Why do we need Measure S?
With excellent teachers, an emphasis on core academic subjects like reading, writing, math and science and strong parent support, SUESD student test scores on statewide exams continue to climb. However, we can’t rely on the State to support the quality academic programs and qualified teachers our students need to continue achieving.
That is why the SUESD Board of Trustees voted unanimously to place Measure S on the May 7, 2013 all-mail ballot. All funds from Measure S will benefit our neighborhood schools, be controlled locally and cannot be taken away by the State.
How will Measure S protect quality education in our schools?
Measure S will:
- Protect academic programs in reading, writing, math, technology and science
- Maintain advanced math and science programs for high-performing students
- Attract and retain qualified teachers
- Support smaller class sizes
- Retain school libraries and librarians
- Maintain art and music programs
- Keep schools safe and clean
Are there fiscal accountability provisions to ensure Measure S funds are used wisely?
- No funds can be used for administrators’ salaries
- Citizen oversight and annual reports will ensure Measure S is spent as promised
- Measure S will expire in 8 years and cannot be renewed without voter approval
- Senior citizen homeowners age 65 or older can receive an exemption
How much will Measure S cost? How long will it last?
Measure S will cost property owners $90 per parcel per year to help maintain strong educational programs and retain our qualified teachers. Measure S will last for 8 years and cannot be renewed without voter approval.
Can Measure S be taken away by the State or given to other districts?
No. All funds generated by Measure S will support quality academics in our neighborhood schools. No funds can be taken away by the State or go to other school districts.
Is there a senior exemption?
Yes. Senior citizen homeowners age 65 or older will be able to receive an exemption through a simple application process. Seniors have the option to decide annually whether they want to exercise their exemption, or they can opt to file one time for an exemption that lasts the entire 8 years. The exemption form is available here. For more information on the senior citizen exemption process, please contact Pam Crum at 831-464-5632 or PWilliams@suesd.org.
How can I vote on Measure S?
Measure S is on the May 7, 2013 all-mail ballot. There will be no polling locations for this election. All registered voters in SUESD will receive a ballot by mail in early April and need to return it by Election Day, May 7, 2013, in order to be counted.
What level of support is required for Measure S to pass?
At least 66.7% of those voters who cast a ballot on Measure S must vote “Yes” in order for the measure to be approved.
Who is eligible to vote on Measure S?
All registered voters in Soquel Union Elementary School District are eligible to vote in the election.
What if I’m not registered to vote?
The deadline to register to vote in this election is April 22. To register, contact the Santa Cruz County Registrar of Voters by going to www.votescount.com or calling 1-866-282-5900.
What if I still have questions about Measure S?
If you still have questions about Measure S, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.