Mesa Ariz. Public Schools to Seek $230 Million Bond for Repairs, Technology

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Monday, June 11, 2012

Arizona's largest school district has a building-repair crisis.

Six of Mesa's 84 schools were built in the 1950s and 10 in the 1960s. They and many other district buildings need improvements ranging from new chillers for air-conditioning to plumbing and roof repairs. But the money isn't there -- unless school officials take it away from other programs, including classroom activities.

"We are out of bond funds and we have no (state) building renewal funds," explained Bobette Sylvester, assistant superintendent for business and support services.

But Tuesday, Mesa schools' governing board backed away from putting a recommended $285 million bond for school repairs and new construction, buses and classroom technology on the Nov. 6 ballot.

All five board members expressed worry that if they ask voters to approve too large a bond, the district could wind up with no money at all for school repairs.

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