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Oceanside voters reject bond issue for heat, a/c upgrades

A view of Oceanside High School seen on

A view of Oceanside High School seen on Jan. 13, 2015. Credit: Danielle Finkelstein

Oceanside residents Tuesday rejected a $50 million bond issue that would have provided air conditioning and heat upgrades in classrooms.

The bond issue failed by a margin of 1,482 to 961, said Donna Kraus, a spokeswoman for Oceanside school district. District officials projected the tax impact for the average Oceanside homeowner would have been $11.95 a month over the life of the 15-year bond.

"Many people came forward to request that the school district explore the potential for undertaking this project," said Phyllis Harrington, district superintendent. "It was a community decision and the voters have spoken."

The project would have replaced existing classroom unit ventilators in the district’s 10 buildings. It also would have included electrical upgrades, ceiling reconstruction work and other related projects.

The bond also would have replaced window air-conditioning units in some classrooms. The current system does not allow for consistent temperatures in school buildings, officials said.

Had the bond been approved, and pending state Education Department approvals, work would have begun in spring 2021. It would have taken about five years to complete.

School officials had said the district would be eligible for reimbursement from the state on 45% of the costs.

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