Board approves plan to spend $2.8B on schools

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sdusd signSAN DIEGO – The San Diego Unified School District Board of Education Tuesday night unanimously adopted an updated two-year plan for implementing future projects under a voter-approved $2.8 billion general obligation bond, which included an estimated schedule and references to the voter guide.

The district received about $530 million on the first issuance of the bond, approved by voters last year to build, rehabilitate, repair, furnish and equip school facilities.

About $414 million of that was in long-term maturity bonds to be used for capital facilities projects, and the remaining $116 million in short-term maturity bonds for short-life equipment and devices, according to Lee Dulgeroff, executive director of facilities, planning and construction.

Dulgeroff said $22 million of Proposition Z dollars have been spent, and another $166 million have been earmarked for works in progress.

The two-year project list included flooring and roof work, modernization and athletic facility improvements at several sites.

Some projects identified by district officials will be co-funded by Proposition Z and the $2.28 billion Proposition S, which was approved by the voters in 2008, such as school repairs and renovations, water conservation and air conditioning measures.

The district has received $564 million Proposition S dollars.

“We received board direction early on, shortly after the passage of Z, to implement the two programs together to minimize disruptions to teaching and learning, to coordinate the work in both the design and construction phase and to eliminate reworking and to achieve efficiency,” Dulgeroff said.

Dulgeroff said 64 projects have been completed under propositions S and Z, 19 additional projects were already under construction and 41 more were in the design and bidding phase.

Among the district’s projects completed with the revenue that has been brought in under the two bonds are 17 Career Technical Education facilities, modernization and upgrades to 16 sites, 11 synthetic turf fields and all weather tracks, according to Dulgeroff.

Five air conditioning overhauls have also been completed, along with six new classroom projects and four rebuilt stadiums, Dulgeroff said.

Dulgeroff said 96 percent of the completed Proposition S projects had come in under budget.