At its Feb. 10 meeting, the Board of Education received the annual independent audit for the district's capital improvement bond program.
“The auditors found that the district's financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the Propositions S and Z Bonds Building Funds,” said Lee Dulgeroff, chief facilities planning and construction officer.
“For the sixth consecutive year, the district's capital bond program has received the highest opinion auditors can offer for both its financial and performance audits,” Dulgeroff said. “This year, the auditors had no adverse findings, an achievement for a bond program of this size and complexity.”
In an effort to provide a quality school in every neighborhood, the district is using Proposition S (passed in 2008) and Proposition Z (passed in 2012) funds to repair, renovate and revitalize district schools.
Since the district doesn't get all the bond funds at once, a board-approved phasing plan for bond projects is being implemented. The district's Facilities Planning and Construction Division manages the bond program.
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.
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.
As of February 2015, in addition to the classroom technology, more than 80 construction projects have been completed since 2008, more than 20 are in construction, and approximately 40 are in design. Per the Board of Education's direction, 2,000 of the district's hottest classrooms are also being air conditioned under an accelerated program.
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-Submitted by Cynthia Reed-Porter, San Diego Unified School District.