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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How are Long Beach Unified School District schools doing?
A: The Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) is proud to be one of America's finest school systems, winning many awards as a national and international model of excellence. We strive to provide a 21st century education in safe and engaging learning environments to the nearly 68,000 students that make up our diverse community. Parents, teachers and students can be excited about the future.

Q: What challenges are facing LBUSD schools?
A: A major challenge facing the District is that many school facilities are more than 60 years old, and some buildings were constructed a century ago. Repairs are needed to improve plumbing systems, provide safe drinking water, remove lead paint, asbestos and mold, meet accessibility requirements for people with disabilities, and comply with updated earthquake safety standards. Older classrooms and labs require upgrades to improve student access to computers and instructional technology that facilitate 21st century learning.

These improvements will support core academics including math, science, technology, engineering, reading and writing and help students develop the vital skills required to succeed in college and compete in today's economy.

Q: How is the District planning to address these issues?
A: To repair classrooms and support student achievement, health and safety, LBUSD's Board of Education placed a $1.7 billion school repair bond measure on the November ballot. All funds would stay local to improve LBUSD schools — no funds will be used by the State or go towards administrator salaries or pensions.

Q: Specifically, how would funds from the measure be used?
A: Funding from the measure would be used to:

  • Ensure every student in the District learns in a classroom that is safe and clean
  • Improve access to 21st century learning in science, technology, engineering and math
  • Repair deteriorating classrooms, including fixing leaky roofs and removing lead paint and asbestos from schools
  • Ensure each school meets accessibility requirements for people with disabilities
  • Upgrade electrical wiring and educational technology for classrooms and career pathway labs

Q: How do I know funds from the measure would be used responsibly?
A: The measure would include strong fiscal safeguards:

  • All funds would stay local to improve LBUSD schools — no funds may be used by the State
  • Independent citizen oversight and audits would be required
  • No funds could go to administrator salaries or pensions
  • This measure would help our schools qualify for additional State funding

Q: Could the State take away funding from the measure?
A: No. All funds generated by a potential measure would remain under local control to support LBUSD schools. The State would not be able to take a single penny.

Q: How much would the bond measure cost?
A: The measure would cost property owners approximately 6¢ per $100 of assessed (not market) value annually, while bonds are outstanding.

Q: Could this measure help our District qualify for state matching funds?
A: Yes. If passed, this measure could qualify our schools for millions of dollars in state matching funds that would otherwise go to other communities.

Q: How would the bond measure help our community?
A: Local school bonds serve as local job creators. They sustain local industry, employ local workers and bring economic activity to our area. In addition, updating local schools is a wise investment to help keep our community strong.

Q: I don't have any kids in school. How does local education funding affect me?
A: Even if you do not have school-age children, supporting quality education is a wise investment. Good schools maintain the quality of life in our community and protect the value of local homes, keeping our community strong.

Q: Is there any other way to update our schools?
A: LBUSD has very few options when it comes to making the necessary renovations and upgrades to our community schools. Funding from the State has been inconsistent and very limited, so we can't rely on the State to help address needed repairs and updates for our schools.

The bond measure would provide the local control necessary to complete prioritized projects identified in our facility planning over the past year. If approved, the bond measure could help our schools qualify for State matching funds that would otherwise go to other school districts.

Q: When will the measure be on the ballot?
A: The Classroom Repair, Student Achievement, Health and Safety Measure will be on the November 8, 2022 ballot for LBUSD voters.

Q: Who is eligible to vote on the measure?
A: All registered voters living in the Long Beach Unified School District are eligible to vote on this measure.

Q: How can I register to vote or learn more about voting?
A: You can register to vote at www.registertovote.ca.gov. To find out more about voting in this election, please contact the Los Angeles County Registrar of Voters at 800-815-2666 or visit www.lavote.gov.

Q: How can I learn more about the measure?
A: If you have more questions, or need additional information, please call (562) 997-7550.

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Last updated: 7/19/22 10:11 AM