10 Things You Should Know About Measures S & T
The Eureka City Schools Improvement Bonds on the March 5 ballot
- The $43 million bonds will enable us to address every school’s critical facility needs.
- Our elementary schools are over 45 years old, the middle schools are 37 years old, Eureka High’s main building is 75 years old.
- Despite regular maintenance and aggressive pursuit of State grants, our schools are in need of significant renovations.
- If approved by 55% of the voters, the bonds will make us eligible for $16.5 million in matching State funds.
- Taxpayers in our feeder school districts, South Bay, Cutten, Freshwater, Garfield, and Kneeland would pay only for improvements to the middle and high schools.
- Repairs or upgrades would be made to electrical, water, sewer, heating, and ventilation systems.
- Measure S would help pay for a seismic retrofit at Eureka High. All schools would benefit from the removal of hazardous materials and installation of new fire/ security alarms.
- Aging portable classrooms would be replaced.
- Independent yearly audits and Citizens Oversight Committee would ensure funds are spent only on repairs and new construction.
- No bond monies would go toward teachers or administrators’ salaries.