Frequently Asked Questions

Our schools are doing great. Why do we need Measure M?
Our teachers and schools provide an outstanding education for Burlingame’s elementary and middle school students. However, many of our schools are over 50 years old (some are more than 100 years old!) and are in need of repair. While some of our schools have received urgent repairs and maintenance, others have not. Old portables and deteriorating classrooms need to be replaced to ensure student safety and a modern learning environment.
How does Measure M protect quality academic instruction in local classrooms?
By addressing urgent repair and safety needs in local schools, Measure M will make sure our teachers can focus on providing students with excellent instruction in core academics like math, science, reading and writing. Our schools need to keep up with 21st-century learning standards to ensure our students go on to high school and college ready to compete for high-demand jobs in science, technology and engineering. Measure M will repair and update labs at Burlingame Intermediate School (BIS) that require modernization. Upgraded classrooms, computers and technology will help prepare local elementary and middle school students for future success.
What specific projects will be funded by Measure M?

Funding from Measure M can be used on urgent school needs. These critical fixes were identified by BSD’s community-driven,  master planning process for facilities. Priority items include:

  • Upgrading classrooms to provide access for students with disabilities
  • Fixing leaking roofs, finding and removing lead and asbestos
  • Bringing classrooms, libraries and educational facilities up to current earthquake, fire and safety codes
  • Protecting student safety and security by creating single-point entries at all schools
  • Ensuring hands-on science, technology and engineering labs are all up to the latest 21st-century standards
How do I know that Measure M funds will be spent responsibly?

Measure M includes strict fiscal accountability provisions to ensure that every penny stays in Burlingame elementary and junior high schools.

  • All money raised will be controlled locally to support local elementary and middle schools and cannot be taken away by the State
  • Independent citizen oversight and annual audits are required
  • No money can be used for administrator salaries
Will Measure M help our District qualify for millions in state matching funds?
Yes. If passed, Measure M could qualify our schools for millions of dollars in state and local matching funds that would otherwise go to other communities. In the past, our District has received over $8.5 million in state matching funds from previous bond measures, maximizing local funding without further increasing the burden on local taxpayers.
When can I vote Yes on M?
Measure M will appear on the November 8, 2016 ballot. Absentee voters should expect to receive their ballots in the mail the week of October 10.
What level of support is required to pass Measure M?
At least 55% of those voters who cast a ballot on Measure M must vote Yes in order for victory.
When is the deadline to request to vote by mail?

The deadline to request to vote by mail in this election is Tuesday, November 1, 2016.

Click Here to request to vote by mail

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How do I know if I am registered to vote?
If you are unsure if you are registered to vote or you are an absentee voter who did not receive your ballot the week of October 10, please call (650) 312-5222 or Click Here for voter registration help
How much does Measure M cost?
Measure M will generate $56 million in locally controlled funding to address urgent repair needs in Burlingame elementary and middle schools. By law, the cost of Measure M is limited to $22 per $100,000 of assessed property value, not market value. The assessed value of a home is based on the original purchase price and is often much lower than the current market value.
Where can I get more information about the community-driven Facilities Master Plan that outlines the needs facing our schools?
The District undertook a comprehensive facilities master planning process to identify the needs facing our schools and develop a plan to address them. Download BSD Facilities Master Plan Here