Long Beach School Bond Issue Fails

Long Beach will not get a new high school. Tuesday, residents voted down an $11 million bond issue. That money would have covered the first phase of a plan to replace the 47-year-old high school.

By law, bond issues need 60 percent of the vote to pass. Tuesday's issue failed by a very narrow margin, with only 57.83 percent voting for the proposal.

1,731 residents voted "yes" and 1,262 voted "no". That's only 28 percent of all Long Beach residents.

One of the driving forces behind the bond issue, Long Beach Schools Superintendent Carrolyn Hamilton, was disappointed. But she says it's not over yet.

"We did get 58 percent that were for, and knew we needed the high school and the bond issue. So we want to thank them. We want to thank all the people who worked, and we'll regroup. We're going to be taking advice from people and see what we have to do to try again," Hamilton said.

The $11 million bond issue would have increased property taxes by two mills. By the way, a "mill" is equal to one tenth of a penny on every dollar.