Voters in Poway, El Cajon and Rancho Santa Fe approved school bonds Tuesday that will provide a combined $369 million in constructions funds for the three school districts.
Poway Unified School District's Prop. C, approved by nearly 64 percent of the district's voters, will provide $179 million to renovate, upgrade and repair 24 schools, said district spokeswoman Sharon Raffer. Included in the upgrades will be improvements for technology equipment and infrastructure, libraries, and science laboratories, she said.
"Our students and future generations were the big winners with the passage of Proposition C," said Poway Unified School District Superintendent Don Phillips. "We can now ensure all of our students have first-rate educational facilities that are safe, clean, inviting, and foster student learning. We are very thankful to our community for the generous outpouring of support with the strong passage of Proposition C."
Prop. D in the Cajon Valley Union School District, approved by 64 percent of the district's voters, will provide $156.5 million. "We are so grateful to the Cajon Valley community for supporting our schools and recognizing the need to invests in quality facilities for today's children and the children of the next few decades," said Janice Cook, Superintendent of the Cajon Valley district.
Prop. D's passage will enable the district to replace two 50-year-old schools, install technology infrastructure throughout the district, build gymnasiums at the district's middle schools that don't have them, and upgrade school libraries. In addition, the funds will allow security, air conditioning, heating and energy-saving systems to be upgraded.
And in Rancho Santa Fe, Prop. E was approved by an overwhelming 72 percent of the voters, generating $34 million to re-build the district's existing school.