Montclaire

Students play on the playground last month at Montclaire Elementary School, the one Cupertino Union School District campus located in Los Altos.

The Cupertino Union School District Board of Education is slated to hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. today (May 26) to discuss the district’s budget in the wake of a failed parcel-tax measure earlier this month.

Voters rejected Measure A, which would have raised approximately $14 million annually for CUSD through a tax of $398 on each parcel of land within the district’s boundaries. The measure would have lasted eight years and would have replaced an existing $250 parcel tax.

In a May 4 special election, the tax received majority support but failed to reach the two-thirds threshold required to pass, with 59.34% voting in favor and 40.66% against. That’s over seven percentage points shy of the needed margin.

The board placed Measure A on the ballot as a way to bring in more revenue for the district, which has seen repeated budget cuts in recent years as enrollment has dropped. Last fall, the board considered closing multiple schools in an attempt to save money, but the idea met with strong opposition from parents. Board members ultimately voted unanimously to put the parcel tax before voters, saying that if it passed, schools wouldn’t be closed for financial reasons.

With the tax’s failure, board president Jerry Liu told the Town Crier earlier this month that the possibility of school closures is “back on the table,” along with other potential cuts.

At tonight’s meeting, the board is set to receive an update on the district’s multi-year budget and “discuss steps to create long-term fiscal stability in CUSD,” according to the agenda.

The supporting documentation detailing the material to be covered had not been posted as of the Town Crier’s Monday afternoon press deadline.

The board had originally intended to review the budget situation earlier this month, but Liu said in a text that they decided to wait and call the special meeting today so that Gov. Gavin Newsom’s recent state budget update could be incorporated in the district’s planning.

The May 26 meeting is set to be held over Zoom. To view the agenda, visit go.boarddocs.com/ca/cusdk8/Board.nsf/vpublic.

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Staff Writer

Zoe Morgan covers local schools as the Town Crier's education reporter. She also edits the monthly Your Home section, as well as the biannual Home & Garden magazine.