Voters approve $139M for southside campus

Voters approved $139 million to fund Phase 1 of construction on the proposed southside campus, seen here in an artist's rendering.

Escamilla: ‘The future is definitely brighter’

A new future has been painted for Del Mar College after voters passed a bond worth $139 million to fund Phase 1 construction of the new south side campus.

The bond passed with 42,783 voters in favor of it and 37,074 against.

Mark Escamilla, president of Del Mar College, expressed his gratitude toward those who voted.

Escamilla said he is very grateful for the community's support.
Escamilla said he is grateful for the community’s support.

“It’s a great honor to have been a part of that bold move by this community,” Escamilla said. “The results spoke volumes in terms of the support from the community and we’re very grateful for that.”

Planning for construction will begin immediately, according to Escamilla. However, he is not sure when actual construction on Phase 1 will begin. There are no formal plans for any phases after Phase 1 at this time.

Trey McCampbell, chairman of the Board of Regents, was also excited about the results.

“I think it’s a recognition of the need for a campus on the growing southside, for the growing student population and the need for a more accessible school,” McCampbell said.

Escamilla is excited about the possibilities.

“The future is definitely brighter,” he said.

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