Enhancing Education and Ensuring Student Safety: Upgrading Aging Classrooms, Labs, and School Facilities
Loomis Union School District (LUSD) provides a quality education for approximately 3,000 Transitional Kindergarten through 8th graders in Loomis, portions of Rocklin and the unincorporated Placer County communities Penryn, Newcastle, Ophir and Auburn.
Aging Classrooms, Labs and School Facilities
Many LUSD classrooms were constructed several decades ago and require substantial repairs and upgrades. Classrooms, labs, libraries and other school facilities have leaky roofs, outdated and inefficient heating and cooling systems, deteriorating restrooms, plumbing, gas lines, and outdated electrical systems. Aging structures contain hazardous materials like lead and asbestos, requiring safe removal. Enhancements to school security and fire safety systems will safeguard student health and well-being. Additionally, outdated classrooms and laboratories need upgrades to support modern instruction in science, math, and technology, to equip students for success in high school, college, and the workforce.
Upgrading our School Facilities
To ensure all local schools have safe and modern classrooms, labs and school facilities, the LUSD Board of Education is considering placing a school facilities improvement bond measure on the ballot next year for local voters to consider. Funds from a local school facilities improvement bond measure must only be used for repairing and upgrading Loomis Union schools. No funds may be used for administrator salaries and no funds may be taken by the State.
The bond measure will enable the following improvements:
Safety Upgrades: Hazardous materials will be safely removed from aging school sites, ensuring the well-being of students and staff.
Infrastructure Enhancements: Aging schools will undergo infrastructure enhancements to comply with current health, building safety codes and improve access for students with disabilities, all while providing a secure and conducive learning environment.
State-of-the-Art Learning Spaces: Provide state-of-the-art classrooms and labs to support high-quality instruction in science, technology, engineering, math and other core academic programs.
Mandatory Fiscal Accountability
A school facilities improvement bond measure would require a clear system of fiscal accountability, including a detailed project list indicating the only projects that may be funded by the measure. A Citizens' Oversight Committee and independent audits would ensure funds are only used for promised projects and ensure required public disclosure of all spending.
All funds from a school facilities improvement bond measure must be controlled locally and used to support LUSD schools only. By law, funds from this measure may not be taken away by the State or used for other purposes. State funding for school districts does not include dedicated funding for facility improvements. The only state funding that is available requires local matching funds. LUSD is evaluating options for securing locally controlled funding to upgrade local schools and to qualify for state matching funds that would otherwise go to other school districts.
For more information about the bond measure and how it will benefit Loomis Union School District, please visit the links in the navigation pane to the right.