In a Special Meeting on Wednesday, August 1, the Milpitas Unified School District’s (MUSD) Board of Education voted unanimously to put a new Bond Measure on this year’s November 6 ballot.
“After a great amount of input and discussion with community groups and staff members, and also after having two polling results…demonstrating that 60% of the public would be in favor of a bond measure to support our school district in addressing facilities issues such as overcrowding and safety…as well as maintaining our programs,” said MUSD Superintendent Cheryl Jordan, “I’d like to recommend to the board that we place resolution number 218.5 as approved, and that we order election for a bond in November of 2018.”
If approved by voters in November, 2018, the Bond Measure will bring in $284 million, which will go toward modernizing classrooms, upgrading infrastructure, and enhancing student safety.
It will also go toward building out the next two phases of Milpitas’ new Mabel Mattos Elementary School, which is opening its doors to students next Thursday, August 16. Phase One construction saw the building of classrooms for children from kindergarten through second grade, but without additional funds, second-graders will not have any new classrooms to advance to come the 2019-2020 school year. The approval of the new Bond Measure would allow for the expansion of Mabel Mattos, so that the school can accommodate students through sixth grade.
After Superintendent Jordan made her recommendation, Board Member Robert Jung made a motion to approve, with a second from Board Member Amin Fazal. A swift unanimous vote followed.
Come November 6, for the bond to pass, 55% general public voter approval will be needed.