In 2004 voters approved Measure T, a $140 million general obligation bond to improve and expand education facilities throughout the San Bernardino City Unified School District. The goal of the measure was to improve student safety, repair local schools and relieve classroom overcrowding.
Specifically, voters agreed the District needed funds for a number of projects, including:
- Installing/repairing fire safety equipment;
- Fixing leaky roofs/decaying walls;
- Removing asbestos;
- Upgrading bathrooms, plumbing, sewers/electrical wiring for computer technology;
- Building new schools;
- Improving disabled access;
- Repairing, expanding, and constructing classrooms, labs, schools, and libraries.
To maintain financial accountability to local taxpayers, the District made the commitment to conduct annual audits, coordinate a Citizens’ Oversight Committee, and implement a community information program to ensure local residents were kept up to date on all aspects of school construction.
To promote economic strength within the community, the District is also promoting the hiring of local businesses where possible as vendors throughout the building program.
Finally, the District has guaranteed that absolutely no bond monies will be used for administrator’s salaries.