Buoyed by the solid support of Measure E in the June 29 special election, the San Marino Unified School District board on Wednesday night was expected to take the first step toward finding a new superintendent to replace Jeff Wilson, who took a job elsewhere.
The board was to meet in a special session with Joel Shawn of USC’s Rossier School of Education, ask questions and gain insight into the process of “selecting the best path forward to identify, select and retain the next superintendent to lead the district,” according to board President Shelley Ryan. The meeting was due to begin after the Tribune’s press deadline.
The San Marino school board has been busy with the work of getting students back to school.
Earlier this week, they took the first step in hopes of keeping all campuses open and avoiding dramatic employee cuts.
At a special meeting Monday night, the board voted 5-0 to take another crack at passing Measure E, a $968 per parcel education tax, which will now go before voters at a June 29 special election. The parcel tax — which generates approximately $4.1 million per year — was defeated by voters on March 2 because it did narrowly missed receiving the required two-thirds majority.
As dedicated volunteers, working intimately at each of our San Marino School sites, we are devastated at the failure of Measure E. Despite PTA and community efforts to support the Measure E campaign, it failed to pass by 120 votes. On March 9, the School Board voted to eliminate 41.2 positions throughout San Marino Schools. We are heartbroken for our students, teachers and staff.
Though supporters of Measure E — the parcel tax which partially funds the San Marino Unified School District — received an increase in votes this past week, the final numbers weren’t enough to approve the parcel tax, which went down to defeat. Measure E was a funding source which provides more than $4 million to the district’s coffers.
Measure E, the parcel tax that raises $4 million annually for schools within the boundaries of the San Marino Unified School District, had fallen behind the pace needed for victory following an initial ballot count that was taken after polls closed on Tuesday evening at 8 p.m.
At The Tribune’s press deadline, Measure E had received 1,850 yes votes (62.82%) with 1,095 votes in opposition, or 37.18%. The parcel tax required two-thirds approval by the more than 10,400 registered voters who live within the boundaries of the school district to pass.
That tally included all votes that were received by day’s end Tuesday either via mail or in-person drop-off since the election began.
The San Marino Unified School District Board of Education was expected to vote at its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday evening on a resolution to begin the process of providing guidelines for an oversight committee or task force that would be activated if voters approve Measure E on March 2.
With its proceeds earmarked for education funding, Measure E raises $968 per parcel in San Marino as well as commercial properties and residences within the boundaries of the SMUSD. The special election will be held on Tuesday, March 2, by mail-in ballot.
Voters within San Marino city limits and the boundaries of the San Marino Unified School District can expect to receive their ballots this week for Measure E, the parcel tax that raises $4 million annually.
The special election will be held on Tuesday, March 2, by mail-in ballot. In order to be counted, ballots must be postmarked no later than that date.
Measure E raises $968 per parcel, adjusted by the lesser of the Los Angeles Statistical Area Consumer Price Index or 3%, including commercial properties within the boundaries of the school district.
First approved by voters in 2009 for a six-year term, the parcel tax was renewed in 2015 and is scheduled to expire in June. If Measure E receives the required two-thirds vote this year, taxpayers will be charged in perpetuity, as the six-year sunset clause has been removed from the ballot. The official ballot statement says that the tax will be assessed in each fiscal year “until ended by voters.” Voters 65 years of age and older can apply for an exemption.
Measure E funds 35 full-time equivalent teaching positions, which will be eliminated if the parcel tax is not passed, according to the SMUSD.
A second school parcel tax — Measure R — is scheduled to sunset in June 2025. First approved by voters in 1991, Measure R generates $1.6 million annually at $366 per parcel and also includes all parcels and commercial properties located within the city of San Marino as well as the boundaries of the SMUSD. Measure R currently carries a six-year term and requires two-thirds approval by voters.
It’s just a little over two months before the issue comes before voters and recently, three San Marino residents stepped forward to lead the campaign to renew Measure E, the parcel tax that provides more than $4 million annually to the San Marino Unified School District.
Voters would likely renew the larger of two parcel taxes that help fund San Marino’s public schools, according to the results of a random survey that was completed in October.
Larry Tramutola, a financial consultant, and Tim McLarney of polling company True North revealed the findings of their research at the local board of education meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 28. True North conducted a random poll of 300 likely voters who live in the San Marino Unified School District and span political, age and other demographic spectrums.
The renewal of Measure E, the larger of two parcel taxes that benefit the San Marino Unified School District, “is essential,” according to Larry Tramutola, a consultant who provided a status update at a recent board of education meeting.
Tramutola has been retained by the district to develop strategies to remedy chronic underfunding from the state.
“We created two long-term objectives, to use our work to provide financial stability for the educational programs and facilities of the district and to hopefully eliminate the need for costly elections that drain human and financial resources,” Tramutola said Oct. 13 of his company’s work.