Measure G Passes!

Supporting High-Quality Local Education

Thank You for Passing Measure G
It is with great pleasure and excitement that we announce that the Yolo County Elections office published the final election results for the Measure G parcel tax for DJUSD employee compensation. The measure was successful in gaining 68.05% of the votes, surpassing the two-thirds required threshold. We want to extend our wholehearted thanks to the Davis community for once again showing the value that our community places on education. The passage of this parcel tax means that DJUSD will be able to better compensate our teachers and other employees, especially for those positions that are currently furthest from the regional average. This really was a joint effort between the Board of Education (BOE), the Davis Teachers Association (DTA), the California School Employees Association #572 (CSEA) and District staff.

On behalf of the Board of Education, President Cindy Pickett stated, “We have amazing teachers and staff in DJUSD. While it will never be enough to thank them for what they do for our children, we truly are grateful to the community for seeing the value in the people who make a difference.”

DTA President Victor Lagunes announced, “DTA is overwhelmed with gratitude at the approval of Measure G. The results of this election are an affirmation of the value that the Davis community places on students and their education. Our profound thanks go out to the teachers, staff, parents, and community members that helped us in this grand endeavor; your efforts and support are greatly appreciated, and the results will benefit our students and schools for years to come. Thank you.”

CSEA President Sande Royval offered, “Every election is determined by the people who show up. CSEA would like to thank the people of Davis for their support.”

Superintendent John Bowes stated, “We are extremely thankful to the Davis community for their support. Our teachers and staff are the heart of DJUSD. Especially in these challenging times as we deal with the Coronavirus outbreak and this period of school closure, the successful passage of Measure G sends an important signal of support from our community.”

In case you do not remember, here are the DTA Agreement and CSEA Agreement, which outline what will happen effective July 1, 2020.

With sincere gratitude,

Board                         DTA                                CSEA                         District Staff       
Cindy Pickett.          Victor Lagunes.           Sande Royval          John Bowes
Joe DiNunzio.          Roxanne Deutsch       Nick Mariano          Matt Best
Alan Fernandes      Ken McKim                                                      Bruce Colby
Tom Adams
Joe Poppenga      

Achieving Fiscal Stability

To be able to sustain the quality and enriching programs that we offer today for our future generation of students, DJUSD is laser-focused on our fiscal situation. To be the best DJUSD can be for our employees, our students and our families, we must achieve the goals of the District in a financially responsible, transparent and sustainable manner. Finding new and improved ways to share information about school district finances as well as the state of California public education funding is essential to increasing the fiscal literacy of the community. 

Our Board of Education’s effort to join employee groups to support Full and Fair Funding of California Public Education as well as real discussions around a proposed parcel tax for employee compensation are just two of the ways that DJUSD is working hard to stay fiscally solvent in increasingly challenging budgetary times and also close the regional compensation gap for employees.

Planning for the Future of Davis Schools teacher with student

Teachers in Davis schools are at the center of student achievement. Keeping teacher and support staff salaries competitive attracts the best educators to our schools and prevents staff from leaving for higher paying districts. Currently, limited state funding means local teachers and staff are paid less on average than those in other schools in our region.

Davis Joint Unified School District will lose 26% of teachers and 37% of support staff to retirement in the next 3 to 7 years. We must take steps to attract the highest quality teachers and staff now so that shortages do not impact the quality of education in our schools. 

Local Funding for Student Success

In order to maintain quality education in Davis schools, the DJUSD Board of Education voted unanimously to place Measure G, a $198 parcel tax measure, on the March 3, 2020 ballot. If passed, this measure would provide $3 million annually to:

* Attract and retain high performing teachers and educational staff * Provide quality educators to support strong academic programs in reading, writing, math, arts and sciences 
* Maintain high-quality teaching for continued educational excellence in local public schools * Ensure students have the teaching support needed to prepare them for college and 21st-century careers