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Safe & Modern Napa Schools

Our Commitment to Providing Safe and Modern Schools for Every Student

Napa Valley Unified School District (NVUSD) takes pride in its commitment to serving over 16,000 students across 26 schools located in Napa and American Canyon. It is our goal to support and challenge each of our students and expand their learning horizons so that they leave our halls ready to excel in college, the workforce, or wherever life may bring them.


Napa’s Schools Require Funding for Repairs and Safety Improvements

In addition to focusing on academic successes inside of our classrooms, NVUSD has been closely examining the state of our school facilities. The majority of Napa’s schools were built more than 60 years ago and are falling behind basic standards. As a result, our classrooms, labs, and school facilities face numerous challenges, including roofs that leak, unreliable heating, cooling, and ventilation systems, and safety hazards such as asbestos. Additionally, we have over 100 temporary structures that have exceeded their intended lifespan, posing safety risks such as water leakage, necessitating their removal.
 

Identifying Local Solutions to Fund Needed Repairs and Improvements

The State does not provide the funding necessary to complete identified repairs and improvements in Napa schools. Thus, the NVUSD Board of Trustees is currently exploring the possibility of placing a $230 Million bond measure on the November 2024 ballot to address these needs. Funding from a bond measure could address a specific list of repair needs, including:

Removing hazardous materials like asbestos from older school sites

 

Providing modern labs and career technical education facilities and equipment so students are prepared for college and in-demand careers in fields like agricultural science, health sciences, engineering, technology, and skilled trades

Repairing or replacing deteriorating roofs, plumbing, heating, ventilation, and electrical systems

 

Improving student safety and campus security systems including security cameras, emergency communications systems, intruder protection systems, smoke detectors, fire alarms, and sprinklers

Upgrading older schools so they meet current health and safety codes, and ensuring proper access for students with disabilities

Providing the classrooms, facilities, and technology needed to support high-quality instruction in math, science, engineering, and technology

 

Unidos students pose for a picture at the Student Summit.

 

Bond Measures Require Fiscal Accountability Provisions and Local Control

Any bond measure would require mandatory fiscal accountability protections, including:

All funds would be controlled locally and could not be taken away by the State.
 

By law, money could not be used for administrators’ salaries or benefits.
 

An independent citizens’ oversight committee and mandatory annual audits would ensure all funds are spent as promised.

A detailed project list outlining the specific use of funds would be required.
 

Bond measures are funded based on a tax rate per $100,000 of a property's assessed value. Although the final dollar amount has not yet been determined, the tax rate needed to generate $230 million in locally controlled funding would be $24 per $100,000 of assessed value per year. For the typical Napa homeowner, that would pencil out to $116 per year. A property’s assessed value is based on the original purchase price and thus is often much lower than its current market value, especially for longtime homeowners.

Learning by Listening

To learn more about the steps we are taking to plan for the future of safe and modern Napa schools, visit the links below. We also welcome you to email us your questions or thoughts at SafeAndModernNapaSchools@nvusd.org 
 

Fact Sheet (English)

Fact Sheet (Spanish)