Piedmont’s Measures G and H
Why are Measures G and H needed?
Our basic school parcel tax (the one we’ve supported for over 30 years) is up for renewal. Inadequate state funding combined with the high cost of living in the area has created a serious teacher shortage. Over the past two years, 22 Piedmont teachers left the district due to cost of living issues. Additionally, a number of quality teachers being recruited for classroom positions went to other districts for the same reason. Our schools need $2.6 million more annually to recruit and retain quality teachers and staff and help maintain Piedmont's quality educational program.
Why are there two measures?
Measure G renews our basic school parcel tax and is a flat rate where all homeowners pay the same amount. Over the past few years the board has heard input from the community asking our school district to levy a parcel tax based on the square footage of one's home, like ones recently passed in Alameda, Berkeley and Emeryville. The board decided to keep the basic parcel tax, Measure G, as the flat tax, and add Measure H, a second parcel tax based on the square footage of a homeowner's home, to help fund the $2.6 million per year needed to attract and retain high quality teachers and support staff.
What will Measures G and H do?
Measures G and H will help to:
- Attract and retain highly qualified teachers and educational support staff
- Continue funding a breadth and depth of programs in math, science, technology, engineering, English, music and the visual and performing arts
- Maintain smaller class sizes
- Provide resources to keep textbooks and instructional technology in the classroom up-to-date, as well as keep libraries open at all the schools
- Provide for counseling and advanced college prep course offerings
Measure G will renew and extend the existing parcel tax that is set to expire.
Inadequate state funding combined with the high cost of living in the area makes retaining and recruiting quality teachers and educational staff difficult. This is an issue being faced by school districts throughout the bay area and the state. Measure H will enable the district to offer competitive compensation packages in order to recruit and retain high quality teachers. In order to maintain our comprehensive program and also properly compensate teachers so they can afford to stay in this area, we need to pass both Measures G and H. Click here to read a letter that expands on some of these points.
How much will Measures G and H generate?
Measures G and H will generate $13.4 million annually for the Piedmont schools. Measure G will cost all homeowners $2,763 per year. The cost to homeowners for Measure H will be 25 cents per square foot of their home.
Can funds raised for Measures G and H be taken away by the state or used for other purposes?
No. All money raised by Measures G and H will stay in Piedmont to support our students.
What would happen if Measures G and H do not pass?
A lot is at stake. Over 25% of the school district’s budget is funded by the school parcel tax. If Measures G and H do not pass, up to 100 teacher positions will be eliminated, many academic and advanced programs in math, science, technology, engineering, English, music and the visual and performing arts, will be slashed, school libraries will close, class sizes will increase by as much as 40%, and it will become more and more difficult to attract and retain quality teachers and educational staff. Over the past two years, 22 teachers left the district due to cost of living issues. Additionally, numerous teaching candidates recruited for classroom positions went to other districts for the same reason.
What would happen if Measure G was approved and Measure H was not?
If this happens, cuts will need to be made to Piedmont's educational program. Measure H funds are needed to enable the district to recruit and retain high quality teachers. Addressing teacher and staff compensation is a critical priority. Without high quality teachers, we cannot provide the breadth and depth of educational programs Piedmont students need to be prepared for success in college and careers. Passage of Measures G and H is essential to maintaining the quality of Piedmont schools.
Do both employee groups (the Association of Piedmont Teachers (APT) and the Classified School Employees Association (CSEA) endorse Measures G and H?
Yes. Members of both employee groups endorse Measures G and H. Click here to read a letter from the leaders of APT and CSEA, endorsing Measures G & H.
How will the funds raised by Measures G and H be managed?
By law and as outlined in the school district resolutions (and printed in the Voter Information Guide), PUSD is required to spend the funds raised by Measures G and H on their intended purposes. The district and two employee groups have developed a Memorandum of Understanding to help provide clarity and structure during negotiations if Measure H is approved. For details, see "Memorandum of Understanding Between PUSD and APT and CSEA Regarding Use of Measure H Funds".
There are and will continue to be citizen oversight committees that meet regularly to monitor the PUSD budget, including the monthly Budget Advisory Committee. PUSD welcomes and encourages broad community participation in these meetings. The PUSD budget is also available on the district website.
Where can I go for more specific information about teacher and staff compensation?
Please contact the Superintendent's office at (510) 594-2614 or email Superintendent Randall Booker.
I do not have children in the schools. How will Measures G and H benefit me?
The high quality of Piedmont schools helps to protect and improve local property values. Even if you do not have school-age children, supporting Measures G and H is a wise investment.
When is the election and who will vote on Measure G and Measure H?
Election Day is November 5, 2019. Permanent Vote by Mail ballots will begin arriving in mailboxes the week of October 7th. All registered voters who live within the Piedmont Unified School District boundaries are eligible to vote. To pass, each measure must receive at least 66.7% support from those who vote on the measure.