Although it appears that our schools are in good shape based on achievements by our students, our school facilities need to be improved. The Ventura Unified School District covers an area of approximately 165 square miles in western Ventura County and includes the City of Ventura and surrounding areas. With an enrollment of over 15,000 students, the District has 28 schools with education from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade and Adult School. A LONG RANGE FACILITIES MASTER PLAN 2020-2030 was adopted by the Board of Education on April 28, 2020 and was used to initially used to determine a priority projects list. That list will be revisited before a final plan is put into place for repairs/upgrades/etc. and stakeholder engagement will occur.
Faced with aging classrooms and a need to bring school facilities up to current standards, the District placed Measure E on the November 2022 ballot that would upgrade, modernize and renovate the outdated schools. We want to thank our voters for passing measure E. We will place more information here about our Measure E oversight committee and future projects as we have it.
The following information is provided to assist the community in understanding the facts behind Measure E and how its passage will affect the District and its residents.
Measure E Oversight Committee
The Ventura Unified School District has established a citizens’ oversight committee to oversee expenditures of Measure E bond funds, which was the bond measure approved by District voters on November 8, 2022. The District is presently accepting applications from interested citizens to serve on the committee. The committee will consist of seven to eleven members who meet, review and report on expenditures of bond funds to ensure money is used only for voter-approved purposes. Interested persons may download the Measure E Oversight Committee Application or obtain a paper copy from the Superintendent’s office, located at 255 Stanley Avenue, Ventura, California. Applications are due by Tuesday, February 14, 2023 by 4pm.
Measure E Oversight Committee Application
Return application by Tues. Feb. 14 at 4 pm either by email to Vanessa.Cordero@venturausd.org or in-person or US Postal Mail to:
Ventura Unified School District
Attn: Vanessa Cordero
255 W. Stanley Ave.
Ventura, CA 93001
- What is Measure E?
- Why did the District place Measure E on the ballot?
- How did the District come up with the project list for Measure E?
- Has VUSD passed a school improvement measure before?
- Why can’t the District meet its facilities needs with its current budget?
- How common are school improvement measures? Have neighboring districts also passed these measures?
- What is a G.O. bond?
- What will the passage of Measure E mean for our students and the community?
- What will Measure E cost?
- How can I be sure that Measure E funds will be spent on improving our local schools?