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Measure T Information
Voters passed Measure T, the $149 Million General Obligation Bond on the November 7, 2006 Ballot. Hemet Unified is one of the fastest growing school districts in California with a projected increase in student enrollment of 1,200 to 1,600 students per year over the next 5 years. Providing quality facilities to house excellent educational programs is a high priority of your school board. The Governing Board is addressing this responsibility, in part, through proposing Measure T, which will provide $79 Million for new construction and $70 Million for improvements to older school facilities.
The $79 Million proposed for new projects includes Phase 2 of Tahquitz High School and the new Rancho Viejo Middle School, both located near Cawston and Fruitvale Avenues in West Hemet, and 2 additional Elementary Schools including Currie Ranch in East Hemet and Page Ranch in West Hemet. With the passage of Measure T, the district will qualify for an additional $80 Million in State matching funds for these new construction projects.
The $70 Million proposed for renovations and upgrades will include a $33 Million upgrade of Hemet High that will replace existing portable classrooms with a new academic building, will provide new science labs, and a new Performing Arts Center. As over 1/3 of our schools are over 40 years old, older schools will receive upgrades to classrooms to make them more modern. All schools throughout the district will receive funds to address local needs in technology, playground safety, and campus security.
If the District is unable to provide additional facilities to house growth, the alternatives for housing students would include year round school at all elementary campuses, double sessions at the Middle and High School levels, reduction or elimination of class size reduction at the K-3 levels, bussing students out of their local attendance areas, and adding additional portable classrooms to existing campuses, although there are legal limits to this approach.