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Voters approve $3.5 billion in bond funds for Dallas schools

Nov. 5, 2020
The district won approval of only 2 of its 5 ballot questions, but the winning proposals accounted for $3.5 billion of the $3.7 billion sought.

Voters in Dallas Independent School District have approved most but not all of funding sought in a $3.7 billion bond request for facility upgrades.

WFAA-TV reports that voters supported only two of the five ballot questions from the district, but those two questions accounted for more than $3.5 billion of the $3.7 billion package.

The first and largest request, Proposition A, asked for authorization to spend $3.2 billion to renovate aging facilities and infrastructure. Of that, $1.1 billion is set aside for new and replacement campuses.

The district says many of its HVAC systems, fire alarm systems, electrical panels and switchgear, plumbing fixtures and piping, and roofs have less than five years left of use.

About 53% of voters supported the request.

Voters also approved Proposition B. It authorized $270 million in bonds for buying and upgrading technology for better student connectivity, classroom technology, communications systems, enterprise systems and cybersecurity.

The other three bond proposals were rejected by voters.

Proposition C sought $53.3 million to improve the district's stadiums, including field turf and high school practice tracks.

Proposition D asked for $66.1 million in bonds to build a visual and performing arts center.

Proposition E sought $33.5 million to renovate the district's natatoriums.

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