Vote YES on Measure A to support funding to attract and retain quality teachers and to support quality education in Novato Unified School District.

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ABOUT MEASURE A

Your YES vote protects quality education in our Novato schools. Measure A renews local school funding that is set to expire and will keep great teachers in our classrooms, maintain strong academic programs and expand mental health services to support students that are struggling. 

Every penny benefits local elementary, middle and high schools and cannot be taken away by the State. 

Novato Unified School District recently made deep cuts to administration and non-instructional programs. Without Measure A the NUSD will lose $4.1 million in annual local funding and be forced to cut academic programs, library programs and lay off teachers.   

Vote YES to protect quality education in Novato schools: 
   •    Attract and retain highly qualified teachers 
   •    Protect quality academic instruction in core subjects like math, science, reading and writing

   •    Protect music, art and athletic programs that provide a well-rounded education for our kids 
   •    Expand mental health counseling services to support students that are struggling 
   •    Provide career and technical training to prepare students for the 21st-century job market
   •    Minimize increases to class sizes 

Measure A requires strict fiscal accountability:
   •    Every penny must stay in Novato and cannot be taken by the State
   •    No funds can be used for administrator salaries 
   •    Independent citizen oversight and audits ensure funds are spent properly 

Protecting the quality of Novato schools means keeping qualified and experienced teachers in Novato classrooms. Measure A is essential for attracting good teachers to Novato. 

Whether or not you have school-age children, supporting quality education is a wise investment. Good schools protect our quality of life and our property values. 

Join parents, teachers, seniors, business leaders and our community’s most respected leaders and vote YES on A for strong Novato schools! 
 

 

DONATE

The Committee for Excellent Novato Schools 2020 is a privately funded grassroots group of community volunteers focused on attracting and retaining teachers and protecting the quality of education at Novato Unified School District.

 

This committee must rely entirely on private contributions for mailers, signs and other campaign costs, which are vital to a winning campaign. Your donation will help pass Measure A to maintain academic excellence at Novato schools.

Contributions are not tax deductible.

 
 

GET INVOLVED

Get involved with the Committee for Excellent Novato Schools 2020 to pass Measure A to attract and retain teachers and protect quality education in Novato schools. This is a community-based volunteer effort, led by students, veterans, teachers and community leaders. We need 66.7% voter support in order to pass Measure A. That is why we count on community leaders like you to volunteer and give a few hours of your time to support local students and our teachers.

 

There are many ways you can help!

ENDORSEMENTS

Parents, teachers, seniors, business leaders and our community’s most respected leaders agree – Vote YES on Measure A!

 

Join our growing list of endorsements! To publicly endorse Measure A, please fill out this online form.

Measure A Partial List of Endorsements

Organizations
Marin County League of Women Voters
Marin Association of Realtors
Marin Independent Journal
Novato Teacher’s Federation
California School Employee Association (Novato Chapter 312)
Novato Chamber of Commerce
SchoolsRule Marin
School Fuel
Democratic Central Committee of Marin

North Marin Council of PTAs
Marin School of the Arts Foundation

LuSutton PTA
Novato High School PTSA
Olive Elementary PTA
Pleasant Valley Elementary PTA

San Jose Middle PTSA
San Marin High School PTSA
San Ramon Elementary PTA
Sinaloa Middle School PTSA
Rancho Elementary PTA
Loma Verde Foundation

Hamilton PTA

Elected Officials
Jared Huffman, U.S. Representative, CA 2nd Dist.
Mike McGuire, California State Senator
Mary Jane Burke, Superintendent Marin County Schools
Diana Conti, College of Marin Board of Trustees
Denise Athas, Mayor, Novato City Council
Eric Lucan, Novato City Council
Amy Peele, Novato City Council
Susan Wernick, Novato City Council
Josh Fryday, former Novato City Council 
Jeanne MacLeamy, former Novato City Council
Debbie Butler, President, Novato Unified School District Board of Trustees
Maria Aguila, Clerk, Novato Unified School District Board of Trustees
Thomas Cooper, Member, Novato Unified School District Board of Trustees
Diane Gasson, Member, Novato Unified School District Board of Trustees
Derek Knell, Member, Novato Unified School District Board of Trustees
Greg Mack, Member, Novato Unified School District Board of Trustees
Ross Millerick, Member, Novato Unified School District Board of Trustees

Alan Harris, former Member, Novato Unified School District Board of Trustees
Ginny Schultz, former Member, Novato Unified School District Board of Trustees

Individuals 

Ali Iqbal
Alexandra King

Allison Nygaard
Alyssa Pappas
Amanda Roe
Amy Oclassen
Amy O'Connor
Arthur Meneau
Azadeh Hunter
Ben Oyle
Betsy Hatch

