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March 2020 Bond Measure

Information Regarding the March 2020 School

Repair and Maintenance Bond Measure


AGING SCHOOLS REQUIRE MAINTENANCE

Willits Unified School District students deserve schools that are safe and well-maintained. Our goal is to fix what is broken and keep our facilities in good repair—it is the responsible thing to do. While our school sites may be old, we can still be proud of them and keep them functional and attractive.

Here are some of the potential benefits of repairing and maintaining our schools:

  • Modern classrooms, science labs, and other facilities help prepare students for college and in-demand careers in fields like health sciences, arts, technology, agriculture, and skilled trades.
  • Schools in good repair attract the best faculty and staff.
  • Securing bond funding puts us in a position to take advantage of State matching funds.
  • Using local vendors to repair and maintain our schools keeps our facilities in good shape while improving the local economy.

LOCAL FUNDING FOR SCHOOL REPAIRS AND UPGRADES
At the December 11, 2019 Willits Unified School Board meeting, trustees authorized the issuance of $17 million in general obligation bonds to repair aging school facilities, paving the way for Measure G to appear on the March 3, 2020 ballot.

Here’s what we would use Measure G to accomplish:

  • Improve student safety and security
  • Fix deteriorating roofs, plumbing, heating/cooling, and electrical systems
  • Pave parking lots
  • Repair old, outdated classrooms and school facilities
  • Purchase a pool cover to allow the pool to be used year-round
  • Update athletic facilities
  • Modernize classrooms, science labs, and other facilities


FISCAL ACCOUNTABILITY WOULD BE REQUIRED

  • All funding would stay local to support Willits Unified schools
  • These funds would be used for facilities maintenance and repair only. No funds could be used for teachers’ or administrators’ salaries or pensions
  • A Citizens’ Oversight Committee and independent audits would be required to ensure all funds are spent as required by law
  • This measure would cost property owners no more than $40 per $100,000 in assessed (not market) value per year


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QUESTIONS? CONCERNS?
For more information please contact Superintendent Mark Westerburg
(707) 459-5314 | markwesterburg@willitsunified.com