Potential Local Funding Measure
Redwood City School District (RCSD) provides students with innovative, integrative and interactive approaches to learning. Our schools have award-winning teachers who provide students with resources they need to succeed, and our students graduate from RCSD ready for high school and the future.
While we are proud of student achievement in RCSD, the District is facing future funding uncertainty. Our District is among the lowest funded in San Mateo County and is facing an additional $10 million deficit due to State mandated cost increases. RCSD needs an additional, stable source of local revenue to continue providing a high-quality education and protect our schools from cuts to academic programs.
To address the District’s critical funding needs, the RCSD Board of Trustees voted unanimously to place a $149-per-year parcel tax measure on the November 2019 ballot. If approved by 66.7% of voters, a local funding measure would raise $3.4 million annually for 12 years to:
- Continue to attract and retain highly-qualified teachers
- Support quality reading and writing in schools
- Maintain science, technology, engineering and math instruction
- Reduce class sizes in kindergarten and first grade
A measure benefiting our local elementary and middle schools would include fiscal accountability provisions:
- By law, no money from this measure could be used for administrator salaries
- All funds stay local and cannot be taken away by the State
- An independent oversight committee and annual reports ensure accountability to the community for the expenditure of funds
- Senior citizen homeowners age 65 and older would continue to be eligible for an exemption
- The measure would expire in 12 years and could not be renewed without voter approval
- To see current Oversight Committee reports, please visit www.rcsdk8.net/Page/5561