Beverly Chakrabarty
Catherine Topping
Christina McCormick
Christopher Gilkerson
Col. Bill Cope
Dale Kline
Dan McNear
Denise Castellucci
Dennis Haggerty
Dina Gibbons-Miguel
Doreen Gurrola
Ed Sangster
Ellen Sullivan
Emily King
Gary Butler
Gene Chang

Heather Lund
Hope Blackman
Jana Martin
 

 


Jen Kelly
Jennifer Barden
Jennifer Beales
Jennifer Goldfinger
Jennifer Jaeger
Jeremy Brown
Jessica Fernandes
Jill Silvestri
John Marshall
Julie Everson
Katey McAuley
Kathryn Lustenberger
Katie Carr
Katie Hamlin
Kim Saaml
Kristi Yazdi
Kumar Sriram
Lesley Bleth
Leslie Weber
Lindsay Moon
Lucy Madarasz

Lynne Wasley
Marc Finkel
Mary Laplaca
Marison Nita
Mellissa Ahern
Michael Hall
Michele Rosecrans
 

 


Miguel Bartholo
Mira Brownfield
Molly Foley

Monica Miller
Natalie Babler
Nicki Rudden
Nicole Bartolini
Nicole Katsulis
Pam Laidley
Penny Janiak
Phil Bartholo
Rebecca Marthinsen
Reva Rao
Sandy Huser
Sarah Darcey-Martin
Sarah Sangster

Shareen Barrett
Shelley Vasquez
Stacey Abate

Stacey Walker

Susan White
Susannah Nation
Suzanne Schreck
Sylvia Barry
Tanya Eckert Grasser
Tenesa Vuillemenot
Theresa Francis
Tim O’Connor
Tom Engdahl
Veronica Persky
Vicky Bartholo
 


Education Leaders 
Kris Cosca, Superintendent, Novato Unified School District
Yancy Hawkins, Assistant Superintendent, Novato Unified School District
Amie Carter, Assistant Superintendent, Novato Unified School District
Jonathan Ferrer, Assistant Superintendent, Novato Unified School District
Amanda Langford, Principal, San Ramon Elementary
Anne Adkisson, Board President, Marin School of the Arts Foundation 
Annie Distad, NUSD Teacher
Angela Kriesler, NUSD Director of Special Education 
Azella Metzger, Chair, San Marin High School Site Council
Catherine Nam, Principal, Rancho Elementary School
Christina Stone, teacher, Pleasant Valley Elementary School
Dana Sadan, Principal, Pleasant Valley Elementary School
Deanna Scott, NUSD Assistant Director of Special Education
Deborah Richardson, Principal, San Jose Middle School
Elizabeth Sesma-Olynik, Principal, Olive Elementary School
Ellen Christensen-Denton, Former Novato High PTSA President
Emily Cavallero, NUSD Teacher
Evan Underwood-Jett, NUSD Teacher and President, Novato High PTSA
Fran Rozoff, NUSD Teacher
Gabe Lund, Assistant Principal, San Jose Middle School
Greg Fister, Assistant Principal, Novato High School
James Larson, Assistant Principal, Novato High School
Jan La Torre, Former Superintendent, Novato Unified School District 
Jane White, Former 16th District PTA President
Jeff Wallace, Principal, Sinaloa Middle School
Jen Larson, NUSD Director, Student Success
Jennifer Dudley, Principal, Lu Sutton Elementary School
Julie Jacobson, Lu Sutton PTA President
Kate McNear, Vice President, School Fuel
Kathryn Hansen, President, School Fuel
 



Kathy Warren, Assistant Principal, San Marin High School
Kim Stahley, Olive Elementary PTA President
Laurie Jepma, PTA President, Sinaloa Middle School
Leslie Benjamin, NUSD Director, Communications & Community Engagement
Lisa Swanson, former President, North Marin Council of PTAs
Nancy Walker, NUSD Director of Fiscal Services
MJ Lonson, former President of North Marin Council of PTAs and California 16th District of PTA
Mariah Fisher, NUSD Teacher, President Novato Federation of Teachers
Mark Brewer, Principal, Novato High School
Mark Sims, Principal, San Marin High School
Marla Fields, Marin School of the Arts Foundation Board Member
Mary Pritchard, Former Principal of San Ramon and Sinaloa schools
Melissa Diaz, Principal, Lynwood Elementary School
Melissa Duggan, NUSD Bond Project Coordinator
Mike Casper, Assistant Principal, San Marin High School
Michelle Cortez, Assistant Principal, Novato High School
Mike Saisi, Assistant Principal, Sinaloa Middle School
Mike Woolard, PE, Executive Director of Facilities
Mimi Nielsen, Former San Ramon PTA President
Nick Williams, Teacher, San Marin High School
Regina Bianucci Rus, San Marin PTSA President
Rey Mayoral, former principal, Novato High School
Steve Hospodar, Principal, Hamilton K-8 School
Susan Mathews, Executive Director, School Fuel
Tehniat Cheema, Principal, Loma Verde Elementary
Tim O’Connor, Chair, Olive Elementary School Site Council
Tim Rocco, Director of Information Technology
Tony Albini, NUSD Director of Maintenance, Operations, and Transportation
 

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How are our Novato schools performing?

