California county seeking $114 million bond for technology upgrades

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Stockton Unified will ask voters to approve a $114 million bond measure in the November election, money that could be used only for technology upgrades in the school district.

Trustees approved the plan despite some concerns the district will be searching for long-term leadership with the pending retirement of Superintendent Steve Lowder, and that an election campaign for the bonds would require organization and could be very time consuming.

Stockton Unified financial adviser Dale Scott said if the district wants to float a bond to pay for technology upgrades, it would need to do so either on the November ballot or wait until November 2016. Trustees eventually decided that the district's clogged technology infrastructure and many outdated computers couldn't wait.

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