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2011 Proposition A Bond Information

08/08/11

The Need

San Francisco public schools serve nearly 60,000 students from Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade in 160 of the oldest buildings in the state of California. Though many buildings have been improved by previous bond measures, there still remains a portion of our city’s school buildings that have not been renovated in recent bonds.

The First and Second Phases

Over the past decade the school district has managed two bond propositions:

  • Phase 1: In 2003, the San Francisco voters passed the first of 3 planned facilities bonds for $295 million. As a result, SFUSD has developed a dedicated school facilities bond program, monitored by the Citizen’s Bond Oversight Committee. Every financial performance audit has found that the bond program has met all project and financial requirements. The 32 modernization projects (at 30 schools sites) from this bond measure have been completed within budget and on schedule.
  • Phase 2:  In 2006, San Francisco voters again supported our children by passing a $450 million facilities bond designed to provide modernization to 64 buildings. Like its predecessor, the work for the 2006 measure has continued to be on time and within budget.

What’s Next?

The San Francisco Unified School District still has over 50 school buildings that require modernization and upgrades to serve the educational needs of students in the 21st century. Proposition A would authorize a bond for $531 million that would address these remaining projects. This measure would then complete the final phase of work begun in 2003.

Why Now?

From the start of this work in 2003, the district’s intention had always been to update all of its buildings so that every student can learn in a safe and modern facility. As the second phase of work nears completion, the district is ready to begin the final portion of work.

The District’s Facilities Division has managed the first two phases of bond projects on budget and on time resulting in modern and accessible school sites for tens of thousands of the city’s children. The next bond measure will enable the district to continue to repair and modernize the learning environment for all remaining schools in SFUSD.

Click here for more information about the SFUSD Bond program.