San Carlos voters on Tuesday night overwhelmingly approved a $72 million bond measure to improve school facilities.

Measure H passed with 66.7 percent of the votes; it needed at least 55 percent.

"We're very pleased, obviously, with the outcome," said Superintendent Craig Baker. "Our community recognizes the value of the schools here and how important they are to everybody."

Among other things, Measure H bonds will pay for upgrades to science and computer labs, safety-related renovations, energy-saving measures and new classrooms to reduce overcrowding, according to the ballot measure's text.

The estimated cost to district home-owners will be about $30 per $100,000 of assessed property value.

The school district is currently working on a facilities master plan that should be completed next month, Baker said, adding that some projects may start as early as February.

An independent committee raised about $76,229 to promote the bond measure, according to campaign finance documents filed with the county last month. The bulk of that amount -- more than $50,000 -- came from San Carlos residents, but about one third came from legal and financial firms that have contracts to do work for the district if the bond measure passed.

Email Bonnie Eslinger at beslinger@dailynewsgroup.com; follow her at twitter.com/bonnieeslinger.



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