Measure A - Frequently Asked Questions
How are Los Gatos Union School District schools performing?
Our local schools are part of what makes our community a desirable place to live. Los Gatos elementary and middle school students receive an excellent education focused on outstanding core academics and innovative classroom programs in science, technology, mathematics, engineering, arts and music. These programs, delivered by highly qualified, award-winning teachers, not only help students achieve top scores on statewide exams, but also ensure that they are prepared to compete in the 21st-century, global economy.
What will Measure A fund?
Locally controlled funding from Measure A would be used to:
- Maintain and enhance outstanding academic programs including: science, engineering, math, reading, arts, music and writing;
- Attract and retain highly qualified teachers;
- Prepare students for success at top-notch local high schools;
- Support innovative science programs; and
- Provide safe and modern facilities for student success.
Yes. Measure A would continue our District’s commitment to fiscal accountability.
- Annual oversight and reports would be required.
- No funds could be used for administrators’ salaries.
- Senior citizen homeowners would be eligible for an exemption.
- Measure A would expire in eight years and could not be renewed without voter approval.
Oversight has consistently confirmed that past voter-approved funds have been spent as promised in the Los Gatos Union School District. The District’s Financial Advisory Committee (FAC), a group of teachers, staff, parents and interested community members, reviews the District’s annual budget and monitors the use of these funds. For more information, please visit the Financial Advisory Committee’s page on the District’s website at tinyurl.com/LGUSDFAC.
Do other school districts in our area rely on local funding to enhance academic achievement in their local schools?
Yes. Many similar, high-performing districts in Santa Clara County depend on local parcel tax funding to support educational programs, including Los Altos School District ($820 per parcel per year) and Palo Alto Unified School District ($758 per parcel per year).
Who can vote on this measure?
All registered voters in the Los Gatos Union School District can vote on this measure and will receive a ballot in the mail in early April. Measure A needs the support of 66.7% of those who vote on it to pass.