A $52-million bond to ease overcrowding in the William S. Hart Union High School District failed to win a two-thirds majority vote during a special election last month, a spokeswoman from the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorders Office said Friday. After the narrow election loss on June 6, Hart officials demanded a recount but registrar spokeswoman Grace Chavez said the results remained the same.
Chavez said the final recount results were 11,359 to 5,705--or 66.57% to 33.43%.
"And that is the vote that stands," Chavez said. "It lost by a narrow margin." Bonds must receive at least two-thirds--or 66.67%--approval to pass.
School officials said the bond was needed to accommodate a rapidly growing student enrollment expected to nearly double in five years.
The bond would have helped pay for five new schools in the 15,000-student district. School officials said the district may be forced to adopt a year-round schedule or hold two sessions of school each day, one in the morning and one in the late afternoon.