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Report: $600 Million Needed to Repair San Diego Schools

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Aired 4/19/09

It's going to take an extra $600 million to repair and renovate aging San Diego schools. That's the finding of a new report about construction projects in the San Diego Unified School District. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

An independent oversight committee looked at how the district is managing projects tied to Proposition M-M -- a $1.5 billion school facilities bond approved nine years ago. The group found the district is spending taxpayer money wisely and building new schools on time. However, committee members found there's still $600 million worth of repairs that aren't covered by the school bond. The panel wants the district to develop a financial strategy to take care of the backlog and any problems in the future. School board member John DeBeck agrees with the findings, saying the district needs to repair a roof before it starts leaking.

DeBeck: We still have a lot of buildings, and those are all going to continue to depreciate. And we can't just hide that.

The district's facilities management team is currently visiting each school site and compiling a list of the problems that need to be fixed. Ana Tintocalis, KPBS News.

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