Yes on Measure M
In Pleasanton, we urge a Yes vote for Measure M, a $323 million bond commitment that will continue and extend Pleasanton Unified School District infrastructure improvements started four years ago with Measure I-1. The new bond will support needed upgrades that were developed interactively by the district and the public. They include upgrading aging heating and cooling systems, modernizing or replacing high school gyms, building a new theater at Foothill High School and modernizing one at Amador, and upgrading and placing play fields at some middle schools.
As school board Trustee Mark Miller said, the list of projects is realistic and can advance the school district from “scraping by” to “moving to world-class.”
Yes on Measure J
The Independent recommends a Yes vote for Measure J in Dublin, a $290 million bond that would allow the school district to finish construction of Dublin’s second high school as well as enabling repairs and upgrades to existing schools.
A second high school, on the east side of town, is needed because of extremely rapid growth. Over the past decade, Dublin’s student population has exploded in size — nearly tripled, from 4,257 to 12,695. Four years ago, Measure H started the new school; Measure J is needed to complete it. The district plans to open the school in the fall of 2022 with 1,300 students, expanding to 2,500 over time.
Approval of the bond issue would make the district eligible for millions of dollars in matching state funds. We join County Supervisor Scott Haggerty and Congressional Representative Eric Swalwell in urging approval of Measure J.
Yes on Measure O
In Sunol, we recommend a Yes vote on Measure O, a $9.5 million bond issue that would fund repairs and upgrades to Sunol Glen Unified School District’s single school, a K-8 facility serving both elementary and middle school students. The bond would pay for a multipurpose room, a new cafeteria, a new roof and various plumbing and electrical upgrades, as well as fixing structural issues like rotting wood.
Unlike Dublin, Sunol has little need to plan for dramatic increases in student enrollment. Development is restricted by county laws governing open space and agriculture in unincorporated areas. The district does, however, recruit students from Fremont, Pleasanton, Livermore and other nearby cities, so questions are sometimes raised about local residents paying for capital improvements that benefit out-of-town students. It’s a legitimate question, but as Sunol superintendent Molly Barnes points out, local children who go on to high school in Pleasanton and elsewhere benefit similarly from investments made by residents of other districts. In addition, the presence of students from outside the district brings added state funds that benefit Sunol Glenn children, for example, by allowing the addition of a Spanish program and arts classes.
We recommend Yes on O.