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San Diego Unified students start a new school year

Posted at 11:28 AM, Aug 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-27 15:04:24-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Thousands of San Diego children returned to classes for the 2018-2019 school year Monday.

For the San Diego Unified School District, one of the priorities is pushing a bond measure on the November ballot which earmarks funding for school safety and repairs.

“What we've learned since Parkland, since Sandy Hook... we have to take those lessons and put them into action,” said Superintendent Cindy Martin.

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At $3.5 billion, the bond measure is the largest in the district’s history. It would mean an average property tax increase of $230 a year for homeowners in the area.

“It's about school safety and security; it's about the seen and the unseen threats that are across the campuses. we're also talking about the lead in the drinking water,” Martin said.

Previous bond money from measures S and Z funded projects like the Academy of Business at Clairemont High School.

Micki Payne, whose daughter is starting her freshman year, said she might vote to give schools more money.

“We could use that definitely… depends on how they actually spend it,” said Payne.