Measure S: Upgrading Aging Classrooms, Labs, and School Facilities for Quality Education
Las Virgenes Unified School District Serves Approximately 10,500 students in preschool through high school in the cities of Agoura Hills, Calabasas, Hidden Hills, Westlake Village, and Bell Canyon along with unincorporated areas of West Hills. LVUSD consistently ranks amongst the top 2% in the state of California and have been awarded several US Blue Ribbon and CA Gold Ribbon school distinctions.
Aging Classrooms, Labs, and School Facilities
Many of LVUSD’s 16 schools were built more than 50 years ago and require repairs and upgrades. Last year alone, there were more than 150 classrooms with leaky roofs. Some portable classrooms are more than 30 years old, are falling apart, and several have been condemned due to structural damage and water leaks.
Supporting Advanced Education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math
Aging schools were built for a different era of education. Outdated classrooms, labs, job training facilities, and classrooms technology need updates to meet rising academic standards and support advanced classes in science, math, engineering, and technology.
Measure S: Upgrading Local Schools Without Increasing Tax Rates
To ensure all local schools have safe and modern classrooms, labs, and school facilities, the LVUSD Board of Education has placed Measure S, a school facilities improvement bond measure on the November 2022 ballot. If approved, Measure S would simply extend the current tax rate of $36.77 per $100,000 of assessed value already paid. It would not increase tax rates beyond what property owners already pay. Funds from the measure could be used to:
Improve student safety and campus security systems including security fencing, security cameras, intruder-protection systems, emergency communication systems, smoke detectors, fire alarms, and sprinklers
Provide modern labs, career training facilities, and equipment so students are prepared for college and in-demand careers in fields such as health sciences, engineering, technology, and skilled trades
Provide classrooms, facilities, and technology to support high-quality instruction in math, science, engineering, and technology
Repair or replace deteriorating roofs, plumbing, sewer lines, gas lines, and electrical systems where needed
Install, repair, or replace air conditioning systems in classrooms to improve air quality and keep classrooms from reaching temperatures above 85 degrees
Remove hazardous materials such as asbestos and lead pipes from older school sites
Keep computer systems and instructional technology up to date
Upgrade older schools to meet current health codes, building safety codes, earthquake safety standards, and improve access for students with disabilities
Facilities master plan
Quality facilities that support excellence in education and learning are the focus for LVUSD. The following Facilities Master Plan 2020 is a comprehensive look at all of the district's facilities needs and opportunities for improvements. As you will see in our updated Facilities Master Plan, our facilities needs far outweigh the current resources we have to address them. The District and LVUSD Board of Education are working on a phased approach to meet our needs in a prudent and responsible way.
Mandatory Fiscal Accountability Protections
Measure S requires a clear system of accountability, including:
A detailed project list indicating the only projects that may be funded by the measure
A Citizens’ Oversight Committee and independent audits to ensure funds are spent properly
All funds must be locally controlled to support local students
No funds can be taken away by the state or used for other purposes
Public disclosure of all spending is required
Funds would be used to compete for state matching funds that would otherwise go to other school districts
Funds can only be used for facilities improvements, and no funds can be used for salaries or pensions
Measure S would not increase tax rates