Early returns from the Lake Los Angeles area of the Antelope Valley indicated voters were almost evenly split over whether to build and operate their own high school and break away from the region's established high school district.
With only absentee ballots counted, voters in the north Los Angeles County community were approving Measure W by 26 to 25. If the measure gets a majority vote, it would allow the Wilsona School District, the small elementary district that serves the area, to begin teaching high school students.
Supporters said the change would give residents more local control over the high school education of their children. But the Antelope Valley Union High School District, which now serves the students, said the small Wilsona district could not maintain the current quality of education by operating independently.
Voters also cast ballots for a five-member school board that would take office July 1 to govern the new Wilsona Unified School District that Measure W would create. If the measure fails, the current Wilsona district and its governing board would remain unchanged.