San Diego Unified is floating the idea of using $30 million from an anticipated facilities bond to convert several elementary schools into small high schools that specialize in career training.

Architecture and Planning Director Jim Watts said the proposal stems from Superintendent Terry Grier, who has recommended replacing schools with low enrollment with new programs geared toward reducing dropouts.

It’s no sure thing: The idea appeared on a draft list of possible projects for a planned November bond, which is subject to change. Nor is the bond itself a sure thing: The school board must vote to place it on the ballot, and voters must approve the bond in November.

The same draft list includes $401 million in wireless internet access and other technology upgrades and $359 million to repair and replace underground utilities and other systems with life spans of 20 years or longer.


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