Fresno Unified Considering New Bond Measure

Fresno Unified's Board of Education will consider whether it should place a $225 million bond measure on the November ballot.

A bond measure would build upon the positive impacts of Measure Q -- a $280 million measure passed in 2010 -- and help the district to continue to fund:

- Classroom enhancements and technology
- Career-technical education facilities
- Safety/security improvements
- Repairs/upgrades to heating and air conditioning, electrical, plumbing, and water systems
- Specialty facilities on high school campuses for academics, arts and athletics
- A new school in southeast Fresno for increased enrollment

The last $30 million in Measure Q bonds will be issued soon, leaving no more local funding for new facilities or facility improvements districtwide. In 2009, a facilities master plan approved by the Board of Education identified close to $1 billion in need districtwide. Voter approval of a new bond measure would simply extend Measure Q, which would not increase the current tax rate.

"We are proud of all the great projects Measure Q has funded districtwide but our needs far outweigh what we can currently fund," said Superintendent Michael Hanson. "With a new bond measure, we will continue to provide our community with quality projects that serve our students, teachers and community."

Community Interest Is High

In a June 2016 Board of Education workshop, trustees were presented with results of a community survey that indicated 74% of 600 voters polled supported investing $225 million in schools without raising the tax rate.

"This overwhelming support is a reflection of the great work our staff has done in implementing Measure Q," Hanson said. "The poll also reaffirms that our community further supports investing in our local schools."

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Potential Elementary/Middle School Projects
- New classrooms to replace portables
- Classroom interior upgrades
- Core facility modernization/addition
- Safety/security enhancements
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