Woodside School District voters registered by February 20, 2024, or conditionally registered after the deadline up until and on election day at the Elections Office or any Voter Center in the County will be eligible to vote on Measure E.
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Fact Sheet
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Background: As one of the top schools in the state, ranked #1 in the Bay Area, Woodside School District has two key priorities: first, to ensure academic, high school, and career success for every student; and second, to make sure that our school, including facilities, technology, and school grounds are healthy, safe, secure, technologically current, well maintained, and equipped to provide Woodside students with the very best educational setting possible. Critical repairs and replacements to our facilities have been identified as part of our detailed Facilities Master Plan. Measure E is a local school bond measure on the March 5, 2024 ballot, to address these critical needs. 
 
Our school is aging, and significant repairs and replacements are needed. Measure E addresses our detailed Facilities Master Plan, to address Woodside Schools’ most critical facility needs. Our detailed Facilities Master Plan can be viewed by visiting www.woodsideschool.us
 
Ongoing investments in infrastructure is critical. Part of our responsibility is to maintain quality school facilities.
 
Measure E DEFINED: Measure E is a school bond measure on the March 5, 2024, ballot seeking voter authorization for Woodside School District funding to make needed facility repairs and replacements. Measure E requires 55% support to pass. A “YES” vote approves funding for the District’s plan; a “NO” vote rejects the plan.
 
Measure E Ballot Question: “To repair Woodside Elementary School by fixing and replacing leaking roofs; replacing outdated HVAC systems; repairing/stabilizing creek erosion; modernizing classrooms for current standards; replacing/modernizing kindergarten classrooms; and acquiring, constructing and/or repairing classrooms, facilities, sites/equipment, shall Woodside Elementary School District’s measure be adopted authorizing $36,000,000 in bonds at legal rates, levying approximately $30 per $100,000 of assessed valuation while bonds are outstanding (averaging $2,400,000 annually), with citizen oversight, annual audits, local control, and no funds for administrators?”
 
Measure E Summary – Measure E will address critical Woodside School needs, including:
  • Repair and replace leaky roofs, and outdated heating and cooling systems
  • Stabilize and repair significant creek erosion due to winter rains and flooding
  • Update classrooms to meet current educational standards
  • Install solar panels and batteries to power essential needs during power shutdowns
  • Improve safety with security cameras and exterior lighting
  • Replace and update kindergarten classrooms
  • Update facilities for use as an emergency gathering shelter, center, or first responder operations
Fiscal Accountability and Taxpayer Protections:
  • Measure E makes us eligible for State matching funds if and when they become available.
  • Woodside School District’s high fiscal standard gives us a AAA credit score.
  • Independent citizens’ oversight and mandatory annual audits ensure proper spending.
  • By law, NO funds go to administrators’ salaries.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Visit woodsideschool.us OR call 650-851-1571
 
 

FAQs
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What is Measure E?
Measure E is a school bond measure on the March 5, 2024 ballot seeking voter authorization for Woodside School District funding to make needed facilities repairs and replacements. Measure E requires 55% support to pass. A “YES vote” approves funding for the District’s plan; a “NO vote” rejects the plan. All Woodside School District voters registered by February 20, 2024, or conditionally registered after the deadline up until and on election day will be eligible to vote on Measure E.
 
Why has the Woodside School District (WSD) placed Measure E on the ballot?
As one of the top schools in the state, ranked #1 in the Bay Area, Woodside School District has two key priorities: first, to ensure academic, high school, and career success for every student; and second, to make sure that our school, including facilities, technology, and school grounds are healthy, safe, secure, technologically current, well maintained, and equipped to provide Woodside students with the very best educational setting possible. Critical repairs and replacements to our facilities have been identified as part of our detailed Facilities Master Plan. Measure E is a local school bond measure on the March 5, 2024 ballot, to address these critical needs. 
 
Our school is aging, and significant repairs and replacements are needed. Measure E addresses our detailed Facilities Master Plan, to address Woodside Schools’ most critical facility needs. Our detailed Facilities Master Plan can be viewed by visiting www.woodsideschool.us. Ongoing investments in infrastructure is critical. Part of our responsibility is to maintain quality school facilities.
 
What would funds raised by Measure E go towards?
  • Repair and replace leaky roofs, and outdated heating and cooling systems
  • Stabilize and repair significant creek erosion due to winter rains and flooding
  • Update classrooms to meet current educational standards
  • Install solar panels and batteries to power essential needs during power shutdowns
  • Improve safety with security cameras and exterior lighting
  • Replace and update kindergarten classrooms
  • Update facilities for use as an emergency gathering shelter, center, or first responder operations
What is the actual question that voters will be asked to decide in November?
“To repair Woodside Elementary School by fixing and replacing leaking roofs; replacing outdated HVAC systems; repairing/stabilizing creek erosion; modernizing classrooms for current standards; replacing/modernizing kindergarten classrooms; and acquiring, constructing and/or repairing classrooms, facilities, sites/equipment, shall Woodside Elementary School District’s measure be adopted authorizing $36,000,000 in bonds at legal rates, levying approximately $30 per $100,000 of assessed valuation while bonds are outstanding (averaging $2,400,000 annually), with citizen oversight, annual audits, local control, and no funds for administrators?”
 
