Measure M Passes: ‘Thank You!’ Local Voters

Measure M Passes: ‘Thank You!’ Local Voters
Posted on 04/23/2020
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Lost amid the concerns of the COVID-19 outbreak was the outcome of the March 3 general obligation bond election for Measure M. On election night, with about 53 percent voter support, media outlets reported that the measure appeared defeated as it fell short of the 55 percent needed to pass. However, mail and provisional ballots hadn’t been tallied yet. And as the COVID-19 crisis led to school closures, and social distancing directives, the count of absentee ballots continued. Each week brought Measure M closer and closer to approval. Finally, on April 2, the San Diego Registrar of Voters completed the count. Measure M was approved by 55.42 percent of local voters.

"The last ballots were counted, and surprise! Measure M achieved victory. What a comeback,” said Superintendent Francisco Escobedo, Ed.D. “We are grateful and proud of the support we received.”

Measure M will help our District implement a range of school improvement projects that include safety and security measures. In addition, the bond measure will fund projects such as Teacher-Staff Affordable Housing, Early Years Preschool Facilities, and Installation of a District-wide Solar System. The solar energy plan alone could lead to more than $2 million in energy savings annually. The projects will also spur local job creation, which given current conditions, can only grow in importance.

At its April 22 meeting, the Board of Education formally adopted a resolution certifying the election results.

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