Supporting Teachers and Academic Programs

  • Santa Rosa City Schools (SRCS) serves approximately 15,000 students in grades K-12. The District offers academic programs that cater to individual students' needs, interests, and abilities. Our high-quality schools are at the heart of our community and focus on providing our students with the tools needed to lead us into the future.

     

    Local Schools Struggle to Retain Quality Teachers

    Having a great teacher in the classroom is the most important element of providing a quality education. However, SRCS schools are losing our best teachers to nearby districts that can offer higher compensation. During the last three years, our schools have lost more than 40% of their teachers and school employees and many remaining teachers have had to take on second and even third jobs in order to support themselves and their families.

     

    State Funding Insufficient to Meet the Needs of Our Schools

    Most SRCS funding comes from the State, but neighboring Districts, including Petaluma City Schools and Cotati-Rohnert Park USD, supplement unreliable State funding with local parcel tax measures. Additional resources are needed in our community to stabilize the District budget and ensure SRCS can continue to attract and retain highly qualified teachers, improve programs in science and career technical training, and improve campus safety by providing additional support from Restorative Specialists, Family Engagement Facilitators, and Campus Supervisors. 

     

    Local Funding for Our High Schools

    To support high-quality teachers and academic programs, the SRCS Board of Trustees is currently exploring options for locally controlled funding that cannot be taken away by the State. One option is to place a pair of local parcel tax measure on the November 2024 ballot for voters to consider. One measure would provide funding for our local elementary schools and the other would fund our local middle and high schools. 

    If approved by two-thirds of voters, funding from these measures could be used to:

    • Enhance art, drama, and music programs
    • Improve quality core academic programs, including science, technology, engineering, and math instruction
    • Provide student counseling for mental health support
    • Enhance reading and writing programs
    • Attract and retain excellent teachers

     

    Fiscal Accountability and Local Control Required

    Any potential funding measure would include strict fiscal accountability requirements, including:

    • All proceeds would be benefit local elementary, middle, and high schools and could not be taken away by the State
    • By law, none of the money raised could be used for administration or administrators’ salaries or pensions
    • Independent citizens’ oversight and mandatory annual audits would ensure funds are spent as promised
    • Senior citizen homeowners would be eligible for an exemption from the cost

     

    Learn More!

    To learn more about the steps SRCS is taking to support teachers and academic programs, please take a look at the links below.