Mesa Union School District is looking to make classroom and school facility improvements and is placing a school improvement measure on the November ballot before the voters in the community. Measure O would help improve the quality of education with funding that cannot be taken by the state; make safety and security improvements; replace or renovate deterioring plumbing and inadequate electrical systems; upgrade outdated classrooms, restrooms and school facilities.
Mesa Union School District has served the children and families in this area since 1939, when Del Norte School District and Center School District merged to form one district. The original school consisted of three buildings and thecustodian’s home. Three teachers taught 68 students. As the number of students increased, the school facilities grew. In 1951, two new classrooms, a cafeteria, and office were added; two additional rooms were constructed in 1956. Six additional classrooms were added in 1964, followed by six more in 1968. With the advent of class size reduction, four new classrooms were added in 1997 and 1998. Mesa School has served the community well, but is showing its age.
Mesa campus was first built almost 80 years ago. Antique fixtures around campus show just how old the site is. So if our fixtures and equipment are antiques our infrastructure is as well. These outdated buildings need important health and safety repairs. Additional work is needed to meet handicap accessibility and earthquake standards, replace old restrooms and leaky roofs, upgrade fire alarms and security systems, and improve plumbing and electrical wiring to conserve water and energy.
Many Mesa classrooms lack air conditioning, making classrooms extremely uncomfortable on hot days. Even classrooms with existing air conditioning systems are near their end of life with outdated parts. By installing modern energy efficient air conditioning systems, Mesa will help improve learning by making sure classrooms are always comfortable and ventilated.
Securing the Mesa campus with exterior fencing and creating a one way entrance onto campus to create safer learning environment. Safety, security, and ADA improvements are needed to bring the campus update on current standards.
Frequently Asked Questions
Although it appears that our elementary school is in good shape based on achievements by our students, our classrooms need significant repairs. Faced with aging classrooms and the need to bring school facilities up to current standards, the Mesa Union School District is placing a general obligation bond measure on the upcoming November 2018 ballot that will modernize and renovate our elementary school.
The following information is provided to assist voters in understanding the facts behind the measure and how its passage will affect the District and our community.
The bond measure is subject to strict accountability requirements, including a public expenditure plan, independent annual audits and review of all spending by an Independent Citizens' Oversight Committee. No money can be spent on administrator salaries, and all funds must be used locally to improve Mesa School.