Sunnyvale ISD Trustees Call Tax Ratification Election
On November 5, 2019 voters in Sunnyvale will have the opportunity to vote in a special Tax Ratification Election. If passed, the TRE would generate additional general operating revenue funding measures that were recommended in SISD’s recently adopted Strategic Plan. The proposition would not result in a tax rate increase for voters.
This election addresses needs identified as long-standing priorities by the Sunnyvale community including: ensuring that class sizes remain below the state average, providing competitive teacher salaries for educators, maintaining student programs and course offerings, and securing student safety and wellness.
These priorities were identified in the recommendations from the board-adopted SISD Strategic Plan, which was created by a group of 150 Sunnyvale community members, teachers, parents, administrators and students. The plan is the blueprint for SISD’s next 3-5 years.
“We have always considered our community our strongest ally in the education of Sunnyvale students,” Superintendent Doug Williams said. “The goals that will be funded by the TRE are a direct reflection of the expectations of our community.”
What Will the TRE fund?
Ensure Sunnyvale class sizes are below the state average. This has been a community desire since the school district’s earliest days. SISD and its leadership values that tradition.
Provide competitive salaries for Sunnyvale teachers. SISD and its leadership want to keep these gifted teachers in Sunnyvale because they understand the value of quality educators. Recruiting the best and brightest teachers is also a key goal for SISD.
Maintain robust student programs and course offerings for Sunnyvale students. Offering a well-rounded list of student programs and courses meets SISD’s mission to engage, equip and empower all learners for life-long success.
Augment student safety and wellness needs. SISD anticipates transitioning to School Resource Officers next school year, which will create additional costs beyond our current security guard services. Additionally, our strategic plan calls for seeking a district counselor that will address our students social and emotional needs.