When Burlingame voters visit the polls this November, they will vote on Measure D, a $56 milion bond for the Burlingame Elementary School District.
According to district officials, the money would go towards updating classrooms and facilities to meet current safety codes, as well as creating additional classrooms as the enrollment in the district continues rising.
Funds would also be used for upgrading electrical, plumbing, heating and ventilation systems and providing science lab and technology teaching tools.
While some of the six school buildings—averaging 70 years old—have undergone renovation, others are still in need of upgrades.
Measure D funds cannot go towards administrator’s salaries, can not be taken by the State and require citizens oversight.
Congresswoman Jackie Speier, Assemblymember Jerry Hill, San Mateo County Supervisor Dave Pine, the members of the Burlingame City Council, and many others endorse Measure D, including numerous Burlingame residents and parents.
However, not all Burlingame residents are on board. Many question why, after a $48 million bond measure passed in 2007 for maintaining and upgrading facilities, the district is again asking for more money. They question what additional bond measures will be asked for in just the next few years.
Furthermore they argue that if these upgrades were a main priority, they should be part of the regular district budget.
However, proponents of the Measure argue that, given state budget cuts, there is no money for these necessary upgrades.
Measure D must receive 55 percent approval.
For more information, including arguments from both sides of the Measure, visit shapethefuture.org and click on Measure D.
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