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School Facilities Needs and Local Bond Measure

As the local provider of K-8 (pre-Kindergarten through eighth grade) public education and the 4th largest elementary school district in San Diego County, we believe all students deserve to learn in safe and up-to-date classrooms and school facilities.

Each day, over 11,500 local students rely on La Mesa-Spring Valley School District (LMSVSD) for a quality education. Talented teachers and school employees are committed to providing all students with a well-rounded education and the skills needed for future academic success. Good schools improve the quality of life in our community and protect the property value of our homes.

Facilities Master Planning

Over the past two years, LMSVSD has been working with stakeholders to update the Facilities Master Plan to identify the improvements needed to provide our students with up-to-date, safe learning environments. Our team conducted a thorough assessment of all school facilities to identify the most urgent and high priority improvements. While local students continue to excel, our classrooms and school facilities are aging and require upgrades for safety and to keep pace with rising academic standards. Many of our schools were built more than 50 years ago and need repairs and upgrades to continue serving our students and community for decades to come. The Facilities Master Plan was approved by the LMSVSD Board of Education at a June 2020 board meeting and will be used as a guide for upgrades and improvements.

Dedicated Local Funding for School Improvements

LMSVSD recently commissioned a survey of local residents that found 66% support for an investment in our aging local school facilities. The LMSVSD Board of Education is considering placing a local school improvement bond measure on the November 2020 ballot that could generate up to $136 million to repair and improve local schools. In July, the LMSVSD Board of Education
unanimously voted to place a local school improvement bond measure on the November 2020 ballot that could generate up to $136 million to repair and improve local schools. The measure would cost about $24 per $100,000 of a property’s assessed value (not market value), or approximately $73 per year for the typical homeowner. If approved by 55% of local voters, a measure would:

  • Upgrade our older schools so they meet current health codes, building safety codes and provide proper access for students with disabilities
  • Provide the modern classrooms, labs and technology needed to support high-quality instruction in science, technology, engineering and math
  • Repair or replace deteriorating roofs, plumbing, sewer, and electrical systems where needed as well as remove hazardous materials like asbestos and lead pipes from older schools
  • Improve student safety and campus security systems, including security fencing, locks and cameras, emergency communication systems, smoke detectors, fire alarms and sprinklers
  • Provide the modern classrooms and facilities needed to support high-quality instruction in core subjects like reading and writing
  • Upgrade classrooms and computer systems to keep pace with technology

Mandatory Fiscal Accountability

A school improvement bond measure requires mandatory fiscal accountability, including:

  • All funds raised by the measure would stay local to support students and could not be taken away by the State
  • A project list detailing exactly how the bond funds would be used
  • An independent citizens’ oversight committee and independent audits to ensure funds are spent as voters approved
  • By law, no funds from this measure can be used for administrators’ salaries or benefits

For More Information

Please contact Jennifer Nerat, Assistant Superintendent, Business Services via email: Jennifer.Nerat@lmsvschools.org or by phone: 619.668.5700 ext.6391.

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