$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.

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.