Information About Measure V for Quality Education

Fostering Student Success

Soquel Union Elementary School District works together with our community to help every child reach their highest learning potential. Our five local schools, Opal Cliffs, Main Street Elementary School, Santa Cruz Gardens Elementary School, Soquel Elementary School and New Brighton Middle School provide a high-quality education to ensure that each student develops the skills and confidence needed for lifelong achievement and to prepare local students to make a positive contribution to our world.

For more information about the proposed measure to protect quality education in Soquel Union Elementary School District, please visit the following links:

 

Maintaining High-Quality Teachers and Instruction

Great teachers are essential for student achievement, and yet many of our teachers and school staff struggle to afford to live here. The Soquel Union Elementary School District is situated in one of the most expensive areas in the country while California ranks towards the bottom in per-pupil funding by State. Our district has relied on local Home & School Club contributions to help fund programs such as music and hands-on science learning opportunities. This funding is not sustainable long-term. Without a dedicated source of local funding to support our schools, local students and teachers will face deep cuts to academic programs, teacher layoffs and increased class sizes.

Dedicated Funding for Local Schools

On November 20, 2019, in order to maintain high-quality education in SUESD elementary and middle schools, the Board of Trustees unanimously voted to place Measure V, a $96 parcel tax measure, on the March 2020 ballot that could generate $1.5 million annually to support quality, local instruction. Measure V requires 66.7% support to pass. If passed by local voters, SUESD could use Measure V funds to support teachers and academic programs, including by:

  • Maintaining strong academic programs in reading, writing, math, science, technology, arts and music

  • Attracting and retaining highly qualified teachers and school staff

  • Maintaining small class sizes

  • Keeping teacher salaries competitive with neighboring districts

  • Keeping schools safe, clean and well maintained

  • Supporting hands on science instruction

 

All revenue from Measure V would be spent right here in local schools and could not be taken away by the State. A citizens’ oversight committee and annual audits would ensure that all funds are spent for educational purposes as promised and that no funds will could be used for administrator salaries or benefits. Additionally, senior citizens and low-income individuals with disabilities are eligible for a full exemption from the cost of the measure to ensure it is not a burden to those living on a fixed income.

Questions?

Exploring our local funding options is a community-driven process. We welcome your feedback and questions as we consider this proposed measure. Please contact Superintendent Scott Turnbull at sturnbull@suesd.org or (831) 464-5639 with questions or comments.