Pleasanton voters will not be presented with a formal argument against the school district's bond measure when they cast their ballots.
There was no statement submitted to the Alameda County Registrar's office in opposition of Measure I1, as it's being called. Arguments for and against measures were due into the office late last month.
Following years of consideration, in July the Pleasanton Unified School District Board of Trustees unanimously approved a resolution placing the bond measure on the November election ballot. If approved by 55 percent of voters, the bond would generate roughly $270 million for district-wide facilities improvements by imposing a tax of $49 per $100,000 of assessed value on Pleasanton property owners.
The money would be spent on projects addressing safety, energy, and water efficiency; updated classroom infrastructure including new science and technology facilities, and on various modernization and renovation efforts.
Pleasanton voters passed the nearly $70 million schools bond Measure B in 1997. Roughly $42 million in outstanding general obligation bond debt remains from Measure B.
In support of Measure I1
The signers on the ballot argument in favor of Measure I1 are Jim Ott, a college educator and former banker; Debbie Look, a parent and former Parent-Teacher Association leader, business owner Jan Batcheller, child advocate and former PTA leader Tanya Ludden, and retired information technology analyst Kenneth Mano. Their ballot statement reads as follows:
"Vote yes on I1 to keep Pleasanton schools among the best.
"Pleasanton Unified School District's strong academic programs, excellent teachers and high-achieving students make our community strong and desirable. Families move to Pleasanton for our schools, which keeps our property values high.
"However, to continue providing top-quality education, Pleasanton's aging classrooms, science labs and school facilities need urgent repairs and upgrades.
"Voting yes on I1 provides the modern classrooms and labs our students need to keep up with the growing demand for science, technology, engineering, arts and math education. Measure I1 provides a dedicated source of local funding to expand science labs, computers and other learning technology so that all students are prepared for success in college and 21st century jobs. Measure I1 will also relieve student overcrowding at some of our elementary schools.
"Vote yes on I1 to:
* Expand classroom space to support programs in science, technology, engineering, arts and math
* Make necessary repairs to leaky roofs, update bathrooms and address safety concerns
* Replace outdated portable classrooms
* Provide facilities and instructional technology needed to attract and retain the best teachers
* Provide up-to-date science labs, science equipment and learning technology to prepare students for college and modern careers
* Build new classrooms to prevent student overcrowding
* Ensure classrooms continue to meet current safety codes
* Improve energy and operational efficiency and utilize the savings to support classroom instruction
"Local control and fiscal accountability requirements keep funds focused on the classroom:
* Annual audits and independent citizen oversight ensure all funds are spent as promised
* No funds can be spent on teachers' or administrators' salaries
* All funds must stay local and the state can't take a penny
* Strong schools make a strong community
"Please join local parents, teachers and community leaders in providing all students with 21st century classrooms and labs.
Vote yes on I1."
Residents qualified to vote by mail can return their completed ballots starting early next month, as sample ballots will be sent to registered voters on Oct. 10.
General Election ballot measures and arguments for and against can be viewed online by visiting the Alameda County Registrar's website and clicking the elections tab.