New School Bond Spending Plan Still Carves Out Money for Stadiums, Tech
There are still billions of dollars to go around when San Diego Unified finishes issuing all $4.9 billion in voter-approved Proposition S and Z debt. Though the bonds were sold to voters as crucial measures to fund urgently needed repairs, the latest spending plan estimates about 22 percent will go toward such projects.
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A new $11 million stadium and athletic fields at Mission Bay High were paid for with bond funds.
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.