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BOND FUNDS COOL DOWN SCHOOLS.

Byline: Donna Huffaker Staff Writer

Things are a lot cooler at Lincoln Elementary School this year.

Cooler and brighter.

Thanks to Measure K funds, Lincoln Elementary and five other schools started the year off with a new air-conditioning system, new roofs, new lighting and technological improvements that will continue to upgrade the district into the millennium.

``It's been a world of difference,'' said Barbara Mikolasko, Lincoln Elementary principal, on Friday.

``Most years, we start school with 100-degree temperatures, and the kids and teachers are wilted by lunch. It hasn't been as hot this fall, but everyone still walks into a cool classroom from recess,'' she said.

District officials on Wednesday sold the third series of the $186 million bond approved by Glendale voters in 1997, said Dick White, planning, development and facilities administrator for Glendale Unified School District.

Officials sold $30 million in bonds Wednesday, totaling $85 million sold to date. The money has permitted the district to move forward with all design projects as well as construction at Cerritos Elementary and new classrooms at Crescenta Valley High, White said.

Lincoln, Fremont, Franklin, Glenoaks, La Crescenta and Monte Vista elementary schools received air conditioning in classrooms, administrative offices and multipurpose rooms, as well as energy-efficient lighting, White said.

``We have a good credit-rating system. It's a good risk for people to buy these bonds. They'll get a good return on their investment,'' White said.

Glendale homeowners will pay about $50 per year per $100,000 assessed property value to pay back the bond issue, officials said.

The next bond sale is set for 2001, White said.

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Photo: Lincoln Elementary School Principal Barbara Mikolasko adjusts the air temperature.

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