Voters approve bond issue for Miami-Dade Public Schools

Voters approve $1.2B bond to renovate, rebuild schools

MIAMI - Voters approved a $1.2 billion bond Tuesday that will be used to rebuild and renovate several schools in the Miami-Dade County School District.

"Sixty-nine percent to 31 percent. Sixty-nine percent to 31 percent," said Miami-Dade Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho.

"Making sure that we enable our students to be presented the best opportunity to learn in this country," said Miami-Dade School Board member Dr. Wilbert "Tee" Holloway.

Voters agreed to pay for a $1.2 billion bond over the next 30 years by accepting a property tax hike of about $10 to $20 a year. The extra money will be used on aging schools, some that are 50 years old.

"Our plan will result in every single project being launched within six to seven years, careful planning, fast execution," said Carvalho.

Peeling paint, broken windows, and cracked concrete is evident that the schools are in need of repair. But after the school board program in 1988 which suffered construction delays, this program has a lot to prove.

"And, the responsibility, our promise is to deliver these projects on time, under budget, to hire local firms, to hire local employees, to develop the local economy," said Carvalho.

"There will be an advisory committee. This will be something that people look at very closely to ensure that there is accountability because now that we have earned your trust, we need to deliver," said Miami-Dade School Board member Martin Karp.

About 10 percent of the bond will go to technological upgrades in Miami-Dade schools.

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