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Voters in the San Antonio Independent School District on Tuesday passed the largest bond in district and city history.

The $1.3 billion bond was split into two propositions on the ballot. One asked for $1.21 billion for school renovations at 36 campuses, while the other asked for $90 million to address technology needs for the school district.

With the early votes and Election Day results tallied, 68 percent of voters cast ballots in favor of SAISD Proposition A, and 70 percent voted in favor of SAISD Proposition B. 

The district celebrated the victory in a press release on Tuesday

“We’re grateful to our community and to our taxpayers,” SAISD Superintendent Pedro Martinez said in a Tuesday night statement. “Our academics have been improving so much. We’re one of the fastest improving school districts in the state. And now, we’re able to match our facilities and our classroom spaces with those academic gains.

“Every school will be impacted – whether it’s upgrading every single classroom to be a 21st-century classroom, replacing our outdated [air conditioning] systems, or upgrading our security systems.”

SAISD board President Patti Radle said the passage of the bond helps address historical inequity within the district and bring its many deteriorating buildings – some as old as the late 19th century – up to today’s standards.

“Our students deserve great facilities that match the great learning that has been going on inside our buildings,” Radle said. “We think students, parents, and faculty will be amazed by the change that is coming.”

The school bond joins San Antonio’s Pre-K 4 SA and workforce development items and VIA Metropolitan Transit’s ballot measure among the evening’s successful voter propositions.

JJ Velasquez

JJ Velasquez

JJ Velasquez was a columnist, former editor and reporter at the San Antonio Report.

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Jackie Wang

Jackie Wang covered local government for the San Antonio Report.