Poway Unified School District

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Poway Unified School District is a school district located in Poway, California. The District operates 25 elementary schools (K-5), six middle schools (6-8), five comprehensive high schools (9-12), and one continuation high school.[1] Twenty-one of its schools are located in the city of San Diego; eleven others are in the city of Poway. The District serves approximately 33,000 students in San Diego County and is the third-largest school district in the County. Currently enrolled high school students may earn credits to meet high school graduation requirements by taking career-technical education classes offered by Regional Occupation Program at various sites throughout the District after school and in the evenings. These courses are designed to provide students with the opportunity to apply academic skills, explore and prepare for careers, develop leadership skills, and ultimately to provide students with the skills necessary for a successful transition to post-secondary education and the workforce.[2]

The Poway Regional Occupation Program is affiliated with the San Diego County Office of Education Regional Occupational Program. Students can take classes from other school districts which are participating in the Regional Occupational Program.

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http://www.powayusd.com/PUSDDesign39/ Design 39 Campus Elementary School

School Construction and Renovation[edit]

Schools built for 500 children had as many as 700 children attending. Poway High School, built to hold 1,500 students, had 3,100 students in attendance in the 2004-2005 school year. The oldest school building in the district was built in 1949. Many of the other school district's buildings were constructed in the mid 1970s and were nearly 30 years old. Much of the initial wiring, plumbing, mechanical systems, and structures remained as they were.

With state funding from the State of California already at its maximum, and the schools still being underfunded for renovation,[clarification needed] the school district decided to borrow the money. The voters approved the $198 million Proposition U bond measure. The money will fund renovation, repairs, and construction at 24 existing schools within the school district. Aging classrooms will be renovated, plumbing and electrical systems will be upgraded, and new permanent classrooms will be constructed to relieve current overcrowding. The bond, which borrows $105 million, will cost approximately $981 million to repay over its 40 year term, and has been criticized by San Diego County officials for being too expensive and requiring that property values quadruple over the 40 year term to cover the payments.

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