Modesto considering $198 million bond for school upgrades

Modesto considering $198 million bond for school upgrades | EdSource

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The Modesto City Schools board will decide next month whether to put a $198 million bond on the November ballot to pay for upgrades at the district’s eight high schools, the Modesto Bee reported.

The bond, which would need 55% of the vote to pass, would pay for improvements like roof repairs, ventilation upgrades, security systems, improved access for students with disabilities, and modernization of science labs and arts and athletic facilities.

“While Modest City Schools provide high-quality instruction to local high school students, most of our high schools were built 50 to 100 years ago,” according to the district website. “Our aging education facilities need repairs and upgrades to meet modern academic and safety standards. To maintain high-quality instruction for local students, updates are needed to classrooms, technology and science labs so students graduate with the skills needed for competitive 21st century careers.”

The board is likely to decide at its June 20 meeting whether to move forward with the bond.

–Carolyn Jones

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