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Hayward school board votes to place bond measure on the November 2018 ballot
Posted 7/27/18

Hayward, CA—The Hayward Board of Education voted at their July 25th board meeting to place a general obligation bond on the November 6, 2018 ballot. If approved by voters, the bond measure would allow the Hayward Unified School District (HUSD) to begin much-needed modernization and repair projects that would benefit each school site.

 

Initial projections identified a potential list of projects that exceeded $1 billion in value and the district has identified health and safety projects as their highest priority. Staff will focus on creating a list of projects that have an immediate impact for students. In addition to considering health and safety, HUSD will continue to work with sites and the community to identify additional projects, including the installation of solar power. If approved, the bond will also be used to complete planned projects at Lorin Eden and Winton as well as a district performing arts center at Mt. Eden High School.  

 

In order to maintain safe and modern learning environments, aging school facilities

require necessary repairs and upgrades. As requirements for success rapidly change in the 21st century, classrooms and labs need to be modernized to meet today’s educational standards for science, technology, engineering and math. The district presented an update to the facility master plan for its school sites, which was approved unanimously by the board at Wednesday’s meeting. The plan will help guide decisions to determine which projects will be given priority.

 

“The Hayward community has been clear in their desire to see significant and lasting improvements to our schools that will benefit generations of Hayward students,” stated Superintendent Matt Wayne.

 

In 2008 and in 2014, voters overwhelmingly approved Measure I and L, respectively, to fund an initial phase of upgrades. These bonds were the first two in a planned series of four bonds to improve school facilities. The Hayward Unified School District has utilized these funds to make necessary school improvements to many of its schools, however, urgent repairs and upgrades are still needed to ensure all students have access to safe environments that promote high-quality learning.

 

The annual cost of the bond measure would not exceed $60 per $100,000 of assessed value (not market value) per year. Several property tax (including general obligation bond tax) relief programs are available to seniors, veterans, and other persons who meet specific criteria. More information about those programs is available through the State Controller’s Office.

 

The district is committed to good fiscal stewardship of public funds. HUSD has saved taxpayers over $120 million to date by responsibly managing the bond issues from Measure I and Measure L. Most recently, Standard and Poor’s awarded the district an A+ rating for its current bonds. 

 

More information about the 2018 bond measure can be found on the HUSD website.