Santa Clara County Schools Get Boost From Bond Measures

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SANTA CLARA COUNTY (KCBS) – Election night was a mixed bag for school bond measures although that was not the case in Santa Clara County, with all four bond measures passing.

The biggest of the school bond measures was Measure C, which will raise $350 million to upgrade aging facilities at the West Valley Mission Community College District.

KCBS’ Matt Bigler Reports:

“We’ll have greater energy efficiency, so all of those savings will be able to be diverted to the educational experience and providing the programs that our students need,” said Board of Trustees President Adrienne Gray.

Meanwhile in Milpitas, voters approved Measure E, a $95 million school bond that will pay for new buildings and technology, like wireless Internet access in schools.

“What that’s going to enable us to do is to start working with different platforms to break free from the walls of a classroom,” said Milpitas Unified School District Superintendent Cary Matsuoka.

He said they intentionally chose not to ask voters for a larger bond measure.

“I think that’s partly what led to the success of the bond,” Matsuoka said. “We were appropriate.”

Voters in Cupertino and Mountain View also approved bond measures for $220 million and $198 million respectively, which will also pay for infrastructure and technology improvements.

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