Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Q. How have state budget cuts impacted our local schools?


A. Over the past four years, our local schools have lost $8.4 million due to state budget cuts and expect an additional $2million in cuts next year. To balance its budget in the face of severe state cuts, the District has been forced to close two elementary schools and one middle school, lay off more than 75 teachers, reduce salaries and benefits for all staff, increase class sizes and reduce the school year. There is nothing left to cut but core academic instruction.

 

Q. What is Cotati-Rohnert Park USD doing to address these cuts?


A. To protect our local schools and provide stable funding to help minimize further cuts, the Governing Board has voted to place Measure D on the June 5, 2012 ballot. Local funding may support efforts to increase student achievement and ensure students are prepared for college and 21st-century careers.

 

Q. How will Cotati-Rohnert Park USD use funds generated by Measure D?


A. Specifically, Measure D funds will help protect quality education by:

-   Preserving quality reading, writing, math and science programs

-   Keeping school libraries open and available for students

-   Protecting art, music and vocational education programs

-   Retaining and attracting qualified teachers

 

Q. What will happen if Measure D is not passed?


A. Budget cuts may negatively impact classroom instruction, including additional teacher layoffs, increased class sizes and reductions in instructional programs. This measure will make our schools less dependent on Sacramento and provide vital funding to support students and education at a time when they need it most.

 

Q. How much will Measure D cost and how long will it last?


A. Measure D would impose a tax of $89 per parcel annually for five years and provide stable locally-controlled funding that our schools can count on to protect the most essential instructional programs for students. Funding from this measure will not offset

all of the cuts, but may address the most devastating cuts that directly impact our students, including academic instruction and learning. Senior citizen homeowners, aged 65 or older, can receive an exemption.

 

Q. How can I be sure that Measure D funds will be spent as promised?


A. By law, all funds from Measure D can only be used to protect the identified programs 
in our schools. No money can be spent on administrator salaries or benefits. An independent citizens’ oversight committee and annual audits will ensure funds are spent as promised.

 

 

Q. How can I learn more about Measure D? How can I provide my input?


A. As we continue to work on solutions to maintain the quality of our local schools, we welcome your comments, feedback and questions. Please feel free to contact the district at superintendent@crpusd.org or by calling (707) 792-4722.
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