Measure J Facilities Bond

  • Bonds are for Building

  • Thanks to the generosity of the Livermore community, Measure J was passed by voters in 2016. Measure J is a $245 million facilities bond to repair and upgrade our District's aging school facilities. The bond was used to modernize classrooms, repair aging infrastructure, renovate facilities, improve school visibility, increase access for individuals with disabilities, upgrade hardcourts, and improve overall safety and security. The Bond Program department is responsible for implementing projects funded by Measure J.  

    Teacher with students        Softball groundbreaking with team        MIddle school science class

    See our additional pages and video below highlighting the signature projects at East Avenue Middle School, Joe Michell TK-8, Granada High School, and Livermore High School that have already been completed with Measure J funds. Improvements to the Marylin Avenue STEAM Academy campus currently underway are made possible with State matching funds received from the Measure J bond. These projects were selected as Phase I of our LVJUSD Facilities Master Plan. Additional facilities improvement needs have been identified should the LVJUSD Board of Education vote to place an additional bond measure on a future ballot to be decided by Livermore voters. 

  • There Is More Work to be Done!

    Our District has carefully assessed the condition of school facilities and developed plans to bring all school facilities up to current safety and academic standards. 

    A Detailed Plan for Local School Repairs
    LVJUSD has worked with architects and school construction experts to carefully evaluate every classroom, lab, and facility in the district to develop a prioritized plan for efficiently upgrading our schools. This planning includes extensive input from parents, teachers, school staff, students, and the community. These improvements will ensure that all students have access to the same high-quality classrooms, labs, and educational facilities that some students already have. Details of recommended improvements can be found in our District's Facilities Master Plan (FMP), which is located on our website at www.livermorschools.org/FMP.

    Aging Classrooms, Science Labs, and School Facilities
    While well maintained, many of our schools were built more than 60 years ago and need to be repaired and upgraded to meet current safety and instructional standards. Aging school buildings have leaky roofs, deteriorating plumbing, and outdated and inefficient heating, cooling, and electrical systems that need repairs and upgrades. Most of our schools have portable classrooms, designed and built to be temporary solutions for growing student populations. They are now more than 30 years old and need to be replaced with permanent classrooms. Many classrooms, science labs, and career training facilities are old and in need of updates as they lack the space, equipment, and design needed to support current instruction in science, technology, engineering, math, and trade pathways. In the interest of student and staff safety, hazardous materials like asbestos and lead pipes need to be removed from older school sites and improvements such as additional cameras, gates, and fencing are needed to address modern safety and security needs.

    Locally Controlled Funding for School Repairs
    To ensure Livermore schools meet current instructional and safety standards and help them qualify for their fair share of State matching money, the LVJUSD Board of Education is considering placing a local school improvement bond measure on the November 2024 ballot. If approved, this measure would provide locally controlled funding to:

    • Replace leaky roofs and deteriorating plumbing, electrical, and heating and cooling systems
    • Provide career training facilities and equipment to prepare students for college and in-demand careers in fields like health sciences, engineering, technology, and skilled trades
    • Remove hazardous materials like asbestos and lead pipes from older school sites
    • Upgrade 60-year-old classrooms, update labs, and replace 30-year-old portable classrooms to meet current safety and instructional standards
    • Improve student safety and school security systems, cameras, gates, and fencing

    Qualifying for A Fair Share of State Matching Funds
    A local bond measure will help Livermore schools qualify for millions in State matching funds that would otherwise go to improving schools in other communities like Los Angeles and San Francisco. Improvements currently underway at Marylin Avenue STEAM Academy were made possible with State matching funds received from the Measure J bond passed in 2016. Without a new local measure, our District will not be able to receive additional State matching funds for future improvements that are needed for our students.

    Mandatory Fiscal Accountability and Local Control
    A local school improvement bond measure would require strict fiscal accountability protections, including:

    • All funds would be locally controlled to repair and upgrade Livermore schools ONLY and cannot be taken away by the State.
    • An independent citizens' oversight committee, mandatory annual audits, and public disclosure of all spending would ensure all funds are spent as promised.
    • A detailed project list outlining the specific use of funds would be required.
    • Funding from a local bond measure could help Livermore schools compete for state matching funds that would otherwise go to other school districts.
    • No funds could be used for administrators’ salaries.

    Share Your Thoughts!
    If you have questions or would like to share your priorities, please contact Bond Program Director, Kim McNeely, at kmcneely@lvjusd.org.

  • Example of leaky roof
    Example of leaky roof found in classrooms.

     

  • Portable Roof

    Portable deteriorating
    Example of deteriorating portable buildings found at schools.

  • Deteriorating structures
    Example of a deteriorating school building found at schools.

  • Kids and adults with shovels.

  • Marylin STEAM Rendering
    Rendering of the new Maryiln Avenue STEAM Academy school bulding made possible by State matching funds received from the Measure J bond passed in 2016.