Voters in three San Antonio school districts said a resounding yes to paying for building new schools and improving old ones, despite a jaw-dropping $1.2 billion overall price tag. The Northside district's bond totals $693 million and will finance the construction of a dozen new schools. The North East district plans to build four new elementary schools with a portion of its $498 million bond. The South San Antonio Independent School District won approval of a $37.2 million bond request.
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EARLIER: Voters on San Antonio's North Side will have big-dollar decisions to make during the May 12 election when the city's two largest school districts will seek approval of bond issues totaling nearly $1.2 billion. The North East Independent School District has placed a $498 million bond proposal on the ballot. The district is growing by 1,600 students a year, and $132 million of the bond is earmarked to build four new elementary schools. The neighboring Northside district trustees have placed a proposal of nearly $700 million on the ballot. (San Antonio Express-News)