EAST WHITTIER – East Whittier’s strong community of voters approved school bond Measures R and Z, designed to strengthen the educational opportunities for East Whittier City School District’s students. Both measures passed with more than 72 percent voter support.

The $94 million generated from the measures will provide necessary repairs and modernization to the District’s 10 elementary and three middle schools – further enhancing learning environments, safety and security across all campuses.

Next up for the District is prioritizing the schedule of projects to be funded with the new bonds. This will be accomplished as the District finishes paying off a 1997 bond, thereby ensuring the District can tackle new projects in a timely fashion without placing additional burdens on the community.

Also on the to-do list: Selecting individuals for the District’s new citizens bond oversight committee to review and report to the community on bond spending.

“We remain committed to providing the best educational experience that can be provided for our students with our newly available resources,” East Whittier City School District Superintendent Mary Branca said. “This is an exciting time for our District and we are thankful for all of the support which has allowed us to embark on this journey.”

Combined, the two bonds will cost $40 per $100,000 in assessed property value annually.