Support Kenwood School – Yes on Measure B
Next month you will be asked an important question. The Kenwood School District is asking voters to vote Yes on Measure B, to renew its $52 per year parcel tax for a five-year period beginning July 1, 2017. The tax has been renewed every five years since its inception in 1991, and we think the results speak for themselves.
Kenwood is a one-school district, and our elementary school is an integral part of this community, both for the children at the school today, and for those who graduated last year, 10 years ago, and even 40 years ago. Here’s just a partial list of what Kenwood School alumni are doing. They are bankers, lawyers, teachers, healthcare workers, firefighters, doctors, engineers, and one is an astrophysicist at NASA. They live close by (Santa Rosa) and far away (Russia). The school, founded in 1961, has second-generation students, and who knows, soon it may have a third generation coming through.
But what happened in the past, and what will happen in the future, is not as important as what is happening right now. The kids in sixth grade can’t wait another year for a new program or extra funds. That’s why it’s so important to keep the revenue sources that we currently have.
Last year, the parcel tax contributed four percent to the district’s $2.5 million budget, which includes the Kindergarten through sixth grade school, the adjoining Kenwood Preschool, and After School Center. Parcel tax revenue is used to maintain small class size, support student counseling services, and maintain the school’s K-6 technology program. It does not go to facility maintenance, administration, or teacher salaries.
Measure A requires two-thirds approval district-wide, which includes a portion of Oakmont. Homeowners who are 65 or older may request and receive a “senior exemption,” allowing them to support the tax measure without having to pay the $52 if they so choose.
In terms of having local control and transparency, the Kenwood School parcel tax is about as good as it gets. We urge you to vote Yes on Measure B.
The election will be mail-in only, with ballots to be mailed out by the Sonoma County Registrar of Voters on Aug. 1. Ballots will be due by 8 p.m. on Aug. 30.
We hope you all attend and enjoy the 4th of July festivities in Kenwood – the footrace, the parade, the pancake breakfast, the silent auction, and the party in Plaza Park. You can read all about it on page 8.
And finally, remember that we do NOT publish a July 15th issue of the Kenwood Press. It’s time for us to close up shop and head out for the territories…literally. We’ll be fishing somewhere in the Intermountain West. If we’re not back in the office by July 20, send out a search party!
Happy 4th of July!
– Ann and Alec