Growing San Marcos, CA district has bond on table-San Diego UT
50-year-old high school would be top beneficiary of measure before voters in November
BY MICHELLE BREIER-SD UT
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2010
SAN MARCOS, CA — Supporters of a $287 million school bond campaign now under way say the measure will modernize aging schools and ease overcrowding.
So far few critics of Proposition K have come forward publicly. One resident filed an opposing argument for the ballot.
The lead project for the bond measure would be rebuilding San Marcos High, built in 1960 to accommodate 1,600 students. Enrollment is now about 2,200, and the district is growing, said Superintendent Kevin Holt.
Major work is also planned at older schools, including Alvin Dunn, Richland and La Costa Meadows elementary and San Marcos Middle. Holt said the bond would provide improvements districtwide for safety and technology. Repairing infrastructure to meet earthquake-safety codes; replacing plumbing, heating and air-conditioning systems; and improving security systems are on the to-do list. Upgrading electrical systems and modernizing classrooms to support technology are also targeted.
The bond needs 55 percent of voter approval to pass Nov. 8. If approved, the bond is expected to cost property owners $44 per $100,000 of assessed value of their property annually. The district also will qualify for state matching funds.
The district recently opened the rebuilt San Marcos Elementary, which Holt said is the model for the school bond. “San Marcos Elementary is what Prop. K will do for other schools,” he said. Eliminating overcrowding and preparing for future growth is also a goal of the bond. The district now has 39 percent of its teaching stations in portable buildings, said Kathy Tanner, the district’s facilities director. READ MORE VIA SD UT
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