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$2.1 billion bond issue for San Diego Schools passes

Proposition S, a $2.1 billion bond issue for the San Diego Unified School District, was one of seven local school district bond measures approved by voters, election returns showed today.

Proposition S is a follow-up to Proposition MM, which was overwhelmingly approved 10 years ago, said Katherine Nakamura, president of the Board of Education in San Diego.

With 92 percent of precincts reporting, Prop. S garnered 68.01 percent yes votes compared to 31.99 percent no votes. Prop. S required 55 percent approval.

District officials told school board members in July that despite the improvements from MM, the district’s buildings remain in poor condition.

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District facilities are 39 years old, on average.

Opponents argued that property owners will be saddled with the tax liability while the $1.5 billion of MM bonds are still being paid off.

Prop. S funds are to be used to fix heating and air conditioning systems, make facilities more accessible to disabled students, and upgrade technology in classrooms.