Argument for Measure N

VOTE YES on Measure N to protect the outstanding education students receive at Loma Prieta Elementary School and C.T. English Middle School without raising tax rates!

Loma Prieta Elementary and C.T. English Middle schools are part of what makes our mountain community unique. Great teachers and rigorous math, science, history, reading, and writing curriculum have prepared generations of mountain children to succeed in high school, college, and careers. 

Unfortunately, years of state budget cuts have hurt our mountain schools.  And now, with the ongoing financial effects of the coronavirus pandemic, we face tens of thousands of dollars in further lost revenues.  Measure N is necessary! We depend on local revenue to supplement limited State funding.

Measure N does NOT increase tax rates. It simply extends our already existing modest parcel tax, which would otherwise expire after the 2020-21 school year. Measure N won’t solve all our funding needs, but it will help retain exceptional teachers and protect core programs in our mountain schools.

The funds Measure N will protect are critical to our district, helping us:

  • Maintain outstanding core academic programs in reading, writing, math, history, and science
  • Retain highly qualified and experienced teachers
  • Prepare Loma Prieta and C.T. English students to thrive in a rigorous high school environment

Taxpayer protections are REQUIRED. NO funds are allowed for administrators’ salaries. Independent Citizens’ Oversight and mandatory audits are required for fiscal accountability. 

Measure N costs less than $14 a month for property owners. A senior citizen exemption is available. Every penny stays local to benefit Loma Prieta and C.T. English schools and students only. This money cannot be taken away by the State. 

Whether or not you have school-age children, protecting the high quality of our public education is a wise investment. Good schools protect property values and keep our mountain community strong. 

Join teachers, parents, and residents in VOTING YES on Measure N!

Patti Hughes
Assistant Principal, Los Gatos High School, Retired

Phillippa Siersema
Measure H Citizens Oversight Committee Member

Kevin Arnold
Longtime Mountain Resident, Entrepreneur

Lila Jones
LPJUSD Parent and Lifelong Mountain Resident

Neil Wiley
Editor and Publisher, Mountain Network News