BOND ELECTIONS: LA Community Colleges banking on $1.2 billion bond request

Los Angeles County voters will decide next month on a $1.2-billion bond measure that would vastly improve aging classrooms and deteriorating buildings in the Community College district. Proposals on how the bond money would be spent at the campuses range from a $172-million package including gyms, a parking lot and a fine arts complex at East Los Angeles College to a $111-million plan for a technology building, cultural arts center, classroom building and other projects at West Los Angeles College.(Los Angeles Times).

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Four men with a history of working on successful campaigns will lead the Cleveland Municipal School District’s effort to pass a bond issue and levy on May 8. Residents will vote on a bond issue that would raise $335 million for school rebuilding and repairs and a 0.5-mill levy that would generate $46 million over 25 years for maintenance. The issue is needed to capture $500 million in matching funds from the state. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

The San Antonio School Board will ask voters in May to approve $126.5 million in bonds. The package would provide $36 million to replace Crockett Elementary School and renovate five other older schools, $32 million to build music facilities at the district's eight high schools, and $30 million for classrooms to accommodate a growing population of 3- and 4-year-old students.(San Antonio Express-News)

Voters overwhelmingly approved a $180.5 million school bond package Tuesday, giving the Mansfield Independent School District the go-ahead to build seven schools in the next four years. Mansfield—which includes parts of Arlington, Grand Prairie and Fort Worth—is one of the fastest-growing districts in the state. (Dallas Morning News)

Voters in the Harlandale School District in Texas have approved a record $65.8 million bond referendum, but there's no guarantee that the six elementary schools proposed will be built. The bonds are contingent on receiving state aid and, right now, there's no state money available. (San Antonio Express News)

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