Novato schools aim to challenge students to realize their educational potential and to prepare them for future success by ensuring an innovative and effective education environment, high-quality instruction and support for academic programs. Novato schools provide excellent teachers and staff that are committed to meeting individual student needs so that all students possess the academic and technical knowledge required to succeed in college and future careers.

 

Why has Measure A been placed on the ballot to renew and add to an existing parcel tax measure?

Since 1992 our community has supported and renewed a local education funding measure to support key academic programs, retain highly qualified teachers and protect the overall quality of our schools. Measure A will provide a secure and stable source of funding that Novato schools can count on every year – money that stays local and cannot be taken away by the state. If this funding were to expire, Novato schools would face drastic cuts that could include cutting academic programs, library programs and laying off teachers.

 

What would happen if local parcel tax funding expires?

If local parcel tax funding expires, Novato schools would face a $4 million deficit. This loss of local funding would mean the Novato schools would have to cut academic programs, lay off teachers, counselors and coaches, and cut art and library programs.

 

What would Measure A support?

Measure A would renew funding to:

  • Attract and retain highly qualified teachers

  • Protect the quality of academic instruction in core subjects like math, science, reading and writing

  • Protect music, art and athletic programs that provide a well-rounded education for our kids

  • Expand mental health counseling services to support students that are struggling

  • Provide career and technical training to prepare students for the 21st-century job market

  • Minimize increases to class sizes

 

Can funding from Measure A be taken away by the state?

No. All funds from Measure A would benefit local elementary, middle, and high schools, and cannot be taken away by the state.

 

How much would Measure A cost?

The current parcel tax measure is $251 per parcel and Measure A would add $125 to the current amount and would include annual inflation adjustments. The additional $125 will generate another $2 million, raising $6 million annually to help Novato schools attract and retain teachers, limit budget cuts and layoffs for 2020-2021, and add services for Novato students.

 

How do I know that these local funds would be spent as promised?

Measure A would continue strict fiscal accountability provisions.

  • All funds from Measure A would benefit local elementary, middle, and high schools, and cannot be taken away by the state

  • No money from Measure A can be used for administrator salaries or administration

  • Measure A would require independent citizen oversight, annual audits, and reports to the community to ensure the school District uses the funds as promised

  • Senior citizens and others would continue to be exempt from paying the parcel tax

 

How long would Measure A be in place?

If approved by at least 66.7 percent of local voters, Measure A would be in place for 8 years.

Measure A could not be renewed without voter approval.

 

Would any exemptions be available?

Yes. Seniors and citizens eligible for state disability (SSI and SSDI) would continue to be eligible for an exemption from the cost of Measure A.

 

Didn’t we just pass a bond for local schools? Why do Novato schools need more money?

In 2016, voters approved Measure G, a bond measure to upgrade, modernize and improve Novato schools. By law, bond money can only be used for facilities and cannot be used for academic programs or retain teachers. That is why the District voted unanimously to place Measure A on the March 2020 ballot. This renewal measure would be used to maintain academic programs, attract and retain qualified teachers, and prepare students for future success.

 

What is the difference between a parcel tax and a bond measure?

A bond measure and parcel tax measure are used for different purposes. A bond measure can only fund facility upgrades and improvements and cannot be used for operating costs or programs. A bond requires 55% voter approval to pass. Parcel taxes differ in that funds can be spent on identified school needs, including academic programs and supporting teachers. A parcel tax requires 66.7% voter approval to pass. 

 

When would Measure A appear on a ballot?

Measure A will be on the upcoming March 3, 2020 ballot. It would need to be supported by 66.7% of those who vote. All registered voters in the Novato Unified School District would be eligible to vote on Measure A.

How can I receive more information or ask questions?

To get more information or ask questions regarding Measure A, please contact the Committee for Excellent Novato Schools 2020 at info@protectnovatoschools.org.

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Voting YES on A!

 

Mark your calendars! Election day for this important election for Novato Unified School District is March 3, 2020.

 

All registered voters living within the boundaries of Novato Unified School District can vote on Measure A on March 3, 2020. Measure A needs 66.7% support to pass.

Register to Vote

The deadline to register to vote in this election is Tuesday, February 18, 2020.

To register to vote, click here.

Voting by Mail

Vote by mail ballots will be sent out the week of

February 3, 2020.

For more information about how to vote YES on Measure A in the upcoming election, please contact the Marin County Registrar of Voters at (415) 473-6456 or visit www.marincounty.org/depts/rv

 

Paid for by Committee for Excellent Novato Schools – Yes on A.

PMB 315, 936-B Seventh Street, Novato, CA 94945

Email: info@protectnovatoschools.org

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