At its meeting on August 19, 2013, the City Council unanimously supported the San Mateo-Foster City School District Bond Measure that will be on the November 5 ballot.
The $130 million bond measure is being placed on the ballot in order to relieve school overcrowding and improve school facilities in San Mateo and Foster City. Among the projects included in the bond, funding has been identified for Bowditch Middle School and Knolls Elementary School where the school district resolution states that, "a high priority shall be given to updating school library facilities, classroom computer technology, providing updated science labs and relieving overcrowding." Funding for projects at other schools in the district are intended to relieve overcrowding, upgrade and repair classrooms, labs, libraries and other facilities, improve instructional technology in the classrooms and increase energy efficiency.
"We have been working closely with the school district over the last few years to deal with significant overcrowding issues in Foster City and throughout the district. We support this bond measure because it will ensure that students in Foster City and throughout the district have the quality school facilities that they need to thrive," said Mayor Pam Frisella.
If passed, the measure is projected to cost property owners in the San Mateo-Foster City School District area approximately $19 per $100,000 of assessed valuation per year over the term of the bonds. The City Council is calling on all the voters in the school district to vote in favor of this measure in the November election.
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