Measure J proposes to improve all schools
Measure J is a $129 million school facilities bond on the November 2014 ballot that would serve all Natomas schools – charter and non-charter. It proposes to:
- Provide new and upgrade existing facilities for 21st century learning
- Build new schools to meet current and anticipated growth needs
- Replace portable classrooms with permanent 21st century classrooms
- Over time, decrease the capacity of larger elementary schools – creating smaller learning environments
- Expand academic choice and parent options by:Upgrade safety and security systems
- Improving facilities at neighborhood schools and creating clearer K-12 feeder patterns;
- Providing an increased number of K-8 options, and;
- Supporting charter schools with new and/or improved campuses
- Upgrade safety and security systems
- Address traffic issues surrounding school sites
Implements 15-year Facilities Master Plan
The Natomas Unified School Board of Trustees recently adopted a Facilities Master Plan that outlines the facilities needs over the next 15 years, which includes improvements to current schools and handles anticipated growth. Measure J follows the completion of a Facilities Master Plan that outlined facilities needs at all schools. If approved by voters, Measure J will be paid for by local property owners at an annual cost not to exceed $60 per $100,000 of assessed valuation.
Why Measure J now?
Measure J is the next natural step in providing the funding necessary to implement the Facilities Master Plan to improve current schools and build new schools needed to meet the growth from the anticipated lifting of the building moratorium. New local bond funds are needed to upgrade current schools and prepare for student enrollment growth.
Measure J proposed impact on Natomas Unified School District
In placing the bond before voters, Natomas Unified Board of Trustees directed bond proceeds to address needs identified in the Facilities Master Plan, including:
- 21st century learning classroom improvements
- Student and staff support facilities
- Classroom upgrades and improvements to enhance instruction for college and career readiness, science, technology, and arts
- Maintaining and improving school safety and security
- Energy efficiency improvements and other infrastructure needs
The Natomas Unified School District Board of Trustees recently adopted a Facilities Master Plan that outlines facilities needs over the next 15 years to improve existing schools and handle anticipated growth. The plan identifies potential projects on a school-by-school basis.
Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee
The purpose of the Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee shall be to inform the public concerning the expenditure of bond revenues. The Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee actively reviews and reports on the proper expenditure of taxpayers’ money for school construction. The Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee is conducted in accordance with Section 15282 of the Education Code.
Thank you, Natomas Voters! Measure J is a $129 million school facilities bond approved by voters on the November 2014 ballot that serves all Natomas schools – charter and non-charter. The Natomas Unified Board of Trustees approved a Facilities Master Plan that identifies school facility needs over the next 15 years. Measure J proposes to:
- Expand academic choice and program options
- Improve safety
- Enhance learning opportunities to support college and career readiness
- Build new campuses to meet enrollment growth anticipated from lifting the local building moratorium
The District is seeking community members to serve on the Measure J Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee. Here is a link to the Measure J Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee Application.
Public committee meetings are held four times a year and community members are encouraged to attend. Members of the committee actively review and report on the voter approved bond funds, and advise the public that bond funds are being spend on projects in accordance with the approved bond language.
Meetings are held from 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Refer to the meeting schedule below for locations.
The meeting agenda is posted 72 hours in advance of the meeting here on the website.
2020-21 Meeting Schedules (Click on meeting date to access supporting documents when available)
Monday, April 27, 2020-Virtual Meeting Via Zoom
Monday, August 24, 2020-Virtual Meeting Via Zoom
Monday, October 26, 2020-Virtual Meeting Via Zoom
Monday, January 25, 2021-TBD
Monday, April 26, 2021-TBD
Click on meeting date to access supporting documents