Nearly 80 Percent of Voters Support School Bond Measure
Arlington voters approved the $52.65 million school bond measure on Nov. 3 by 79.32%. This vote represents one of the highest approval ratings in the history of Arlington Public School’ bonds, dating back to 1951. The school bond funds will be dedicated to improving school infrastructure and address continued enrollment growth in Arlington County.
“Thank you to the entire community for voting and demonstrating your support for our schools during these unprecedented and uncertain times,” said School Board Chair Monique O’Grady. “I also want to thank our bond co-chairs Lois Koontz and Miles Mason for their efforts to inform the community about the 2020 Bond.”
She continued, “Recognizing the significant challenges our schools are navigating and the stress in our community, this approval rating demonstrates the high value Arlingtonians place in delivering quality education for our growing community.”
The $52.65 million will be used for the following projects:
- $24.3 million for planning and design to meet 10-year projected capacity needs at all school levels*
- $15.4 million for major infrastructure projects such as HVAC replacement for schools*
- $7.65 million for building refreshes and kitchen renovations at ATS, Key and McKinley
- $5.30 million for security entrances at Taylor, Gunston, Jefferson, Williamsburg, Wakefield $5.30 million
*Additional funds for these projects will be included in future Capital Improvement Plans
Information on the 2020 school bond and all of the projects planned in the (FY) 2021 Capital Improvement Plan is available online.