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School Board Officially Places Bond on November Ballot

The San Ramon Valley Unified School District is asking voters to approve a $260 million bond, not including interest, that will be used to upgrade facilities.

After about a year of discussion, the San Ramon Valley Unified School District Board of Education officially approved a $260 million school bond Tuesday morning that would be used to upgrade facilities, the Contra Costa Times reports.

For approval, the measure needs at least 55 percent of voters to vote in favor. The money would come from home owners for the next 25 years. The starting rate will be $13.20 per $100,000 of assessed value in 2013.

The $260 million does not include the interest that would accumulate over the length of the bond.

"This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," said board president Greg Marvel. "We have low construction costs and low interest rates. If we don't grab this now, people will look back and wonder what the board was thinking."

The facilities that will be upgraded, according to the Times, include:

  • Modernization of eight elementary and middle schools: $77.5 million.
  • Renovations/replacement, (Phases I-III): $43.5 million 
  • Stone Valley Middle (Phase IV): $21.4 million
  • Construction of 47 classrooms, (Phase I): $28.2 million
  • San Ramon Valley High School (Phase II): $24 million
  • Construction of eight to 11 classrooms, : $6.4 million
  • Construction of 18 classrooms, : $18 million
  • New school in : $31.3 million
  • Technology infrastructure improvements: $8.5 million
  • Seismic improvements: $3-8 million

Are you in favor of the bond? Do you think it will pass? What facilities do you think need to be updated? Tell us in the comments section.

Tom August 09, 2012 at 08:21 PM
Here is what I dont understand. We refuse to look at fiscal policy when it comes to total compensation in the public sector and also basic logic in approving spending and now they want more money. I have kids in this system and wont vote for another dime of bond or tax increase until the cost stucture is changed. Use all the fear tactics you want. Close EVERY firestation and public school and police station. No more money until you start managing the money we already give you.
Patrick Creaven August 09, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Hi Dennis. All registered voters can vote on the bond.
George August 09, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Hey Greg Marvel, we are already asking ourselves what the board is thinking.
Hal August 11, 2012 at 05:31 AM
To All Residents of Central San Ramon: As you view your current tax bill for 2011-2012 you will see three separate taxes currently allocated to the San Ramon Valley School district, and now they are proposing to add a fourth tax on top of the existing three. When will this stop? Is it not clear that the district is using the taxpayers as a cash cow to fund their special projects? Here is another critical point to consider. Three of the four schools benefitting from this project are in Danville. None of the schools in central San Ramon that are west of Dougherty Valley will gain any benefit from the new tax. This seems unfair to the residents of central San Ramon. In fact, the people of Danville might be better equipped to absorb this tax if you consider the median income of the residents there. In conclusion, this tax offers minimal benefit to the residents of central San Ramon. Our taxes are much too high already. Please express your concerns by voting NO on this tax in November.
Hal August 11, 2012 at 05:39 AM
Tom, Your comments are precisely expressed. I share your views. The district must learn to function within their budgeted means. As a 20-year resident of San Ramon I am frustrated by the tactics the district uses to soak more money from the taxpayers. Let's put an end to this by voting NO in November.

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