Frequently Asked Question About Measure M

How is Saddleback Valley Unified School District (SVUSD) doing?

Saddleback Valley Unified School District (SVUSD) is a highly rated TK-12 public school district focused on providing all students with a high-quality education through innovative and interactive learning environments. SVUSD schools have award-winning teachers who provide students with the resources they need to succeed, and local students leave SVUSD ready for college and careers. 

Why do we need Measure M?

While local students continue to excel, school facilities need to keep pace with the rising academic standards that ensure students have access to the education, technology and skills training they need to succeed in today’s global economy. 

Specifically, improving access to modern technology would help equip local students for success in high school, college and the challenges of our changing world. Additionally, fixing leaky roofs and updating deteriorating plumbing, sewer lines and electrical systems would allow local teachers and students to focus on academics and innovative programs in the classroom. 

Measure M provides essential local funding to make repairs and upgrades in SVUSD schools. These needed improvements made possible with Measure M funding will provide updated facilities, classrooms and technology to support student success throughout the District. 

Specifically, how will Measure M improve Saddleback Valley schools?

If approved by local voters, Measure M will:

  • Upgrade student safety and campus security systems – lighting, emergency communications systems, security camera, smoke detectors, fire alarms
  • Upgrading classrooms, facilities and technology to support innovative instruction in science, technology, engineering, arts and math 
  • Providing modern science and engineering labs to prepare students for college and careers in health sciences, engineering, technology and skilled trades 
  • Providing classrooms and facilities to support music and visual and performing arts 
  • Replacing wood and support beams with extensive termite damage and dry rot
  • Repairing or replacing roofs, plumbing, sewer, HVAC and electrical systems

Will Measure M pay for teacher or administrators’ salaries or pensions? 

No, none of the money from Measure M will be used for salaries, benefits or pensions for administrators or teachers. 

How do we know Measure M funds will be spent wisely?

Measure M requires strict fiscal accountability provisions:

  • Independent citizen oversight and annual audits are required
  • No money can be used for administrators’ salaries or pensions
  • All money raised by Measure M will stay local to support our students – nothing can be taken by the State  
  • Our local schools would be eligible to receive at least $35 million in State matching money when it becomes available – money that otherwise would go to other school districts. 

How much does Measure M cost?

The cost of Measure M will not exceed $34 per $100,000 in assessed value, not market value, per year and is estimated to cost the typical homeowner about $130 per year while bonds are outstanding. 

Is there any other way to update and improve our schools?

SVUSD has very few options when it comes to making the necessary renovations and upgrades to our local schools. We can’t rely on the State to complete these repairs. A local school facility improvement funding measure is the only way to provide the essential, local funding necessary to complete prioritized projects to provide a safe and modern learning environment for our students. In addition, if Measure M passes our schools would qualify for $35 million in State matching funds — funds that would otherwise go to other communities.

I don’t have any kids in schools. How does Measure M benefit me? 

Great schools support strong, safe communities. Whether or not you have school-age children, protecting high quality schools with Measure M means protecting our quality of life and keeping our community a desirable place for young families to raise their children.

Who can vote on Measure M? 

All registered voters living in the Saddleback Valley Unified School District are eligible to vote on Measure M? 

When can I vote on Measure M?

Election Day is Tuesday March 3, 2020. All vote-by-mail voters will receive a ballot the week of February 3. 

How many votes are needed to win?

Measure M must be supported by 55% of those who vote on it in order for it to pass.

How can I register to vote or learn more about voting on Measure M?

You can register to vote at www.registertovote.ca.gov. To find out more about voting in this election, please contact the Orange County Registrar of Voters at (714) 567-7600.

Paid for by Citizens for Saddleback Schools, FPPC# 1422452.

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