Why do we Need Measure I?
Our local schools serving students in Aliso Viejo, Laguna Niguel, some of which were built 40 years ago, need urgent repairs and upgrades to keep students safe, withstand an earthquake and support highly quality education.
No other funding exists to complete these upgrades. Without Measure I, schools will continue aging and deteriorating. Waiting only makes these improvements more expensive.
Measure I helps capture our fair share of state matching funds. The State has distributed billions to improve our schools in other communities. We missed out because we have not passed a measure to provide the required local matching funds. Without Measure I we continue to miss out.
Argument in Favor of Measure I
We are fortunate to have excellent neighborhood schools. Vote Yes on I to repair aging classrooms and labs with locally controlled funding that can only be used to benefit our local schools in Aliso Viejo, Laguna Niguel and Dana Point.
Some schools were built so long ago they don't meet earthquake safety standards and, by law, must be retrofit or replaced to withstand a major earthquake. Schools built over 40 years ago need to be modernized with essential repairs and improvements to continue to serve our community for the decades to come.
Voting Yes on I will:
- Repair or replace leaky roofs, old rusty plumbing, and failing electrical systems
- Replace wood and support beams with extensive termite damage and dry rot
- Remove hazardous materials like asbestos and lead paint from older school sites
- Upgrade classrooms, science labs, and technology to support high quality instruction in math, science and engineering
- Provide modern science labs, engineering labs, and career training facilities to prepare students for college and careers in healthcare, biomedical, computer science and robotics
Measure I requires a clear system of accountability including a detailed project list, Citizens' Oversight Committee and mandatory independent audits to ensure the money is spent properly.
All Measure I funds must stay local to improve schools that serve Aliso Viejo, Laguna Niguel and Dana Point. Measure I funds can't be taken by the State or diverted to schools in other areas. By law, no money from Measure I can be used for teachers' or administrators' salaries or pensions.
Even if you do not have school-age children, supporting local schools is a wise investment. Good schools improve our quality of life and protect the value of our homes.
Please join parents, teachers, seniors, elected leaders and business leaders and vote Yes on I for Aliso Viejo, Laguna Niguel and Dana Point schools.
s/ Martha McNicholas
Governing Board Member, Capistrano Unified School District
s/ Ross Chun
Mayor, Aliso Viejo
s/ Marvin Sherrill
Retired Science Teacher at Dana Hills High School
s/ Debra Lewis
City Council, Former Mayor Dana Point
s/ Gary Pritchard
Chair, Support Safe & Modern Schools·2020