Approve Fremont Union High School District Measure G
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The Fremont Union High School District has come a long way since the district held its first high school classes on May 2, 1923, in two halls at Sunnyvale Grammar School.
In 1924, voters approved a $250,000 bond measure to build the district’s first high school that could accommodate 400 students. Today, the district serves 11,000 students at five high schools in Cupertino and Sunnyvale.
The district is seeking approval for a $275 million bond measure that is primarily designed to modernize aging school facilities. District officials have a reputation for using taxpayers’ money wisely. Voters are expected to approve Measure G in the June 7 ballot.
That first high school – Fremont Union High School – still exists and will celebrate its centennial in 2025. The other four high schools in the district – Cupertino (1968), Homestead (1962), Lynbrook (1965) and Monta Vista (1969) – are all over 50 years. Voters approved a $275 million bond measure, Measure CC, in 2018 that started the process of updating all 400 high school classrooms. The G measurement is designed to complete this process.
The renovated classrooms would include new heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems; Replacement of LED lighting and ceiling tiles; fire alarms and sprinklers; a technological update; and new furniture, paint, roofing and flooring. The high school libraries would all receive upgrades and Measure G would build a new district robotics center for use by all high school students.
The measure would cost property owners a projected average of $15 per $100,000 of assessed value each year. Measure G would be in addition to previous tax payments for other bond measures that cost about $42 per $100,000 of taxable value annually. Owners also have an annual tax payment of $98 per plot, approved by voters in 2020, which helps cover district operating costs.
District officials said they plan to time the issuance of the bonds so that the increase in Measure G’s tax bill matches the expected decrease in taxes collected on previous bond measures as they go along. that they are reimbursed. This would mean that district ratepayers would not see an increase in their bill from the district for the additional taxes.
The Fremont Union High School District has a history of using taxpayer funds wisely at five of California’s top-rated high schools. Voters must approve Measure G.