Thank you San Geronimo Valley!

With a 70% to 30% win, the voters within the Lagunitas School District boundaries have voted to continue funding our Valley schools for another 8 years with a parcel tax.  These funds help ensure the small class sizes and well rounded education that our local kids have benefited from for many years.  THANK YOU!!!

YEA ON A!

Keep the Valley’s Future Bright!

The Parcel Tax is a renewal, not a request for new funds. Valley voters have supported our schools with the Parcel Tax since 1987, generations of students have benefited from this funding.

Any senior in our community can vote yes on the parcel tax and can opt out of the tax.

California is 46th in the nation in per-pupil spending. The funding we receive without the parcel tax is not enough to provide a high quality education for our children

99.1% of the money from the parcel tax is spent directly on teachers and in the classroom

On November 7, 2017

Vote YES on Measure A

The Marin IJ Endorses Measure A! Read about it here

“I’m all in for Measure A. With limited funding available from the state, our local kids rely on this funding to ensure small class sizes. Let’s continue this vital local funding, 100% of which will stay in our community.” ~ Supervisor Dennis Rodoni

Measure A is endorsed by Sup. Dennis Rodoni, Former Sup. Steve Kinsey, Rep. Jared Huffman, Margaret & Kit Krauss, the League of Women Voters, Marin County Superintendent of Schools Mary Jane Burke, and Many More…

On November 7, 2017

Vote YES on Measure A

The Marin IJ Endorses Measure A! Read about it here

“I’m all in for Measure A. With limited funding available from the state, our local kids rely on this funding to ensure small class sizes. Let’s continue this vital local funding, 100% of which will stay in our community.” ~ Supervisor Dennis Rodoni

Measure A is endorsed by Sup. Dennis Rodoni, Former Sup. Steve Kinsey, Rep. Jared Huffman, Margaret & Kit Krauss, the League of Women Voters, Marin County Superintendent of Schools Mary Jane Burke, and Many More…

Some Measure A Parcel Tax Facts:

  • The Parcel Tax is a renewal, not a request for new funds. Valley voters have supported our schools with the Parcel Tax since 1987, generations of students have benefited from this funding.
  • The parcel tax currently pays for 5 teachers
  • Measure A will need a 67% supermajority to pass.
  • Without the parcel tax, class size will increase by as much as 50%
  • Any senior in our community can vote yes on the parcel tax and can opt out of the tax.
  • The annual Cost of Living Adjustment in Measure A amounts to $34.78 for July 2019 – July 2020 which amounts to less than 10¢ a day. How much will it be by 2021? $37.03 or just over 10¢ per day.
  • Renters can vote YES
  • It has never been more important to vote YES. In these complicated times we must come together and continue to provide a high quality education for our friends and neighbors.
  • California is 46th in the nation in per-pupil spending. The funding we receive without the parcel tax is not enough to provide a high quality education for our children
  • Parents in our district are doing their part, last year they contributed a record breaking $125,000 in donations. Yet without the parcel tax our district will be severely underfunded.
  • Strong schools like ours develop responsible citizens and leaders. They also keep our community vital, attract new families and enhance our property values. Valley voters have proudly supported the Parcel Tax for 30 years. This November’s parcel tax measure continues our commitment to these critical programs and your support is essential to providing the children of San Geronimo Valley with the quality education they deserve.
  • 99.1% of the funds from Measure A will go directly to pay for classroom costs like teachers and instructional aides

See what your neighbors say about Measure A:

Anne McClain endorsed:

“Our school district is at the center of our community. It provides a wonderful education for our children. All of us have a stake in the children of our community. Our school has a long track record of prudent spending and careful management of funds as well as providing an education with loving attention to each and every child. Our schools in California are vastly underfunded and we have to fill in with a parcel tax. This is one tax that I am happy to pay. I see where the $ goes–it goes to our teachers and classrooms. Our two daughters got a great educational foundation in the Lagunitas School District and I would like to see that continue for future generations. Please support Measure A!”

Helen Ferlino endorsed:

“I have always felt the valley worked together to support all ages. Now our schools need us to work together to ensure our district stays vibrant and strong and has the resources they need to educate our children. Yea on A!”

Rebecca Teague endorsed

“I endorse Measure A because healthy schools make healthy neighborhoods. Every Valley kid deserves a great education that will prepare them for high school and beyond.”

John Carroll endorsed:

“Both of my kids attended Lagunitas from Kindergarten on. One graduated ready to go when she got to Drake and the other is in 7th grade. Lagunitas needs this funding to keep this great school going!”

Dianne Ploof endorsed

“I support Measure A because our local school depends on it. The funds from Measure A help pay for teachers and aides. With Ross Valley schools so impacted we need our Valley School!!”

Laura Shain endorsed

“Support for Measure A is necessary to keep our beloved San Geronimo Valley school district thriving. Without continued parcel tax funding, the Lagunitas School District faces losing important staff, increasing class size, and cutting treasured programs for our students. We need the community’s continued support in November!”

James Sanders endorsed

“The Yea on A campaign to pass Measure A in the San Geronimo Valley is vital to the financial health of the local public schools. If Measure A fails, classroom size will skyrocket and quality of education will dramatically fall. A corollary of this will be reduced property values as our valley will be a less desirable place to buy a home.”

Catherine Granville endorsed

“My third kid will have come all the way through this district (k-8) by 2021. There is no other place like it to prepare a human for life. I support Measure A to keep class size small, ensure quality, project based, and child centered learning, and because I want to remain proud of how the community comes together for those purposes. JOIN ME”

Meegan Lee Ochs-Potter endorsed

“Our school is really special, and one of the most essential assets is small class sizes. I am hopeful that you will consider supporting our school by voting Yea on A this November, and by helping us fund our small budget to ensure our success in passing this essential measure. If you are voting yes, please send me an e-mail so I can add you to our yes voter list!”

