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Updated: Mesa Unified voters approve $230M bond

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Posted: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 8:15 pm | Updated: 2:12 pm, Wed Nov 7, 2012.

Mesa voters were approving a $230 million bond question for the school district Tuesday night in early unofficial results.

The Mesa Unified School District governing board put the issue on the ballot to raise money to repair aging buildings, address transportation issues and improve classroom technology.

With 71 percent of the precincts reporting, the measure was passing by a 2-to-1 margin, according to unofficial results.

Mesa has 87 schools, 1,000 buildings and 8 million square feet to maintain. When the courts determined the state’s method of funding school construction unconstitutional in the 1990s, the state took over and created the School Facilities Board. But because of the recession, lawmakers have not fully funded school construction and repairs, leaving districts to again find the money in their maintenance and operations budgets or through bond questions.

The last Mesa school district bond, a $212 million question in 2005, passed with 68 percent of the vote.

Bond measures in Tempe Union High School District and Mesa Unified School District were passing, in unofficial results, while maintenance and operations budget overrides across the East Valley were failing for school districts.

Mesa Unified School District’s governing board will remain the same, according to unofficial results, as current members Steven Peterson, Michael Nichols and Dr. Ben Whiting were leading former Maricopa County Community Colleges District board member Jerry Walker.

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