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Voters approve Oceanside School District's $157.2M budget for 2019-20

Two incumbents re-elected to school board in uncontested races

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Voters approved the Oceanside School District's $157.2 million budget on Tuesday
Voters approved the Oceanside School District's $157.2 million budget on Tuesday
Christina Daly/Herald

Voters in the Oceanside School District voted to approve the proposed $157.2 million budget for the 2019-20 school year on Tuesday and supported two Board of Education candidates in an uncontested race.

The budget was approved 1,090 yes votes to 460.

Voters also supported Proposition 2 for the library budget, 1,209 to 347, and Proposition 3, regarding the use of capital reserves for district projects, 1,052 to 390.

The budget includes funds for new playgrounds at Schools No. 2 and 4, new security systems at all schools, a replacement message board at the high school and 12 collaborative learning environments — six in the elementary schools and six at the high school — that would have new, flexible furniture to use in computer labs and classrooms. District officials have also budgeted for new staff positions, including one health and wellness counselor for elementary schools and a director of data, assessment and administrative services.

Proposition 3 permitted the district to use the funds for renovations to the high school’s 13-year-old turf field, which will also add protective netting around the interior perimeter between the field and track, and the replacement of three interior doors at the high school.

Robert Transom (1,159 votes) and Michael D'Ambrosio (1,212) were also re-elected to the board. Transom has served on the board for 21 years and D’Ambrosio for six.