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Newark Looks To Bond Measure To Improve Aging Schools

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NEWARK (KCBS) – A consultant hired by the Newark Unified School District has recommended a $65 million bond measure to help pay for fixing eleven schools in the district.

“It would put in roofs on most of our schools, update all of the heating and air conditioning, which would create energy efficiency,” said Newark Unified School District Superintendent Dave Marken. “(It would help pay for) all of those structural and energy pieces. Increasing and inputting the technological base for our schools and doing as much as we can with a portion of what is really needed.”

KCBS’ Mike Colgan Reports:

Marken said that with the state cutting back on education funding, it will, put the burden on local residents.

“We feel, as many school districts are doing, basically taking the education of their students into their own hands since the state has not done that,” he said.

The school board is expected to decide on August 9 whether to put a bond measure on the November ballot. Unlike a parcel tax measure, which would need two-thirds approval, the bond measure would need 55 percent to pass.

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