Miami-Dade schools rake in cash for bond referendum

The Miami-Dade school district’s proposed $1.2 billion bond referendum has attracted attention — and monetary contributions — from engineers in South Florida and Louisiana, Texas and Virginia.

In less than a month, the Building for Tomorrow political action committee, chaired by Tony Argiz, has collected $90,000 in 17 contributions, according to its first finance report. Superintendent Alberto Carvalho has pitched the Nov. 6 bond measure to improve aging buildings and upgrade school technology.

Most contributors are from the engineering, construction and real estate industries. The biggest donors so far: utility company Florida Power & Light and The Related Group, led by condo king Jorge Perez. Both companies donated $25,000 each. Doral-based IT company United Data Technologies, which does work with the district, contributed $10,000.