Posted on 29. May, 2012 in News
Community meetings to gather public input as part of District’s strategic planning process
SAN CARLOS, CA – May 29, 2012– Today the San Carlos School District announced that it will be holding a series of forums to get community input and to discuss potentially placing a local bond measure on the ballot in the November 2012 election. (A one page informational summary of the potential San Carlos School District bond can be found by clicking here.)
San Carlos schools are in great need of updates and repairs to protect quality academic instruction that provides students with the foundation they need to succeed in high school, college and the competitive 21st Century job market. Funds from a San Carlos school bond would be used to:
- Provide up-to-date technology, science and computer technology
- Continue to repair schools to keep students safe and healthy, including upgrading 60-year-old schools and improving traffic safety around school sites
- Reduce school overcrowding, which hurts students’ ability to learn
- Upgrade energy systems to provide $7.8 million in savings over 25 years
In March and April 2012, the District commissioned a study to understand the feasibility of a potential ballot measure to allow the district to float bonds to raise money for capital and construction projects. The findings of the survey were very favorable, showing strong support for the School District and a potential November bond measure. Detailed findings of the study can be found at: http://www.sancarlos.k12.ca.us/bondpoll/.
“We have gotten tremendous feedback about the possibility of reducing overcrowding and updating our classrooms and technology to promote a 21st Century education,” said Dr. Craig Baker, Superintendent of the San Carlos School District. Seth Rosenblatt, President of the San Carlos School Board, added, “San Carlos has earned a reputation for a community with great schools and thus has become a magnet for young families; however, we need critical upgrades to meet the needs of this incredible growth for the next decade and beyond.”
The School District will hold two dedicated forums to discuss the current state of the school facilities, the potential projects funded by a new bond measure, and get input from the community on the projects and the bond measure. Community meetings will be held:
- June 7th – 7pm – Central Middle School, 828 Chestnut Street
- June 26th – 7pm – Central Middle School, 828 Chestnut Street
In addition, the School Board will discuss these topics at its regularly scheduled board meetings on June 14th and June 21st, both beginning at 7pm in the Central Middle School library. To place a measure on the November 6th ballot, the School Board must approve a resolution by August 10th; however, Dr. Baker noted that a decision will likely be made by July.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Craig Baker, Ed.D.
San Carlos School District