Should the Oakland school district float a $475 million facilities bond measure in the November election? The Oakland school board might decide to do so on Wednesday night.
Here’s the short version of the possible ballot language that the school board will consider. Unlike a parcel tax, it would need just 55 percent of the vote to pass:
To repair, replace or construct restrooms, old plumbing, sewers, lighting, heating, portable classrooms, electrical systems, roofs, to address dry rot, and to bring existing buildings up to current safety standards; upgrade technology, science and computer labs; renovate,construct and equip classrooms; and improve energy efficiency; shall the Oakland Unified School District issue $475 million in bonds, with independent citizen oversight, no money for pensions or benefits, and all money for Oakland public schools.
That shortened version doesn’t mention community kitchens, though those are part of the project list in the full measure.
Here are the specific schools and campuses mentioned in the draft:
Washington campus (Sankofa Academy), Roosevelt Middle School, McClymonds High, Foster campus (site of new central kitchen/commissary), Fremont High, Glenview Elementary, Melrose Leadership Academy, Webster campus (childhood development center replacement), Greenleaf Elementary, Sobrante Park Elementary, Madison Middle.
A note on timing: As of late last week, there seemed to be some uncertainty among OUSD staff about whether this would be a first reading or a final vote; I got some clarification today from board President Jody London that the board could decide to vote on Wednesday, as I’d originally thought. Of course, the board might also discuss/amend the proposed language this week and take the final vote on June 27.