BonsallSD1 – Web Memo
Repairing Aging Schools and Ensuring Student Safety
Bonsall Unified School District (BUSD) includes Bonsall, Fallbrook, part of Oceanside, Pala and nearby areas in unincorporated North County. Good schools improve the quality of life in our community and protect the value of our homes. We’re fortunate to have local control of a small school district, where we can ensure quality, local education.
Aging Local Schools Need Repairs and Safety Upgrades
Every student in middle school and high school attends class in outdated portable classrooms that are over 30 years old, have water leaks and structural damage and are expensive to repair. Our students deserve safe, modern classrooms as a replacement for our decaying portables. Student safety and security has become a top priority for schools around the Nation. Increased safety and security measures could protect our students and staff in case of an emergency.
Local Funding Under Local Control for Bonsall Schools
To ensure local schools are safe and functioning, the BUSD Board of Trustees is exploring locally controlled funding options, including placing a $52 million school improvement bond measure on an upcoming ballot. If approved by local voters, the potential measure would cost taxpayers approximately $36 per $100,000 in assessed (not market) property value, annually, while bonds are outstanding. Funds could be used to:
- Provide modern labs and career technical facilities and equipment so students are prepared for college and
in-demand careers in fields like health sciences, engineering, technology and skilled trades
- Upgrade and construct classrooms, labs and school facilities to support high quality instruction in subjects
including math, science, engineering and technology
- Improve student safety and security including fencing, protection systems, emergency communications
systems, smoke detectors, fire alarms and sprinklers
- Make repairs to older classrooms and school facilities including deteriorating roofs, plumbing, sewer,
heating, ventilation and electrical systems
- Create modern, multi-use classrooms to support hands-on science instruction and
- Construct additional classrooms and school facilities, where needed, to avoid overcrowding
Strict Fiscal Accountability and Oversight Required
Any potential school bond measures would include strict fiscal accountability protections to ensure responsible management of funds, including:
- A detailed list indicating projects that could be funded
- All money raised by a measure would stay local to support our students and could not be taken away by the
- A Citizens’ Oversight Committee and independent audits would be required to ensure all funds are spent
- Qualifying for up to $25 million in State funds that will otherwise go to other districts
We Want to Hear from You!
As BUSD considers a potential school bond measure, we value your input. For more information or to ask questions, please reach out to [email protected].
Aging, deteriorating portables need to be replaced: