(TNS) — The San Diego Unified Academy Commune will ask taxpayers to accept borrowing $3.5 billion to advance academy safety, technology and infrastructure.
It is the better band appeal in the district’s history and the third in the aftermost 10 years.
Board associates voted 4-0 Tuesday to abode the 30-year bond, accepted as the “San Diego Neighborhood Academy Adjustment and Student Assurance Measure,” on the November ballot.
If anesthetized by at atomic 55 percent of voters, it would add 6 cents to acreage tax bills for every $100 of adjourned valuation, or about $300 for a home admired by the canton at $500,000.
According to the Assurance and Learning in Our Schools, a affiliation of parents, agents and business leaders abetment the measure, added allotment would advice the state’s second-largest academy commune advance crumbling classrooms and accompany adapted technology to the classrooms, amid added things.
Enhancing campus aegis and eliminating advance from bubbler baptize were the active armament abaft the proposal, lath associates said.
Concerns about aegis accept agitated afterward the baleful academy shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary Academy in Newtown, Conn., in 2012, and added afresh at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High Academy in Parkland, Fla., that larboard 17 bodies asleep and two dozen afflicted beforehand this year.
“This is the aboriginal band back Sandy Hook, back Parkland,” said lath President Kevin Beiser. “This band is our acknowledgment to the apropos of authoritative our schools alike added safe.”
San Diego Unified badge Capt. Joey Florentino said the band covers a advanced array of academy assurance needs, such as replacing smoke and calefaction detectors, architecture or acclimation academy fences, afterlight electrical systems to anticipate fires, swapping out 30-year-old aegis cameras and revamping the district’s “incredibly aged anxiety system.”
Extra money would alter old windows with double-pane, cloistral bottle that’s harder to break, and install added defended doors and locks.
“A lot of these things ability be that affair that stops an intruder,” Florentino said. “It’s those aboriginal brace of account … how can the acceptance and agents assure themselves while we’re hasty to get there?”
The commune serves 130,000 acceptance at added than 200 schools.
Gov. Jerry Brown in October active a law that requires association baptize systems to analysis bubbler baptize for advance in all accessible schools that serve kindergarten through 12th brand by July 2019.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, analysis levels aloft 15 genitalia per billion crave actual action, which can accommodate removing the baptize accoutrement or installing a filtration system. However, studies appearance there is no safe akin of advance for children.
Board trustee Richard Barrera said the added allotment would advice the commune go aloft the acknowledged claim and about annihilate advance from all bubbler baptize in the district.
“We begin animated levels in a few campuses and anchored them, but the lath absitively they basic to go above that,” Barrera said. “We absitively that there should be no aperture anywhere in our commune that has advance beyond the accepted for alike bottled water.”
The band marks addition anniversary — the district’s third borrowing appeal in the accomplished decade.
San Diego Unified’s basic advance projects are already adjourned by two measures accepted now as Proposition Z and Proposition S.
Proposition Z, the best contempo measure, anesthetized in 2012 as a agnate acreage tax hike. Totaling $2.8 billion, its capital purpose was to adjustment breakable classrooms, libraries, wiring, plumbing, bathrooms and adulterated roofs, according to acclamation accent at the time.
If passed, all three bonds absolute $8.4 billion, abrogation some to catechism area antecedent money has gone and why added funds are necessary.
“We’re still advantageous off the aftermost two,” said John Stump, an advocate and City Heights resident. “What are they cheating in this time?”
Bond projects and expenditures are advised by the district’s absolute citizens’ blank committee, or ICOC, a state-mandated accumulation of association associates and experts in government, apprenticeship and construction.
According to the district’s website, two of the 11 board seats are vacant.
As a above affiliate of the district’s account blank committee, Stump said he is afraid about how new allotment will be allocated in the future, and how an added acreage tax will appulse an already-troubled apartment market.
“Housing in San Diego is actual unaffordable,” Stump said. “It’s about a 30-year mortgage so it’s not aloof the upfront $3.5 billion that’s concerning. It’s the circuitous absorption over the abutting three decades.”
District annal appearance Proposition S and Proposition Z money is far from gone. Admiral said about $2.1 billion remains, but the funds antithesis has already been allocated to specific projects demography abode in 2019 through 2031. Those projects accommodate addition of specific academy facilities, architecture aliment and convalescent classroom technology.
The expenditures in 2019 absolute $600 million, annal show. Aftermost year’s absolute accomplished $820 million.
According to Barrera, advancement the district’s added than 180 schools, as able-bodied as allotment schools and administering facilities, is not a ancient expense. Regular abasement of accessories district-wide costs about $120 actor anniversary year. The boilerplate age of all accessories is about 48 years.
“Any homeowner would accept this. At times, you accept to fix the roof, adjustment the foundation, or fix the plumbing,” Barrera said. “It’s the aforementioned with schools. All of those issues crave connected investment.”
Barrera said the advance asks voters to accomplish a cede for their bounded schools and ensure a affection apprenticeship for approaching students.
“I understand. It is a sacrifice. There’s no question,” he said. “But if we can leave a bequest of affection schools, I anticipate that’s account the sacrifice. Voters accept done it afore and I’m assured that voters will do it again.”
Polling appearance the band is acceptable to pass. Added than 65 percent of San Diego voters abutment the idea.
District admiral said agencies that add measures to the acclamation charge pay for press costs in the aborigine guides and are appropriate to accord to the all-embracing amount to conduct the election. The commune estimates it will amount $1 actor to abode the new band on the November ballot.
Officials from the San Diego Canton Registrar of Voters said the costs associated with Proposition Z was about $828,000.
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