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 Six Local School Districts Pass School Facilities Bond Measures

​Voters in five local school districts overwhelmingly approved school bond measures, and although the tally was much closer, voters in the Grossmont Union High School District approved the bond measure there, too.

The final tally in Grossmont was not announced until nearly a month after the November 4 election. But when the County Registrar of Voters finally completed their exhaustive review of the votes, nearly 57 percent were in support of Prop. U, Grossmont’s $417 million bond package.

“The school bond election results show how much people care about their children’s education and their schools,” said County Superintendent of Schools Randy Ward. “For the support to come through as strong as it did, in these economic times, is a tremendous endorsement for the work of our teachers, administrators and schools staffs.”

“We are so pleased that 76% of the voters supported Proposition X,” said South Bay Union School District Superintendent Carol Parish. “They agreed that quality schools make a difference for our students, who deserve to come to school and learn in safe, updated classrooms.”

“We are delighted with the results,” said Lemon Grove School District Superintendent Ernie Anastos. “It's been a terrific campaign, filled with enthusiasm and the dedication of many staff members, community leaders, and parents. It also reaffirms our belief that this community values its children and their future.”

None of the funds approved on election day can be used for salaries of any school staff. All the funds are required to be used for facilities and equipment.

Lemon Grove’s Prop. W received 71 percent of the vote, and will generate $28 million for a joint use library/media center, improved handicapped access, renovated playgrounds and improved health and fitness facilities.

In the San Diego Unified School District, 68 percent of the voters approved Prop. S, the district’s $2.1 billion bond measure. It will pay for renovated classrooms, restrooms, plumbing and roofs; upgrade career and vocational education classrooms and labs; and replace worn-out portable classrooms, among other things.

The Escondido Union High School District’s Prop. T earned 58 percent of the vote, generating $98 million for updated classrooms and laboratories, improved technology, and a new small high school.

The South Bay Union School District’s Prop. X earned the highest voter-approval, with more than 75 percent of the voters approving the $59 million measure. It will pay for repairs and modernization of classrooms, restrooms and other school facilities, and improved access to computers and technology, among other things.

The Lakeside Union School District’s Prop. V received 63 percent of the vote, generating $79 million. It will pay for upgraded and improved classrooms, labs and technology equipment, as well as repairs for plumbing, heating and air conditioning.

The one district still uncertain if its bond measure passed was the Grossmont Union High School District, where 55.9 percent of the November 4 voters supported Prop. U. Registrar of voters officials said the outcome was too close to call because mail-in, absentee and lost ballots could cause the percentage of supporters to dip below 55 percent.