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Frequently Asked Questions

How are Cotati and Rohnert Park schools doing?

We are proud that our schools here in Cotati and Rohnert Park provide a strong education for our students, with academic programs that will prepare them for college and careers. The gains our students have made in test scores are reflective of our rigorous academic curriculum, highly skilled teachers and continued community support.

 

What has Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District done to address facilities needs?

The District undertook an extensive facilities master planning process in 2013, which identified over $240 million in critical repairs and updates needed at our district schools. The next year, our community approved Measure B with over 63% support. Measure B has allowed the District to complete the first phase of priority repairs and upgrades to classrooms, labs and educational technology and infrastructure. Although our schools have come far, it was always known that the facilities needs exceeded the funding that Measure B provided. There is still work to be done to bring all classrooms up to the same standard for a modern education.

 

What needs remain unaddressed?

Many classrooms are more than 40 years old and need to be updated or replaced to provide students with a safe and suitable academic setting needed for a 21st-century education. By continuing to repair classrooms and aging heating and air conditioning systems, the District can continue to cut utility bills, increasing the funds going to support classroom teaching and core academic programs. Over the past few years the District has saved more than $200,000, which is now benefiting teachers and students! As our local schools improve, student enrollment has gone up. We must make sure we have the necessary classrooms, science labs and school libraries to prevent overcrowding.

 

How is the District planning to address these issues?

In order to complete the next phase of repairs and updates, the Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District Board of Trustees placed Measure C on the November 8, 2016 ballot.

 

Specifically, what will Measure C do?
Measure C will:

 • Update classrooms, science labs and libraries to meet modern academic standards

 • Prevent classroom overcrowding

 • Remove asbestos, lead and other hazardous materials from schools

 • Ensure all schools meet current earthquake safety standards

 • Build multiuse classrooms for performing arts, science and vocational education programs

 • Make all classrooms accessible for students with disabilities

 

How much will Measure C cost?

The measure will provide $80 million for repairs and upgrades to local schools, and is estimated to cost $49 per $100,000 in assessed (not market) property value annually. The assessed value of a home is determined each year by the Sonoma County Assessor, but it is generally based on the original purchase price.

 

How do I know Measure C funds will be used responsibly?

Measure C features strict fiscal accountability provisions:

 • Measure C will make Cotati and Rohnert Park schools eligible for millions of dollars in state matching funds that will otherwise go to other

   communities

 • All funds will stay local and cannot be taken away by Sacramento or used for administrators’ salaries

 • Independent citizens’ oversight and annual audits will be required

 • Measure C will help ensure developers pay their fair share of school construction costs

 

Will all funds benefit our Cotati and Rohnert Park schools?

Yes. All funds generated by Measure C will stay local and could not be taken away by Sacramento.

 

Were Measure B bond funds used properly?

Yes. Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District was a responsible steward of Measure B bond funds, as is demonstrated by the independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee report, which verified that all expenditures have been in accordance with voter approved priorities. As required by law, bond expenditures were also audited for compliance, and you can view the information at www.crpusd.org/bond-reports.

 

I am concerned about the growing enrollment at my school. How will Measure C help?

Thanks to improved academic programs and growing student achievement, we are retaining students and attracting new families to our schools. Measure C will provide sufficient classrooms, science labs and school libraries to prevent overcrowding in our schools.

 

How will a bond measure contribute to a 21st-century education for Cotati and Rohnert Park students?

We know that a modern education is the key to our students’ success in the 21st century. Measure C will update classrooms, science labs and libraries to meet modern academic and educational standards, enabling our schools to better prepare our students for college and today’s competitive job market.

 

Will Measure C save money by increasing energy efficiency?

Yes. Repairing 40-year-old classrooms, replacing aging heating and air conditioning systems and cutting utility bills has already saved the District more than $200,000. Measure C will make other projects to increase energy efficiency possible. This will continue to save the District money – funds that can be redirected into the classroom to directly support teaching and core academic programs.

 

Is there any other way to upgrade and improve safety in our schools?

Our District 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. Measure C provides the local control necessary to complete the prioritized projects to provide a safe and modern learning environment for our students. We need Measure C to continue offering a high-quality education for local students and to prepare them for success in our high-tech, 21st-century economy.

 

When can I vote on Measure C?

Measure C will appear on the ballot in the November 8, 2016 election. Absentee voters should expect to receive their ballots in the mail the week of October 10.


Who is eligible to vote on Measure C?

All registered voters within the Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District boundaries will be eligible to vote on Measure C.

 

When is the deadline to register to vote?

The deadline to register to vote in this election is Monday, October 24. To register to vote, please visit www.registertovote.ca.gov.

 

When is the deadline to request to vote by mail?

The deadline to request to vote by mail in this election is Tuesday, November 1. To request to vote by mail, visit vote.sonoma-county.org/content.aspx?sid=1009&id=1052#VBM_application.

 

How do I know if I am registered to vote?

If you are unsure if you are registered to vote or do not receive your absentee ballot the week of October 10, please contact the Sonoma County Registrar of Voters at (707) 565-6800 or visit vote.sonoma-county.org.


How do I find my polling place?

To find your polling place, visit vote.sonoma-county.org and click on “Polling Place & Sample Ballot Lookup” on the left side under “Voter Information Lookup.”

 

How many votes are required for Measure C to pass?

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

 

 

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