Measure A Information

  • What is Measure A?

    Measure A is a General Obligation bond that was on the November 2018 ballot asking Visalians to support a property tax so Visalia Unified School District can improve schools, enhance safety and provide upgraded technology.  Measure A passed with more than 60% of the vote.  Measure A will include upgrades to campuses across the District and make possible a new high school so that enrollments and opportunities are balanced.

    The tax will apply only to property owners. The estimated cost is $36 per year per $100,000 of assessed value (not market value).

    Why did VUSD need this bond measure?

    • Replace leaking roofs
    • Provide modern science labs and technology
    • Prevent overcrowding
    • Increase safety/security at all schools
    • Provide equal access for students
    • Improve access for children with disabilities

    Matching your dollars

    The State of California honors that commitment by providing matching funds. Visalians’ local investment of $105 million can then be turned into approximately $225 million to invest into quality schools.  None of the funds can be used for salaries. VUSD’s AA- rating means lower interest rates.

    What schools will benefit?

    Every school will benefit from Measure A. While VUSD has consistently invested wisely in our campuses, 80% are over 20 years old – 60% are over 50 years old. That’s a lot of air conditioners, heaters, roofs, windows, computers and athletic facilities to upgrade.

    Continued population growth will require that VUSD build a high school in the next few years. In response to community feedback, the new high school will include a pool, theater, stadium and gymnasium.

    The following schools will be upgraded:

    Conyer Elementary School
    Crestwood Elementary School
    Divisadero Middle School
    Elbow Creek Elementary School
    Global Learning Charter School
    Golden Oak Elementary School
    Green Acres Middle School
    Highland Elementary School
    Houston Elementary School
    Hurley Elementary School
    La Joya Middle School
    Linwood Elementary School
    Mountain View Elementary School
    Mt. Whitney High School
    Pinkham Elementary School
    Valley Oak Middle School
    Willow Glen Elementary School

    Measure A Bond Oversight Committee

    The Visalia Unified School District Board of Trustees is establishing a Bond Oversight Committee to monitor expenditures from construction activity associated with Measure A. The Committee will be responsible for ensuring that bond revenues are used only as voters intended and for informing the public regarding bond expenditures. The Board invites all interested community members to apply for service on the Committee.  The application packet can be found by clicking here or by calling the number below.

    For information about Measure A, call VUSD Operations Services at 730-7529.