Board of Trustees Vote to Approve $290 Bond Measure on March 2020 Ballot
On December 2, 2019, the Dublin Unified School District Board of Trustees unanimously approved placing a $290 million bond measure on the March 2020 ballot. Priority elements of the bond include completion of phase two of the new comprehensive high school, the development of a middle school at Dublin Crossing to meet the growing needs for our middle school students, work at Dougherty Elementary School to address facilities needs, technology upgrades, districtwide safety improvements, and funding for improvements at Cottonwood Creek, including money for a gym, should the school remain a K-8.
On Tuesday, March 3, 2020, Dublin voters will consider a $290 million school construction bond that will allow the school district to:
• Complete the second comprehensive high school
• Provide classrooms and computer labs and build a middle school to accommodate growing student enrollment
• Modernize older schools so they are safe and have up-to-date classrooms
• Update facilities for quality academic instruction in core subjects like math, science, reading and writing
• Update classroom technology to support a 21st century learning environment
You can review the Board approved implementation plan here.
Over the last decade, the DUSD has experienced a nearly 200 percent growth in the student population. Below is a look at student growth versus general obligation bond debt when compared to neighboring districts. While DUSD has $437M in debt (as of June 2018), it has used that money to manage 198% growth. In comparison, San Ramon has similar debt but has only experienced 14% growth over the last decade. While managing this tremendous growth, DUSD has also improved academic performance, with Dublin becoming one of the top-performing districts in Alameda County. The below chart was referenced during the Proposed $290 Million Bond Measure presentation made on November 12, 2019 on slide 38.
Voter Opinion Poll
Reference - See page 30 on this presentation
In August 2019, Godbe Research conducted a voter opinion poll of likely voters to assess the feasibility of placing a bond measure on the March 2020 ballot. Voters were asked to provide opinions on a $151M bond and a $290M bond. The smaller amount would provide enough funding to complete the future high school and potentially build a middle school at Dublin Crossing or address a number of other district needs (see chart # above), but not both. The $290M bond would allow the district to complete the future high school, build a new middle school at Dublin Crossing, and address a number of pressing needs that will help position the district for future growth. The opinion poll showed voters agreed DUSD is providing a quality education and that additional funding is needed. Voters support for a $290M bond was as follows:
- Initial ballot question before information: 62.8%
- Interim ballot question after positives: 67.5%
- Final ballot question after negatives: 61.7%
There was no statistical difference between support for a $151 million bond and a $290 million bond. Voters were supportive of the potential bond projects, indicating alignment with District priorities.
December 3, 2019 - Letter to the Community - DUSD Board Approves March Bond Measure
December 2, 2019 - Approved Implementation Plan
December 2, 2019 - Presentation - Proposed $290 Million Bond Measure
December 2, 2019 - Resolution No. 2019/20-10
December 2, 2019 - Video - Special Board Meeting of the Board of Trustees (begins at 2:27)
November 12, 2019 - Presentation - Proposed $290 Million Bond Measure
November 12, 2019 - Presentation - 2019 Demographics Report by SchoolWorks
October 29, 2019 - Presentation - Facilities Board Workshop V
October 28, 2019 - Presentation - Enrollment Update
October 8, 2019 - Presentation - Enrollment Update
September 24, 2019 - Presentation - 2019 Bond Measure Feasibility Survey
June 25, 2019 - Presentation - Strategic Discussion: 2020 Bond Authorization