Our purpose, in partnership with family and community, is to prepare
all students to become responsible citizens and to promote intellectual,
physical, emotional, social, and cultural development.
May 8th, 2013
Dear Millbrae School District Parents, Teachers, Staff and Community:
The Millbrae School District Board of Education and I are consistently striving to improve education for all of our students, with an eye to fiscal responsibility and the ever-evolving best practices in the educational field. We are making great strides, but we also face ongoing funding challenges. Millbrae School District’s student test scores are among the highest in San Mateo County. However, our school district has one of the lowest per pupil funding and the largest class sizes in San Mateo County. I believe that our students deserve better. They require a top high-quality, 21st-century education to compete in a global economy with higher academic standards than ever before.
Community Support for Our Schools and Education Funding: A Recent Voter Survey
The Board of Education and I recently reviewed results from a survey to assess community support for an education parcel tax measure to provide stable funding for our schools and improve our core educational program. Over 60% of likely voters responded that they would support additional, local funding for our schools. With this positive support, we will continue to explore an upcoming ballot measure election, possibly in June 2014. We have a lot of work to do in order to pass a future ballot measure.
A potential measure could improve education in key areas:
funds from this measure would stay in Millbrae schools and could not be
taken by the State.
Any potential measure would require strict fiscal accountability provisions. An independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee would be required to ensure all funds would be spent as promised. None of the funds could be used for administrators’ salaries. Additionally, to protect those on fixed incomes, homeowners age 65 and older could receive an exemption.
We Appreciate Your Questions and FeedbackKNOW WHAT YOU THINK
At this time, the Board has not made any final decisions, including the amount of the local education funding measure, or its duration. As we continue to discuss this measure, we welcome your comments and questions.
Luna, Millbrae School District Superintendent
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