Funds to provide state-mandated health, safety and technology improvements to facilities at Brook Knoll and Vine Hill Elementaries and Scotts Valley High School
SCOTTS VALLEY, Ca, September 23, 2020 — Today, the Scotts Valley Educational Foundation (SVEF) announced its endorsement of “Measure A,” a new bond initiative for the Scotts Valley Unified School District on the November ballot. “Measure A’s” purpose is to improve the quality of education in the district by providing the funds to make necessary health, safety, and ventilation improvements mandated by the state. The improvements include repairing or replacing leaky roofs and deteriorating plumbing and sewer systems, wiring and electrical systems, security and restroom improvements as well as technology upgrades needed in classrooms and for distance and hybrid learning. The Bond requires a 55 percent “yes” vote to pass. If the bond measure does not pass, the funds will come from the District’s general fund which could result in teacher and staff layoffs and the elimination of academic programs.
“With the community’s trust and support, the District successfully completed Scotts Valley Middle School but now must address the long-deferred needs of 20-year-old Scotts Valley High School and Vine Hill and Brook Knoll Elementary which are much older,” said Roger Snyder, Board President for Scotts Valley Unified School District. “These three campuses need COVID-19-related and other significant infrastructure and safety updates that will directly impact the education and well-being of students and staff. When our students and staff return to our schools we must be prepared to meet deferred maintenance needs and new challenges — these funds will allow us to do that.”
“Quality schools improve student achievement, increase property values, prepare children for a productive future and increase community safety and that’s why the Scotts Valley Educational Foundation endorses Measure A and we urge you to support it too,” said Robert Aldana, president of SVEF. “Scotts Valley’s amazing teachers, staff and students must have safe and functional facilities to maintain the high educational standards we have achieved in our district.”
“Measure A” addresses only the essentials schools need, prioritized from the district’s facilities master plan. Spending will be reviewed by an independent citizens’ oversight committee and audited annually to ensure compliance with the measure’s provisions. Funds can be spent only on facilities, not on salaries. For more information about “Measure A,” please visit www.sossv.net.
About the Scotts Valley Unified School District
SVUSD’s mission is to provide each student with quality educational and social opportunities needed to thrive in a modern world. In March 2020, SVUSD ranked No.13 out of the top 100 school districts in California according to research by Backgroundchecks.org. Comprising Brook Knoll and Vine Hill Elementary, Scotts Valley Middle School and Scotts Valley High School, SVUSD boasts the highest student test scores in Santa Cruz County as well as the highest rate of students graduating and moving on to college at a 95 percent rate. For the last four years, SVUSD students have significantly outperformed California state averages in both Mathematics and English Language Arts. For more information, please visit www.scottsvalleyusd.org.
About the Scotts Valley Educational Foundation
Founded in 1983, the Scotts Valley Educational Foundation (SVEF) provides funding for programs and education materials to enhance the solid academic curriculum and maintain the high quality of education in the Scotts Valley Unified School District (SVUSD). SVEF has donated more than $1,000,000 to support the needs of children from kindergarten through high school graduation and beyond. SVEF is a non-profit, all volunteer organization whose mission is to raise funds for direct donation and support efforts that positively impact the educational experience of all students in the Scotts Valley Unified School District. For more information and to donate, visit www.svef.net and follow SVEF on Facebook and on Instagram.
SVEF Press Contact:
Jaime Cottini, Director of Communications
[email protected] or 415-747-1605