Measure L would fund fixes to school facilities

The leak that sprang in fourth-grader Esra Yeksek’s classroom at College Park Elementary School this year wasn’t too bad, she said.

The same was not the case with the room down the hall, which had water streaming down the wall, when students’ work had to be thrown away.

But for Principal Diana Hallock, there’s no size of leak that should be tolerated in classrooms, which is why she’s pinning her hopes on Measure L.

When San Mateo voters go to the polls Tuesday, they’ll be asked to approve a measure to give the 20 schools in the San Mateo-Foster City School District $175 million in bond money. The funding would repair the district’s most bedraggled facilities and add new classrooms in its most tightly packed schools.

No new taxes are needed for the funding — which may be a selling point for voters worried about their pocketbooks, said district Chief Business Official Michaela Ochoa. Measure L, rather than increasing property taxes, just extends those approved for previous bond measures.

College Park is one of three schools in the district that haven’t been renovated, including Fiesta Gardens and Foster City elementary schools. Those schools would see the most extensive improvements — plumbing fixes, new heating systems and better roofs.

Other schools in the district would get new classrooms, necessary since the district is projected to grow through 2017, Ochoa said. The money will also go to expanding computer labs and libraries in other schools.

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