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Facilities Measures

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MEASURES A & B PASS

Thank you, San Rafael Community!

The San Rafael community overwhelmingly supported our ballot measures to improve our school facilities! 

  • Measure A, the District's $108 million bond measure to fund updates to our elementary and middle schools, passed on Nov. 3 with 100 percent of precincts reporting, receiving 66 percent of the vote.  
  • Measure B, the District's $161 million bond measure to fund updates to our high schools, also passed on Nov. 3 with 100 percent of precincts reporting, receiving 67 percent of the vote. 

The measures needed a 55 percent majority to pass. Additionally, Greg Knell, Linda Jackson and Maika Llorens Gulati retained their seats on the SRCS Board of Education.

 

Click here to learn more.

Repairing and Upgrading Local School Facilities

San Rafael City Schools have been educating the children and youth of our community for over 150 years. Today, our schools continue to serve our students well, providing rigorous instruction that leads to the master of core academic subjects, and fosters critical thinking, collaboration, creativity and communication skills.

We are proud to provide a high-quality education for our students, but updates to our school facilities are needed to provide safe, well-maintained classrooms, labs, libraries/media centers and instructional technology to support a modern education.  Our schools need up-to-date classroom computers and technology to better prepare our students to go on to college, high-paying careers and jobs of the future. Additional classrooms, labs and equipment are needed to reduce overcrowding in our schools and to meet the growing demand for hands-on science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) classes.

To provide local funding for school improvements, the Board of Education voted unanimously to place Measures A and B on the November 3, 2015 ballot. Please explore the information and materials on this webpage to learn more.

 

Safe, Well-Maintained Schools

Aging classrooms and school facilities pose challenges in providing the high-quality education we aim for. Many of our schools require repairs to provide safe, accessible and well-maintained learning environments.

A Modern Education

As our school facilities age, updates are needed to classrooms, labs, libraries/media centers and instructional technology to continue preparing our students for college and the high-paying jobs of the future. 

Additional classrooms, labs and equipment are needed to reduce overcrowding in our schools and to accommodate the growing demand for hands-on science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) classes.

Local Funding for School Improvements

In order to provide local funding needed for the school repairs and upgrades identified in this process, the Board of Education is considering placing a pair of bond measures, one for elementary and middle schools and one for high schools, on the November 3, 2015 ballot. The cost of each measure would be limited to no more than $30 per $100,000 in assessed (not market) property value.

Frequently Asked Questions

How are San Rafael City Schools doing?
San Rafael City Schools have been educating the children and youth of our community for over 150 years. We continue to serve our students well today, striving to provide rigorous instruction that leads to the mastery of core academic subjects, and fosters critical thinking, collaboration, creativity and communication. 

What challenges are facing our schools?
Aging classrooms and school facilities pose challenges in providing the high-quality education that we aim for. Many of our schools require repairs to provide safe, accessible and well-maintained learning environments. Updates are needed to classrooms, labs, libraries/media centers and instructional technology to continue preparing our students for college and the high-paying jobs of the future. 

Also, additional classrooms, labs and equipment are needed to reduce overcrowding in our schools and to accommodate the growing demand for hands-on science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) classes.

How is SRCS planning to address these issues?
SRCS undertook a comprehensive facilities master planning process to identify needed improvements and updates to our schools, which focused on community engagement involving more than 28 sessions and drawing over 300 participants. Click here to view the final Facilities Master Plan approved by the Board of Education.

On July 27, 2015, the San Rafael City Schools Board of Education voted unanimously to place Measures A and B on the November 3, 2015 ballot. Measure A provides $108 million to upgrade our elementary and middle schools and Measure B provides $161 million to upgrade our high schools.

Specifically, what would Measures A and B do?
These measures would:

  • Provide high school science labs and middle school science classrooms
  • Update, renovate and construct science, technology, engineering, math and core academic classrooms and school facilities
  • Provide classrooms for advanced programs and career technology training programs, helping prepare students for college and careers
  • Provide dedicated classrooms for music and art
  • Provide up-to-date classroom computers, instructional technology and technology infrastructure at all elementary and high schools, including upgrading electrical wiring to current safety codes

How much would these measures cost?
The cost of each bond measure would be limited to no more than $30 per $100,000 in assessed (not market) property value for as long as these bonds are outstanding.

How do I know funds would be used responsibly?
Measures A and B would feature strict fiscal accountability provisions to ensure funds are 
spent wisely:

  • Every penny from these measures would benefit our existing local schools—they could not be taken by the state or used to open any additional school sites
  • By law, no money could be used for administrator salaries
  • These measures would require independent citizens’ oversight and annual audits to keep the district accountable for how funds are spent

Is there any other way to update and improve safety in our schools?
SRCS has very few options when it comes to making the necessary renovations and upgrades to our local schools. We can’t rely on the state to complete these repairs. Local school repair funding measures would provide the local control necessary to complete the prioritized projects to provide a safe and modern learning environment for our students. In addition, we would be able to qualify for state matching funds if the measures pass—funds that would not be available otherwise.

How can I find out more?
Please contact the Superintendent’s Office at (415) 492-3233 or superintendent@srcs.org with any questions or comments.

For More Information

Fact Sheets

To view a one-page handout about SRCS’s facilities needs and improvements, click here for the San Rafael High School area and click here for the Terra Linda High School area. 


Notice to Voters

Board Adopted Resolutions

Master Facilities Planning

San Rafael City Schools undertook a comprehensive facilities master planning process focused on community engagement, which drew over 230 participants at multiple sessions and allowed us to incorporate extensive feedback from many local stakeholders. Click here to learn more about this process and view the master plan presentation.
 

2002 Measures A and B Oversight Committee Reports

San Rafael City Schools has a history of handling taxpayer dollars responsibly. To learn more and view the reports, click here for the elementary district and click here for the high school district.

 

Please contact the Superintendent’s Office at (415) 492-3233 or superintendent@srcs.org with any questions.