Local Funds for Local School Improvements


Keith Sterling
Director of Communications & Public Information
(714) 600-0952

ANAHEIM, Calif. (November 9, 2016) – Preliminary results from the Orange County Registrar of Voters indicate that Measure J, a $318 million bond measure to improve Anaheim elementary schools, has been approved.

As of 8 a.m. on November 9th with all precincts reporting, 21,611 (73.9%) votes were cast in support of Measure J with 7,628 (26.1%) opposed.

“We are thankful to the Anaheim community for their investment in our children and their future,” said AESD Superintendent Dr. Linda Wagner. “All of our students deserve to have the same educational opportunities as others in the region and within our District. The funds from Measure J will allow us to repair and modernize our neighborhood schools to support high-quality instruction.”

Once election results are certified in the coming weeks, the AESD Board of Education will establish an Independent Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee to monitor expenditures from the bonds and provide regular updates to constituents.

Anaheim Elementary School District provides a high quality education designed to prepare our students for a bright and promising future in our rapidly changing world. However, many of our elementary schools were built more than 50 years ago and have only been partially renovated. It’s time to make essential repairs and safety improvements so that these schools can serve our community well for the decades to come.

Repair and Upgrade Aging Anaheim Schools

The District has developed an up-to-date comprehensive facilities master plan. High priority projects include:

  • Providing the facilities and equipment needed to support high quality instruction in reading, math, science and technology
  • Repairing or replacing deteriorating roofs, plumbing, electrical and air conditioning systems where needed
  • Enhancing the safety and security of all campuses
  • Improving heating, ventilation, insulation, doors and windows to increase energy efficiency and save money
  • Improving access and educational facilities for students with disabilities and special medical needs
  • Keeping educational technology in the classroom up-to-date
Kids Presenting Project
Kids Presenting Project

Providing a Modern Learning Environment

All of our students deserve to have the same educational opportunities as others in the region and within our very own District. We need to upgrade many of our schools, facilities and classrooms to keep pace. If we want our students to succeed in high school, college, and careers, they must be skilled in the use of today‘s technologies and have a solid background in science, math and technology.

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As the Board of Education explores options to protect local funding for our elementary schools, we want to hear from you.

For more information, please contact the District’s Director of Communications & Public Information Keith Sterling at (714) 517‑7513.