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School District to Propose Smaller Bond Issue for Ballot

July 02, 1998

The Torrance Unified School District will place a $42.5-million bond measure on the November ballot seeking funds to upgrade and refurbish old schools, officials said.

It will be the fourth school bond measure to appear on the ballot in 18 months. After three earlier measures fell short of the required two-thirds voter approval, school board members decided this week to seek voter approval for a lower amount.

The new bond measure would provide funds to build science labs and upgrade aging schools, said Kevin Condon, the district's chief business officer.

"Some schools were built before the baby boomers and they are made for those capacities," Condon said. "There are only two plugs per room in some classes. We have the original boilers and heaters of the 1940s and '50s."

Officials said they would use the money to work on the priority needs first and try to "build credibility with the community" for further bond measures, Condon said.

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