What about ongoing school maintenance? Doesn’t the District have a facilities budget? 
Woodside School District makes every effort to use resources wisely, but the burden is growing to adequately repair and replace our school facilities and classrooms. Our maintenance and operations team work hard to keep our school safe and in adequate condition, but the current scope of repairs needed far exceeds the standard allotment for school maintenance. Local school bonds are the most common way to fund the upgrades needed. And for those bonds, our high standard of fiscal responsibility has resulted in a AAA credit score, the highest rating possible.
 
What is a Proposition 39 school bond measure and what can it pay for?
A Proposition 39 school bond measure can only be used to fund school facility and technology improvements. A Proposition 39 school bond requires 55% to pass. Proposition 39 school bonds prohibit the use of the funds for operations, administrator salaries or pensions. It also requires independent financial and performance audits on the use of bond proceeds and an independent citizens’ oversight committee.
 
Does the District have a Facilities Master Plan?
Yes. We are constantly assessing our facility’s needs. Please visit www.woodsideschool.us to view the entire detailed Facilities Master Plan.
 
What about the Lottery funding? Wasn’t it supposed to fix our schools?
Unfortunately, restricted Lottery funds can only be used for classroom instruction, not technology or facility upgrades. Moreover, the money our school district receives from the Lottery each year comprises .25% (less than 1%) of our annual General Fund Budget. Lottery funds alone cannot fund the extensive upgrades that our schools need.
 
If voters approve Measure E, when will the work begin?
If voters approve Measure E, the District will immediately focus on the most critical facilities needs. A schedule for funding projects will be developed so they can be completed on time and within budget.
 
How much will Measure E cost me?
A $36 million bond translates to about $30 per year for every $100,000 of assessed valuation (OR $300 per year for every $1 Million of assessed valuation). The assessed valuation refers to taxable value, not the market value of your home. Due to Prop. 13, the taxable value of your home or business is frequently less and will depend on when you purchased it. 
 
How can we be assured Measure E would be spent properly?
Woodside School District makes every effort to use taxpayer dollars wisely and save taxpayers money. In fact, that's one of the reasons we have a AAA credit score, the highest rating possible. Independent citizen’s oversight and mandatory annual audits would also ensure proper spending. Further, by law, NO funds could go to administrators’ salaries.
 
Doesn’t the State provide funding for facility repairs and replacements?  
Very little. In the past, State funding has been available to support local school repairs, but especially now, we cannot count on this uncertain source of funding.
 
Have there been other WSD bonds? If so, when was the last bond? 
Yes. Our community has been very supportive of our school. But it has been 10 years since our last bond, and while a lot was accomplished, we have more work to do as set forth by our Facilities Master Plan. Measure D was overwhelmingly supported in 2014 as the first step in a multi-year effort to repair and replace our aging Woodside School, starting with a first set of most urgent needs. Thanks to the generosity of our community, local children are now benefiting from improved school facilities. Our community also passed Measure D in 2005 to replace temporary portable classrooms with permanent classrooms, and another measure in 1999. However, even with these previous measures, our Facilities Master Plan still identifies $47.5 Million in unmet facility needs.
 
What is Universal Transitional Kindergarten (TK) and how does it relate to Measure E?
TK, also known as Transitional Kindergarten, is a grade level for all 4-year-old students before kindergarten. It is a state requirement that all public schools offer TK – essentially asking all schools to add an entire grade level without providing financial support or space to do so. Measure E will ensure we have properly fitted classrooms for our youngest students as per the state requirement.
 
Will businesses share in the cost of Measure E?
Yes, both commercial and residential property owners will be subject to the assessment.
 
Who makes the final decision on Measure E?
Woodside School District registered voters have the final say when they vote for or against Measure E on the March 5, 2024 ballot. All voters will receive a Vote by Mail ballot in early February and can mail in or drop off their ballots early instead of voting at vote centers on election day.
 
Where can I confirm I’m registered to vote, re-register, or register to vote? What is the deadline to register to vote?
The last day to register to vote online or postmark is February 20, 2024. However, you can “conditionally” register to vote at the San Mateo County elections office after the 15-day voter registration deadline up until and on election day at any Vote Center in the County. Visit registertovote.ca.gov to register to vote, pre-register to vote at ages 16 and 17, and check your registration status.
 
How do you change your voting address to Woodside?
You will need to re-register at registertovote.ca.gov, or with a paper registration form. Paper forms are available at the Elections Office, the library, and post office.
 
Where can I find more information?
To learn more, visit woodsideschool.us OR call 650-851-1571