Superintendent Update 8.11.22: MUSD Board Puts School Bond on November Ballot

Dear Monrovia Unified School District Community:

On Wednesday, August 10th, the Board of Education unanimously approved a resolution that places a school facilities improvement measure on the November 8 ballot.

The measure seeks voter approval for the issuance of $75 million in general obligation bonds, based on a projected tax rate of 3 cents per $100 ($30 per $100,000) of a property’s assessed valuation, not the market value of the property. To the median homeowner in our community, this would cost approximately $130 to $135 per year for as long as bonds are outstanding.

Funds generated by the measure would address a number of key projects outlined in the resolution. These include addressing critical infrastructure like roofs and HVAC units, interiors and exteriors of buildings and classrooms, as well as other areas such as field spaces, parking lots, and walkways at each of our schools as well as other district facilities. Funds would also go toward enhancing safety and security and improving aging classrooms, labs, learning spaces and other facilities to accommodate 21st century learning methods, career- technical education, and Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM).

My community update earlier this week provides some additional background and information related to the Board’s action last night. To listen to the discussion the Members engaged in prior to voting, please click here. I hope to see you at our schools and around our community as we welcome our students back for the start of the 2022-2023 school year on Wednesday, August 17.

Ryan D. Smith, Ed.D.