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General Obligation Bond Facilities Updates

 
Facilities Improvements to Better Serve Students
 
San Jacinto Unified School District (SJUSD) aims to provide safe and supportive learning environments to over 10,000 students across our 13 school sites. Our high-quality staff and academic programs help ensure that local students are prepared for success in high school, college and the workforce.
 
Facilities Master Plan Identifies Needed Improvements
SJUSD teachers and staff continue to provide a high-quality education to local students, however, our local school facilities are aging and in need of repair to meet today’s education and safety standards. In addition, our area continues to grow impacting our student enrollment. Some of our schools have more students than they were designed to handle. 
 
To identify specific facility needs at each school and to prioritize improvements based on urgency and importance, SJUSD performed a thorough assessment of all facilities by architects, engineers and school construction experts. The assessment included public meetings at each school site to gather input from our local community. View our Facilities Master Plan.  
 
In total the Facilities Master Plan identifies over $652 million of necessary repairs and improvements across every school site. Upgrades and repairs would help ensure that all SJUSD students have access to the same state-of-the-art educational facilities as other students in Riverside County already have, so that students are prepared for college and the workforce. 
 
Locally Controlled Funding for Necessary School Improvements
Facility improvements of this magnitude are beyond the scope of the District’s operating budget. That is why, to continue meeting the needs of our students and community, the Board of Trustees voted unanimously to place a $78 million bond measure on the November 2024 ballot.. The cost of the measure would be limited to $59 per $100,000, annually, of assessed (not market) value, or about $150 per year for the typical homeowner, while bonds are outstanding. 
 
Funds from the measure could be used to:
  • Improve student safety and campus security systems, including security lighting, cameras, emergency communication systems, smoke detectors, fire alarms and sprinklers
  • Upgrade older classrooms and science labs to keep pace with technology and support student achievement in math, science and engineering
  • Build classrooms and schools to relieve overcrowding at existing schools
  • Repair or replace deteriorating roofs, plumbing, sewer and electrical systems
 
Mandatory Fiscal Accountability 
The local school facilities improvement measure includes strict fiscal accountability requirements, including a requirement that all funds remain under local control and could not be used for administrators’ salaries or pensions. A local measure would also include an independent Citizens’ Oversight committee and annual audits to ensure funds are used for voter-approved projects.  
 
We Want to Hear from You!
San Jacinto USD values questions, comments and feedback from families and community members. To share your priorities and feedback, please complete our community survey by visiting sanjacinto.12.ca.us/SJUSD-Survey or sanjacinto.k12.ca.us/SJUSD-Encuesta. If you have questions or input that you would like to share, or to learn more about the District’s funding needs, please contact Carrie Best at [email protected].
 
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2016 Measure Y -- $44.5 M Bond
 
Project State Matching Funds Awarded
Park Hill Modernization    $   2,868,546
De Anza Modernization    $   3,061,700
New Monte Vista Middle School    $ 21,056,224
San Jacinto HS Culinary Arts    $   1,872,903
Thank you for your support of Measure Y!
On November 8, 2016, voters in the San Jacinto Unified School District boundary approved Measure Y, a local Proposition 39 General Obligation School Bond Measure for SJUSD facilities and technology upgrades to improve student safety, instruction and learning. The bond measure required 55% voter support. Final official election results for Riverside County indicate 72.92% voter support for Measure Y.  Thank you for supporting our students!
 
 
Measure Y at Work -- the San Jacinto Difference!
The modernization projects included new HVAC unit upgrades, restroom remodeling, interior/exterior paint, signage, lighting, fire alarm upgrades and other miscellaneous site work. The cost of the projects were a 60/40 split with the State of California due to the passage of Proposition 51. 
 

The project began with a Groundbreaking Ceremony on June 18, 2019 and ended with a celebratory Ribbon Cutting on July 30, 2021. The district was obtained a 50% match for the construction of the school from available Proposition 51 funds.

 

 
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Other Facilities Projects -- the San Jacinto Difference!
 
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2006 Measure V -- $42 M Bond
 
Project State Matching Funds Awarded
Megan Cope Elementary    $   12,694,023
Mountain View High School    $   6,093,157
San Jacinto Leadership Academy Gymnasium  
San Jacinto HS Gymnasium  
San Jacinto HS Expansion    $   19,460,974
San Jacinto Elementary Library and Kindergarten    $       778,493
Measure V at Work -- the San Jacinto Difference!
 
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Information regarding the Citizen Oversight Committee