Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is Measure V?

    The Las Virgenes Unified School District (LVUSD), serving Calabasas, Agoura Hills, Westlake Village, Bell Canyon, and Hidden Hills, provides an exceptional education for all students in our community from elementary through high school. Measure V is a local school bond measure on the March 3, 2020 ballot seeking voter authorization to address the most pressing, unmet needs our LOCAL schools face - especially our most time-sensitive safety, security, and educational facility NEEDS. Most schools were built in the 1960s and 1970s and have reached a critical point in their life cycle requiring significant improvements that the State of California will not fund. The District has prioritized the most pressing facilities needs in a detailed stakeholder and community input process. All voters living within the jurisdiction of the LVUSD are eligible to vote on Measure V.

  • Why has the Las Virgenes Unified School District (LVUSD) placed Measure V on the ballot?

    Las Virgenes Unified schools provide exceptional education for all students in our community. Most of our schools were built in the 1960s and 1970s and have reached a critical point in their life cycle requiring significant improvements that the State of California will not fund. The District has prioritized the most pressing, unmet needs our schools face through a community input and Facilities Master Planning (FMP) process. Excellent public schools are vital for our families, community, local economy, and property values. Measure V will help address our most time-sensitive safety, security, and educational facility needs to help ensure student success in college, career, and life. Vote YES on V to maintain high-quality schools that make Las Virgenes a destination school district.

  • What is official Measure V ballot question?

    To locally fund upgrades for safe/modern schools; enhance instructional technology, college/career readiness in math, science, technology, engineering, arts; improve safety, security, emergency/fire systems; repair, acquire, construct, equip classrooms, sites, facilities, roofs, plumbing, heating/air conditioning; shall Las Virgenes Unified School District’s measure authorizing $198,000,000 in bonds at legal rates, levying 2 cents per $100 assessed value ($11,000,000 annually) while bonds are outstanding, be adopted, with citizen oversight and local control?”

  • How will Measure V funds be used?

    The District has prioritized the most pressing, unmet needs our schools face. Measure V will help address our most time-sensitive safety, security, and educational facility needs on all school campus’, including: 

    • Improving instructional technology to keep classrooms up to date.
    • Upgrading science and engineering labs and career technical education facilities.
    • Strengthening school safety, upgrading fire and disaster preparedness and emergency response systems.
    • Repairing and replacing deteriorating roofs, plumbing, heating/air conditioning systems.

    By law, ALL Measure funds MUST stay local, dedicated ONLY to LVUSD Preschool - 12th grade schools.

  • How much will Measure V cost?

    The $198 million bond translates to 2 cents per year for every $100 (about $20 per $100,000) of assessed valuation. The assessed valuation refers to taxable value, not the market value of your property. The taxable value of your home or business will depend on when you purchased it. Investing in our public schools is vital for our families and local economy. Our schools play a key role in sustaining significantly higher property values for all of us, whether or not we have children in school. Measure V will support locally controlled funding for critically needed Las Virgenes Unified school facility improvements.

  • Will businesses share in the cost of Measure V?

    Yes, both commercial and residential property owners will be subject to assessment.

  • Will Measure V maintain the exceptional instruction provided?

    YES. Our local schools strive for excellence  in teaching and learning in every educational setting. The School District’s goal is to provide all students with access to the education they need to ensure college readiness, and success in career and life. Safe, modern school facilities and education technology are essential to maintaining quality schools and giving our students a competitive edge. As school facilities are improved, students and our community will benefit.

  • Who is the Las Virgenes Unified School District?

    The Las Virgenes Unified School District, serving Calabasas, Agoura Hills, Westlake Village, Bell Canyon,  Hidden Hills, and some unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County, provides an exceptional education for all students in our community from elementary through high school. The schools include: Buttercup,  Bay Laurel, Chaparral, Lupin Hill, Round Meadow, Sumac, White Oak, Willow, Yerba Buena, Mariposa, Lindero Canyon, Alice C. Stelle, Arthur E. Wright, Agoura High, and Calabasas High. Our local public schools receive statewide and national awards of distinction.

  • Doesn’t the STATE provide funding for facility upgrades?

    There is no State funding currently available to support facility needs, repairs and upgrades to ensure up-to-date facilities for our schools. None. Passing a local bond is the ONLY way for our Las Virgenes Unified School District to obtain this necessary critical funding and help qualify us to secure state matching funds. There are no other sources for major facility upgrades.

  • Doesn't the District get enough funding from our property taxes through the state?

    The state’s funding model calculates how much the District receives for its educational program based on the number and demographics of students attending school. State funding places higher value on low-income or english-learners, and/or foster youth. LVUSD demographics result in our district receiving significantly less than average districts in the state; on an annual basis, that translates into $13.5 million less than the average California school district of equal size.

  • What about the Lottery or State Prop 30? Weren’t they supposed to fix our schools?

    Unfortunately, Lottery funds can only be used for classroom instruction, not facility or technology infrastructure upgrades. Moreover, the money LVUSD receives from the Lottery each year comprises less than 2% of the annual General Fund Budget. Prop 30 funds, approved by California voters in November 2012, restored earlier classroom cuts – but didn’t provide any “new” funding for schools or school facilities. Neither Lottery nor Prop 30 funds provide the funding solution our local schools need for facilities repairs, upgrades, and modernization.

  • What about ongoing maintenance at the school district?

    LVUSD maintenance and operations staff work hard to keep our 14 schools in adequate working condition with very LIMITED resources. The State simply does NOT provide funds to address our growing critical time-sensitive safety, security, and educational facility NEEDS. Measure V is needed to maintain the high-quality schools that make Las Virgenes a destination school district by making pressing facilities repairs.

  • Does LVUSD have a Facilities Master Plan?

    Yes, facilities planning is a priority. The 2020 Facilities Master Plan (FMP) was the result of stakeholder, community, and expert assessment. It is a comprehensive look at all facilities needs, which far outweigh the current resources to address them. The District has prioritized the most pressing, unmet needs our schools face. Both the FMP and Priority List can be viewed by visiting www.LVUSD.org

  • How can we be assured Measure V funds will be spent properly?

    Measure V contains critical accountability measures and annual audits that are required by law. No funds are allowed for salaries or pensions.  An independent Citizens Oversight Committee will ensure that this measure only funds projects that voters approve and that all funds remain local, benefitting only LVUSD schools. The Citizens Oversight Committee is responsible for monitoring bond finances to ensure the public that the money is being spent properly. Measure V also requires independent annual audits for the public on use of bond proceeds.

  • Who is on the Independent Citizens Oversight Committee?

    The Committee consists of seven members of the public, and does not include any District employee, vendor or contractor. Members of the Citizens Oversight Committee include representatives from the business community, a senior citizens organization, a parent, a taxpayer association, and two from the community-at-large.  The role of the Committee is to review copies of the annual independent audits of bond finances; inspect District facilities to ensure the revenues are being spent properly; review copies of maintenance proposals or plans developed by the District; and review the District’s efforts to maximize bond revenues by implementing cost-saving programs.

  • If voters approve Measure V, when will the work begin?

    Pending voter approval, to ensure identified projects can be completed on time and within budget, a schedule for all projects will be developed according to the official Project List approved by voters with this measure. Safety upgrades will take highest priority.  

  • No one in my household attends Las Virgenes Unified School District PS-12 schools? Why should I pay attention to Measure V?

    High quality schools are the foundation of any healthy, thriving community. Excellent public schools are vital for our families and our local economy. They play a key role in sustaining significantly higher property values for all of us, whether or not we have children in school.

  • Who is eligible to vote on Measure V?

    All registered voters living within the Las Virgenes Unified School District are eligible to participate in the March 3 Primary Election and vote for Measure V. Those living in Los Angeles County will be able to register to vote and vote conditionally before and on election day on March 3, 2020.

  • What’s required for Measure V to pass (win)?

    Over 55% of the voters who cast their ballots on Measure V in the March 3, 2020 Election must vote in favor of the bond for it to be approved.   Measure V is being sought under the provisions of State Proposition 39, which prohibits use of bond funds for operations or administrator salaries, benefits or pensions, and also requires independent financial and performance audits on the use of bond proceeds. Measure V is needed to maintain the high-quality schools, and keep our community and property values strong.

  • Who makes the final decision on Measure V?

    The locally elected Board of Education of Las Virgenes Unified School District is the legal entity that has called for the Measure V election. Ultimately, Las Virgenes Unified School District REGISTERED VOTERS will have the final say whether or not Measure V is implemented when they vote on the measure on March 3, 2020.

  • Where can I get more Measure V information?

    For more information, visit www.YesforLasVirgenesSchools.com,  call (818) 351-9378 or email YesforLasVirgenesSchools@gmail.com