Anyone driving on Middle Avenue this afternoon can’t miss the four young members of the Strikers soccer team urging those passing by to stop for some free lemonade – and to vote “yes” on Measure C, the mail-in ballot initiative on May 4 that, if passed, will provide additional funding for the Menlo Park City Elementary School District (Laurel, Encinal, Oak Knoll and Hillview) through a parcel tax.
Without the additional funding, supporters say “enrollment growth plus revenue cuts will create a severe financial challenge.” With Measure D funds, the District will be able to retain current teachers, hire the teachers needed to accommodate new students, maintain class sizes at current levels, and avoid drastic cuts to core programs. Every dollar raised through the $178 annual parcel tax would go directly to the schools and cannot be taken by the state.
Local residents will start receiving their ballots on April 5; they are due to the County by May 4. Supporters are asking that ballots get in the mail no later than April 28.
You can get more details about Measure C – including ways to show your support through donation, volunteering, and endorsement – at the website Keep Our Schools Strong.