San Diego Unified headquarters
Eugene Brucker Education Center is headquarters of the San Diego Unified School District. File photo

The San Diego Unified Board of Education voted unanimously Monday night to place a $3.5 billion bond measure on the November ballot.

The Neighborhood School Safety and Repair measure would fix aging schools and make safety improvements, including several aimed at confronting the issue of lead in school drinking water.

“The Neighborhood School Safety and Repair measure keeps the commitments we have made to the communities we serve,” said Board President Kevin Beiser. “It allows us to provide students with the cleanest drinking water in the nation, provides for critical repairs at our aging facilities and creates job-oriented classrooms to prepare our young people for their future.”

In addition to repairs, the new measure would provide upgrades to school safety systems, including intruder alarms and communications technology.

“School police were deeply involved in planning for this measure, and we believe it will make an important contribution to the safety of our students,” said Capt. Joey Florentino. He noted this is the first new measure introduced by the district since the school shooting tragedies at Sandy Hook and Parkland.

San Diego Unified maintains nearly 200 education facilities with an overall average age of 48 years. Every school in the district would receive upgrades under the bond measure.

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.