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Maintaining Academic Excellence in Moraga Schools

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A Community Tradition of Supporting High Quality Education

For more than 25 years, our schools have relied on a voter-approved school parcel tax that provides locally controlled funding to support our excellent teachers and maintain world class academic programs. MSD has a strong track record of responsibly managing taxpayer dollars and has a prudent reserve as a result.

 

Parcel Tax Funding Has Allowed the District to Avoid Deep Cuts and Teacher Layoffs

Local parcel tax funding — which provides just over $1 million annually and is equivalent to 10 full time teachers — is set to expire in July 2020. Without the parcel tax, the District faces deep cuts that would have a significant impact on our academic programs, class sizes and the quality of education in our schools.

 

Potential Renewal Measure for Continued Student Success

In order to preserve this dedicated source of education funding, the MSD Governing Board unanimously voted to place a renewal measure on the March 3, 2020 ballot. A renewal measure would help ensure that Moraga’s schools keep pace with others in Lamorinda and the Bay Area, and remain among the best in the State. If approved, the measure would continue funding at the current $192 rate with a modest annual inflation adjustment, capped at 3% annually. Specifically, the renewal measure would support our schools by:

  • Continuing effective science, technology, engineering, arts, math and music programs
  • Maintaining manageable class sizes
  • Attracting and retaining the best qualified teachers
  • Keeping school libraries open
  • Protecting student safety and security

 

Mandatory Fiscal Accountability Protections

The renewal measure includes specific taxpayer protections, including:

  • By law, all funding from the measure would directly benefit Moraga elementary and intermediate schools—the state could not touch these funds
  • Citizen’s oversight and annual public audits would be required
  • None of the funds could be used to pay administrators’ salaries or benefits
  • Low-income senior citizens could apply for an exemption from the cost of the measure
  • Funding could be ended by Moraga voters

 

More Information:

For more details about MSD’s potential school funding renewal measure, please view the following links: