A whopping $1 billion in school bond funds has been spent on facility construction, repairs, renovations and other upgrades at San Diego city schools since voters approved the first of two multibillion-dollar bond measures seven years ago.
Just 20 percent of that amount – less than $200 million – has actually gone toward projects considered major repairs or renovations to existing facilities, according to the bond program’s latest annual performance audit.
Still, the group auditing how bond money has been spent, Crowe Horwath, gave the district the all clear.
The statistic does, however, mirror what we already know: that thus far, student technology, athletic stadiums and other ribbon cutting-worthy projects have taken priority over urgently needed but less visible repairs, like leaky roofs, stuffy classrooms and asbestos. Those needs still remain across the district.