San Diego Unified School District's capital improvements are funded by two General Obligation bond measures -- Propositions S and Z. A board-approved phasing plan for bond projects is being implemented by the district's Facilities Planning and Construction Division.
In an effort to provide a quality school in every neighborhood, the district is using Prop. S and Prop. Z funds to repair, renovate and revitalize district schools. Bond projects include classroom technology, safety and security upgrades, Americans with Disabilities Act upgrades, new/renovated facilities for College, Career and Technical Education, temporary classrooms replaced by permanent classrooms, air conditioning, ADA improvements to athletic facilities, turf fields, and other capital improvements at traditional and charter schools throughout the district. By law, capital improvement bond funds cannot be used for teacher or administrative salaries.
All district schools have benefited from the bond program through classroom technology upgrades. The first priority for the Prop. S bond program was to provide 21st century technology that would improve the teaching and learning environment for all students. The five-year phased program provided interactive classrooms at all schools and individual computing devices for each student. The main components of the classroom suite included: an interactive whiteboard, an audio-visual cabinet, a teacher’s presentation station, a wireless voice amplification system, an advanced-model document camera, a classroom DVD player, a netbook or iPad for each student, and a tablet for each teacher.
In addition, several College, Career & Technical Education projects have been completed at high schools throughout the district. Funded by Prop. S and matching funds from the state's Prop. 1D, College, Career & Technical Education Programs integrate core academics with technical and occupational training to prepare students for college and careers.
To learn what improvements are slated for specific schools during the facilities bond program, visit http://www.sandi.net/page/1913.
To ensure that taxpayer dollars are spent appropriately, the Independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee monitors Prop. S and Z bond expenditures. Annual financial and performance audits will be also performed on Prop. S and Z.
Visit www.sandi.net/page/946 for additional information on San Diego Unified School District.
-Submitted by San Diego Unified School District.