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Top: Asphalt paving adjacent to the Bayside MLK School’s Annex building is in need of repair or replacement. The Annex building should be demolished. Bottom: Examples of dry rot and failed sidings at the Willow Creek Academy (Photos by Greystone West, 2019.)

The Sausalito Marin City School District (SMCSD) provides quality education for the children of our community. To help support the unification and integration process and address outstanding facility needs, the Board of Trustees of the district voted to place Measure P on the Nov. 3, 2020, ballot. 

This article is a summary of Measure P. Detailed information on the measure can be found at www.smcsd.org/domain/110. 

Measure P is a General Obligation (G.O.) Bond that, if approved by voters, will authorize $41,600,000 in bonds to be sold to improve our local schools. 

School facilities at both Bayside MLK School and Willow Creek Academy need improvements as SMCSD becomes unified and integrated. The district contends that a local bond measure can be effectively used to support this effort. Our local schools have given our students an excellent education for many years, and their facilities now need improvements that go beyond the district’s annual budget. 

Measure P will update classrooms to 21st-century models at both the Nevada Street and Phillips Drive campuses in order to provide students with technology, wireless infrastructure, and flexible classroom furniture. Outdated portable classrooms will be replaced with modern, permanent facilities. Other safety improvements will be done for plumbing, heating, ventilation and filtration systems. 

It would also fund the modernization of school support facilities and provide specialty classrooms for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Marker spaces, robotics, video and visual and performing art spaces will be provided to enhance learning opportunities, and improve classroom facilities at both campuses to provide 21st-century classrooms including the 

All district projects funded by Measure P will be in compliance with all applicable state building codes and regulations including California’s Building Standards Code Title 24,  that addresses the state’s green building standards. 

G.O. bonds are typically repaid over 30 years.

The loan repayment comes from a levy on all taxable property located within the district’s boundaries: residential, commercial, and industrial. This funding method is widely used by school districts in Marin County and throughout the state. Currently, SMCSD maintains one of the lowest bond tax rates for facility improvements of all districts in the County at $16 per $100,000 of assessed valuation.

By law, Measure P requires a citizens oversight committee to ensure funds are spent on only the voter-approved projects, with additional safeguards to ensure that funds are being properly allocated.

If Measure P fails, the district’s capital projects would continue to go unimplemented and the district will not be able to provide the improvements necessary to modernize school facilities.

For more information, contact the SMCSD District Office at (415) 332-1024.

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