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Measures I and J

Our local Santa Barbara Unified schools provide students with a strong core academic curriculum and innovative programs that prepare them for college and tomorrow’s careers. We believe that the quality of our facilities make a significant difference in the outcomes for students. The Board of Trustees of the Santa Barbara Unified School District placed Measures I and J on the November 8, 2016 ballot in support of our students.

Project Updates

Santa Barbara High School Peabody Grandstand Replacement and Stadium Renovation Project Update, March 3, 2017
Santa Barbara High School Peabody Grandstand Replacement and Stadium Renovation Project Update, February 14, 2017

Upgrades and Repairs for a Safe, Modern Learning Environment

Many of our classrooms and educational facilities need repairs and updates to support 21st Century learning. Projects include replacement of portables, safety upgrades, and improvements in classroom learning environments.

Priorities for our elementary schools include:

  • Replacement of old portables with new permanent classrooms
  • Repair outdated underground utilities — water, sewer, and natural gas
  • Repair playground surfaces and outdoor paving
  • Modernization of classroom lighting, windows, heating, and ventilation systems
  • Repair old, leaky roofs
  • Modernization of old bathrooms

Priorities for our junior and senior high schools include:

  • Replacement of old portables with new permanent classrooms
  • Repair outdated underground utilities — water, sewer, and natural gas
  • Improve site drainage to avoid flooding
  • Repair/replace outdated and unsafe electrical equipment
  • Repair of kitchen and cafeteria facilities to meet health code standards
  • Fix classroom lighting, windows, heating, and air circulation systems
  • Repair or replace old, leaky roofs
  • Replacement of old junior high PE facilities

Deteriorating portable classroom Deteriorating playgroundArmory building

Purchase of the Armory Property

We have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to purchase the Armory property, located between Santa Barbara Junior High and Santa Barbara High School. This property will provide educational and community benefits for both students and adults.

Fiscal Accountability Ensures All Funds are Used Locally

  • The measures would require annual audits and independent citizen oversight committees to ensure funds are only spent on projects authorized by Measures I and J.
  • None of the funds could be taken by the State or spent on instructional staff or school administrators’ salaries.

Measure I (secondary schools): This $135 million-dollar bond measure is estimated to cost the average homeowner $12 per $100,000 of assessed value.

Resolution 2015/2016-38
Measure I handout (English)
Measure I handout (Spanish)

Measure J (elementary schools): This $58 million-dollar bond measure is estimated to cost the average homeowner $13 per $100,000 of assessed value.

Resolution 2015/2016-37
Measure J handout (English)
Measure J handout (Spanish)