Meet some recent Lagunitas graduates:

Breeze Kinsey – Lagunitas School Graduate Profile

I will never forget my time at Lagunitas School.  In addition to the lifelong friends I made, the teachers who provided fun, inspiring, and thought provoking lessons will always stand out in my mind as great influences in my life.  The people and programs at Lagunitas...
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David Crosse – Lagunitas School Graduate Profile

Most of my memories of my education at Lagunitas School were only possible because I had so much face time with my teachers. As a result, I remember them and the personalized challenges they gave to me in each year. I can remember learning how to read,...
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Erica Vogt – Lagunitas School Graduate Profile

What do you remember most about the Lagunitas School District? I remember Lagunitas School as a growth-inspiring, caring, close knit community that allowed me to fully express myself and find my place in an inclusive community. Lagunitas embraces differences and...
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7th Grade Social Studies Monuments Projects

While not exactly a graduate profile, I wanted to share a little something special that our current 7th grade students are doing. Form Teacher Katherine Sanford ~ "The 7th grade Social Studies class has been studying monuments and they way all cultures...
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Amin Al Jamal – Lagunitas School Graduate Profile

What do you remember most about the Lagunitas School District? I remember my whole elementary school career at Open Classroom vividly. This was because the closeness of the classrooms and the various grades to each other tapped into a community synergy...
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Julia Hedelman – Lagunitas School Graduate Profile

What do you remember most about the Lagunitas School District?What do you remember most about the Lagunitas School District? When I reflect on my nine years as a student at Lagunitas, a collection of memories come to mind. Learning to play the flute in...
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Tai Soladay – Lagunitas School Graduate Profile

What do you remember most about the Lagunitas School District? What I remember most about the Lagunitas School District was the sense of community, care and encouragement I felt from kindergarten all the way through 8th grade. Every class felt like a...
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Anna Traub – Lagunitas School Graduate Profile

What do you remember most about the Lagunitas School District? What I remember most about Lagunitas School District is the ability to explore who I am as a learner and how to engage with learning hands-on. I remember being told that it was possible to be...
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Elena Sayers – Lagunitas School Graduate Profile

What do you remember most about the Lagunitas School District? My most profound memory of the Lagunitas School District was the focus on teaching to the individual. When I was at the Open Classroom, each teacher taught to the students unique learning...
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Katherine Podoll – Lagunitas School Graduate Profile

What do you remember most about the Lagunitas School District? I remember the community and caring feeling that everyone on campus gave the students. I remember how there were people from so many different backgrounds and learning environments on the one...
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Quincy Smith – Lagunitas School District Graduate Profile

What do you remember most about the Lagunitas School District? I have countless fond memories from my time at the Lagunitas School District, however what I remember most is the time spent with my friends, whether that was playing basketball on the upper...
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Frequently Asked Questions:

What does the Parcel Tax money pay for?
Parcel Tax funds currently support 5 classroom teachers, professional development for all staff, classroom supplies for each program, PE, art, music and science. Parcel tax funds also support our counseling program and technology services.

 

99.1% of our Parcel Tax is directly spent on teachers or in the classroom.

Why renew an existing parcel tax?
The parcel tax which is already being paid by San Geronimo Valley property owners is due to expire in 2017.  The measure on the November 2017 ballot will simply extend the already existing parcel tax for 5 years.  This is not a new tax!

 

We all love living in the valley and appreciate the benefit of virtually no development here. One downside of the limited growth in valley housing is that property tax income does not grow by much, either.  That fact along with the limitations imposed by Proposition 13 means that our school district is starved for money.  Renewing the parcel tax will allow our district to maintain current staffing and programs. This is not a measure that will allow for new staff positions, higher salaries or new facilities!  Measure A will allow our school district to continue educating our kids in the way that generations of Valley residents have been educated, with respect for parents, educators and kids.

Does everyone pay the Parcel Tax?
No!  Only property owners within the boundaries of the Lagunitas School District are charged with the parcel tax on their property tax bill. If you are a Senior Citizen, you can fill out a form to be exempted from the tax. Also, renters do not pay the parcel tax.
Does the parcel tax go up over time?
Measure A does include a ‘Cost of Living Adjustment’ which seems to be one of the major points of contention by those who are opposed to the measure. The fact is that the 6.5% adjustment amounts to an increase $34.74 for the 2019/2020 year which comes to just under 10 cents a day.  For the year 2020/2021 the adjustment is closer to $37 or just a hair more than 10 cents a day.  While 6.5% may sound like a big adjustment, in actual dollar value it is quite small.

 

What does this adjustment cover:

  • Staff salaries follow a negotiated schedule that begins very low and rises as teachers add experience and college credits plus a yearly cost of living adjustment. Together, these salary components add 5-7% annually. Is this excessive? Our teacher’s
    salaries begin 17th out of 18 districts in Marin.
  • Healthcare costs increase yearly, the past decade average is 6.25% annually.
  • Special Education services are mandated by law. District Special Ed costs have doubled in five years.

 

What happens if the parcel tax fails?
The school district will lose about 20% of it’s budget causing drastic cuts.
I can't (or don't want to) vote in person on Tuesday Nov, 7
How about voting by mail?  You can visit https://www.marincounty.org/depts/rv/voting-information/voting-by-mail for more information.

Can we count on you to vote ‘Yes’ and make sure our school district continues to thrive?

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Where does the money from our parcel tax go?

99.1% of the funds raised from Measure A will go DIRECTLY to teachers and classroom costs.