How are Millbrae School District schools doing? Millbrae schools provide an outstanding education to our elementary and middle school students. All five Millbrae schools have been named California Distinguished Schools in the past three years, and student test scores are well above the State’s standard for excellence. Our programs in math, science, reading and writing prepare our students for high school, college and beyond.
What challenges are facing our schools? Millbrae School District (MSD) is among the lowest-funded school districts in San Mateo County. The State has proven to be an unreliable partner in providing adequate funding to support the level of academic achievement we have come to expect in Millbrae. Our students deserve better. Local schools need a dedicated source of local funding to protect academic programs and support strong student achievement.
Why do we need a local measure? The measure will provide a stable source of local revenue that schools can count on to maintain 21st-century, hands-on science, technology, engineering and math instruction to help our students succeed in high school and college. Additionally, voting YES on this measure will ensure that Millbrae students have access to a well-rounded education that includes art, music and PE. This locally-controlled funding is critical to providing the financial stability our schools need to continue providing an excellent education.
Specifically, what will voting YES on this measure do for Millbrae schools? This measure will:
Maintain 21st-century, hands-on science, technology, engineering and math instruction
Attract and retain qualified teachers
Strengthen reading and writing programs
Provide hands-on science labs
Restore art and music programs
How do I know that these funds will be spent as promised? Strict fiscal accountability provisions will be required including:
All funds will support Millbrae School District schools—no funds can be taken away by the State
No funds can be used for administrators’ salaries or benefits
Independent citizens’ oversight committee and annual audits are required
Senior citizen homeowners are eligible for an exemption from the cost of the measure
Can this funding be taken away by the State? No. All funds generated by the measure will stay local to benefit Millbrae schools–the State cannot take away a single penny.
Would seniors be eligible for an exemption? Yes. All homeowners 65 or older will be eligible to receive an exemption from the cost of the measure.
Don’t I already pay for this? No, you do not. Millbrae School District (MSD) is among the lowest funded school districts in San Mateo County and we do not have a stable source of local funding. MSD is one of the few districts without a parcel tax in San Mateo County. We need this measure to ensure our students have access to a well-rounded, 21st-century education.
How much will this measure cost? This measure will cost $97 per year and raise $700,000 annually to maintain 21st-century academic programs and retain high-quality teachers. This measure will expire in five years and cannot be renewed without voter approval.
When can I vote YES on this measure? The measure will be on the June 5, 2018 ballot. To pass, the measure must be supported by 66.7% of those who vote on it. All registered voters in Millbrae School District (MSD) will be eligible to vote on the measure.
How many YES votes does this measure need to pass? At least 66.7% of those who cast a ballot on the measure must vote YES in order for this measure to pass. That is why we count on local community members to volunteer their time and donate to our grassroots campaign. We can’t win without a dedicated grassroots campaign team.
When will this measure appear on the ballot? The measure will be on the June 5, 2018 ballot. This election will be conducted entirely by mail. Even if you normally vote at the polls, all registered voters in the Millbrae School District will be mailed a ballot the week of May 7.
How can I get more information about voting? You can visit the San Mateo County Registrar of Voters website at www.SMCACRE.org or call (650) 312-5222.
How can I get involved with the Millbrae – Support Our Students campaign? Our campaign relies on dedicated, local volunteers to help spread the word about this important measure. Visit our Volunteer page to learn how you can get involved.