On November 6, 2018 voters in the San Mateo-Foster City School District will be asked to vote on Measure V - Excellence in Education Measure. This parcel tax would give our schools a consistent and reliable source of revenue that would generate roughly $10 million annually for so that the District can:
Attract and retain excellent teachers and staff;
Provide outstanding reading, writing, math and science programs;
Enhance programs including science, technology, engineering and math; and
Support art, drama and music programs
Attracting and Retaining Teachers
Studies show that teachers impact student achievement rates more than any other aspect of schooling. We live in one of the most expensive communities in the nation and the high cost of living has made it difficult for our teachers to stay in our community. As a result, there is a local teacher shortage. Additionally, following the defeat of Measure Y in March 2017, our schools face a structural deficit of approximately $5 million annually. Without additional revenue, our schools will have to eliminate programs and reduce staffing. This measure would allow us to provide teachers with increased compensation, so we can attract and retain teachers and improve student outcomes.
By law, all of the funds generated by this measure would be spent in our school district and none of the funds can be taken by the state or federal government nor used for administrator salaries. This Measure will support our staff and innovative STEM/Arts programs, and will not fund infrastructure projects outside of San Mateo. The Measure will have exemptions for seniors (property owners, aged 65 and older, who reside in San Mateo or Foster City) and will establish an independent citizen oversight committee, annual audits, and reports to the community to ensure the funds will be spent as promised.
Please visit www.smfcsd.net for additional information. If you have any questions or would like to provide feedback, please contact Superintendent Dr. Joan Rosas at (650) 312-7348 or firstname.lastname@example.org.