Dublin Unified School District hopes voters on March 3 agree to raise $290 million in bond sales, which will be used to finish construction of the city’s second high school, and pay for repairs and upgrades on other district schools.

The new high school already has secured $158.8 million from 2016’s Measure H. That includes $38.3 million for the district’s cost to acquire the site, south of Central Parkway, east of Chancery Lane and north of Dublin Boulevard.

The district expects to open the first phase of the school to 1,300 students in September 2022. As the East Side grows, the district plans to expand the school to almost double its enrollment, to 2,500 students.

Figures from the Dublin district show that its enrollment grew from 4,257 pupils in the 2009/10 school year to 12,695 in 2019/20, a 198% increase. By comparison, Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District in the same period rose from 12,989 to 13,932, which is a 7.3% change. Pleasanton Unified School District has dropped from 14,838 to 14,693, a 1% decline.

Other projects under Measure J include building a new middle school to keep up with growth, and adding more classrooms and computer labs. Older schools, such as Dougherty Elementary, will get needed upgrades.

The bond sale is necessary because Dublin cannot count on the state coming through with funding, according to a fact sheet on the Yes on Measure J web site. Passing the bond would make the district eligible for millions of dollars in matching state funds, supporters note.

The bond would need approval from 55% of people voting in order to pass. The district would appoint a local committee to review bond expenditures periodically to make certain the money is being spent only on projects listed.

Measure J will cost taxpayers approximately $50 per $100,000 of assessed valuation of property. Since the proposal is a bond measure, and not a parcel tax, state law does not allow the district to grant exemptions to seniors.

There is no organized opposition and no ballot argument against Measure J.

Endorsers of Measure J include Dublin resident and Rep. Eric Swalwell, 1st District Supervisor Scott Haggerty, and the entire Dublin City Council and the DUSD school board.