Voters who live in the Acalanes Union High School District must get their Measure A parcel tax ballots mailed in by next Tuesday. This is a mail-in ballot only, and the measure must receive a two-thirds majority to pass.
The district says it must cut its budget by $8 million. At risk are 50 teaching positions and science, foreign language, English, social studies, arts and math classes--unless this five-year $112-per-parcel tax passes. The district hopes to raise an additional $3.9 million with this funding. The district's existing parcel tax is $189 a year, so this $112 would be in addition to that. However, Measure A sunsets in five years. Residents who live in the Walnut Creek School District also pay an annual $82-per-parcel tax.
More than a loss of programs and classes is at risk, says John Stockton, the Acalanes superintendent. In a recent e-mail notice, he said that the district will also lose many dynamic new teachers and an environment that nurtures the professional growth of teachers and quality education for students.
"There is a great synergy attained at a school through the mixing of veteran and junior teachers," he writes. "The positive attributes of teachers with varying levels of experience continually refresh a school's environment. ... The professional cycle of learning now present in the Acalanes Union High School District is in great part responsible for the tremendous social and academic development of our students...."