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Monterey Park Endorses $50 Million School-Improvement Bond on November Ballot

Last Friday, the City Council of the City of Monterey Park held a special meeting to discuss the passage of Measure MM on the November 4 ballot.  Unanimously endorsed by the Monterey Park City Council the measure calls for a $50 million bond to modernize and update every elementary school in the Alhambra Unified School District (AUSD).

The bond will be used strictly for improvements and repairs on all 13 AUSD elementary schools.  Monterey Park is home to four of these schools, Brightwood, Monterey Highlands, Repetto, and Ynez Elementary.  No funds will go towards operating expenses, such as teacher and administrator salaries, and will be monitored by an elected independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee.  The measure would mean a property tax increase by $15.90 a year for every $100,000 of assessed home value.

Locally, similar measures have passed in 2004 and 1999.

Measure C in 2004, called for $85 million bond to update and repair AUSD high schools with about the same boundaries as Measure MM with exception to the allocation of funds.  In 2004, funds were dispersed according to need to Alhambra, Mark Keppel, San Gabriel, Century, and Independence High Schools.

Measure MM is said to allocate funds equally among all elementary campuses.

In 1999, voters approved a $30 million school-improvement bond.  Measure A resulted in the construction of 104 new classrooms, eight new libraries and 12 computer labs, and various classroom infrastructure improvements.

All measures seek to increase test scores and standard of education in AUSD schools.  Measure MM is set to appear on the November 4 ballot and requires a 2/3 vote in the district to pass.