By Annie Brown
The Irvine Unified School District (IUSD) Board of Education voted unanimously, during the March 1 board meeting and public hearing, to put a School Facilities Improvement Measure on the June 2016 ballot and to establish the School Facilities Improvement District. The Board heard IUSD staff presentations and public comments from a capacity audience of parents, students and community members before making their decision.
If approved by 55 percent of voters this June, the measure will provide up to $319 million so that IUSD can begin modernizations to more than 50 percent of its schools that are more than 30 years old and do not have the same academic and safety features as some of Irvine’s new school sites. To fund the measure, the cost will be $29 per $100,000 of assessed value, not to be confused with market value, which is typically much higher. Stated differently, the annual cost for the typical property owner will be $122.
Funds from this measure would be used to upgrade Irvine’s oldest schools by: