Poway Unified School District is proud that our schools are among the best in California in terms of academic performance and providing high-quality educational opportunities to all students. Our high-achieving schools make our communities a desirable place to live and protect the value of our homes.
Updating Facilities to Prepare Students
Many of our local schools and facilities are outdated and deteriorating and need to be repaired and upgraded to ensure they are meeting current safety and academic standards. By the year 2023, if improvements are not made, 24 out of 39 of our campuses will be considered "poor" condition. You can view our recent facilities condition assessment here
We also want to ensure that all students have equal access to classrooms, labs and career-training facilities that will prepare them for future success, necessary upgrades need to be made. In order for our students to succeed in college, careers and life, they must be skilled in the use of today’s technologies and have a comprehensive background in science, technology, engineering, arts and math. Improvements to outdated facilities and classrooms would enhance school safety and security and provide a high-quality education and safe learning environment at all schools.
Dedicated Local Funding for School Improvements
The Poway Unified School District Board of Education is considering placing a local bond measure on the March 2020 ballot that could generate up to $448 million, which would cost the typical homeowner less than $200 per year ($34 for each $100,000 of property assessed value), to repair and improve local schools. If approved by local voters, a bond measure would:
- Remove hazardous materials like asbestos and lead paint where needed
- Repair or replace leaky roofs, rusty plumbing, failing sewer lines and outdated electrical systems
- Improve student safety and campus security systems including security fencing, security cameras, emergency communications systems, smoke detectors, fire alarms and sprinklers
- Provide the classrooms, facilities and technology needed to support high quality instruction in science, technology, engineering, arts and math
- Provide modern labs and career-training facilities so students are prepared for college and in-demand careers in fields like health sciences, engineering, technology, robotics and skilled trades
- Upgrade older schools so they meet the same academic and safety standards as newer schools
This measure would require a clear system of accountability, including a project list detailing how bond funds would be used and independent citizens’ oversight would help ensure bond funds are spent as voters approved. All funds raised by the measure will stay local to support students and could not be taken by the State.
For more details about Poway Unified School District’s potential school improvement bond measure, please view the following links:
Take our Survey
Exploring our local funding options is a community-driven process. We welcome your feedback and questions as we consider this potential measure. Please contact Ron Little at firstname.lastname@example.org
or (858) 521-2800 with questions or comments.