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On November 3, 2020, the voters of West Sacramento authorized Measure Z which passed with 60.93% approval and issuing $150,000,000 in General Obligation Bonds for school facilities improvements, construction, and modernization. This will go a long way in protecting our students’ quality education and ensure opportunities for all students in WUSD schools for many years to come.
 
  • Some of our schools are more than 70 years old and need to be modernized to provide up-to-date classroom technology and meet current health and safety codes.
  • All students throughout the district deserve the same safe, modern schools and educational opportunities regardless of which school they attend.
  • Schools today need to have updated classrooms and instructional technology to better prepare students for college or the workforce.
  • Repairing and upgrading our schools will help retain and attract quality teachers because classrooms will be up-to-date, have the resources and tools needed, and schools will be clean and safe.
  • Measure Z would ensure students have the same arts and music education opportunities as students in wealthier districts.
 
A Facilities Master Plan was created representing the voices of parents, staff, and community for the future facilities of the District. The Facilities Master Plan was received by the Board of Education in December 2019. Each school site and district campus was reviewed and discussed at Board of Education meetings in January - March 2020. The Facilities Master Plan is representative of modernization and construction for the next 10 years with the focus of ensuring all school facilities are equitably addressed across the District.
How will the funds be spent?

How will the funds be spent?

Every penny from Measure Z will be spent locally to support our schools! All students deserve the same safe, modern schools and educational opportunities regardless of which school they attend. Measure Z also ensures our students have the same academic opportunities as students in wealthier districts, including arts and music. Ensuring quality education for all students, starting from early childhood, benefits everyone, reduces school dropouts, increases high school and college graduation rates and better prepares students to compete for today's jobs.
 
Here are some examples:
 
  • Upgrade classrooms, labs, and internet access for 21st-century, hands-on instruction in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math
  • Ensure older schools meet the same academic, safety, and disabled accessibility standards as newer schools
  • Improve classroom technology and school safety to help retain and attract quality teachers
  • Repair and upgrade deteriorating roofs, plumbing, and electrical where needed 
Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

How are WUSD schools doing?

Here in Washington Unified School District (WUSD), we are proud of the great strides our students, teachers and staff have made in the past few years. 
 
Graduation rates and test scores have been climbing; drop-out rates and safety incidents have been falling. Our schools are vibrant places where students thrive and gain the skills to succeed. Parents, teachers and students have much to be excited about for the future.

What challenges are facing our schools?

While WUSD has made significant changes over the last few years, we now face a major challenge to provide funding for our aging school facilities. 
 
Some of our schools are more than 70 years old and need to be modernized to provide up-to-date classroom technology and meet current health and safety codes. More funding is needed because all students throughout the district deserve the same safe, modern schools and educational opportunities regardless of which school they attend. 
 
Schools today need to have updated classrooms and instructional technology to better prepare students for college or the workforce. Repairing and upgrading our schools will help retain and attract quality teachers because classrooms will be up-to-date, have the resources and tools needed, and schools will be clean and safe.
 
Unfortunately, the State will not currently fund these improvements.

Specifically, how could funds from Measure Z be used?

Measure Z would:
  • Upgrade classrooms, labs and internet access for 21st century hands-on instruction in science, technology, engineering, arts and math
  • Ensure all schools meet the same academic, safety and disabled accessibility standards as newer schools
  • Improve classroom technology and school safety to help retain and attract quality teachers
  • Repair and upgrade deteriorating roofs, plumbing, and electrical where needed

What does Measure cost?

Measure Z costs property owners no more than $60 per $100,000 of assessed (not market) value per year, protected by Prop 13, or approximately $165 per year for the typical homeowner. All funds generated by Measure Z would stay local to improve WUSD schools. 
 
A local school bond is an action the community can take to help strengthen our economic status as well as improve school facilities for WUSD students. 

How do I know funds from Measure Z would be used responsibly?

Measure Z includes strong fiscal safeguards:
  • All funds spent locally to support local schools and cannot be taken away by the State
  • No funds could be used for administrator salaries or pensions
  • Independent citizens’ oversight and annual audits of all spending
  • Qualify WUSD for state matching funds that would otherwise go to other school districts

Does Measure Z help our community?

Local school bonds serve as local job creators. They sustain local industry, employ local workers, and bring economic activity to our area which can help local restaurants and shops that have been badly impacted by COVID-19 public health and safety measures.

Is there any other way to update our schools?

The District has very few options when it comes to making the necessary renovations and upgrades our local schools need. The State has been an unreliable partner in funding and provides very limited funding for facilities improvements, so we can’t rely on them to complete the repairs and upgrades our schools need. 

Measure Z could provide the local control necessary to complete prioritized projects to provide the repairs and upgrades that our schools need. In addition, if approved, Measure Z could help our schools qualify for millions in State matching funds — funds that would otherwise go to other communities.

Has our community supported local funding for school improvements before?

Yes. In 2014, WUSD voters approved Measure V, a local bond measure to address the most urgent facilities needs facing WUSD schools. Measure V funds were used for school construction, modernization, portable classroom replacement, technology upgrades, and heating and air conditioning installation. 

A Citizens’ Oversight Committee oversees Measure V expenditures and provides annual reports to the Board of Education. Their reports can be found at https://www.wusd.k12.ca.us/Departments/Business-Services/Facilities-Construction--Planning/Measure-V-2014-Bond-Initiative/Citizens-Bond-Oversight-Committee/index.html