The Lompoc Unified School District’s $125 million bond measure appears to have fallen short of the needed voter threshhold, according to the Santa Barbara County Elections Office.
Measure A needs 55% voter approval to pass, but had only 52.1% voter approval, according to “semi-official” results from Tuesday’s election.
However, an unknown number of ballots remain to be counted.
The bond measure would fund campus improvements across the 16 schools in the Lompoc Unified School District.
According to the Measure A bond summary, funding would modernize all permanent classrooms to meet district and state standards, additional career training facilities will be added to the high schools, new science labs will be added to middle schools, classrooms will be updated to support STEM and STEAM academies, and school building security will be improved for teacher and student safety.
“If you go through all the campuses, you will see that the needs are consistent but not identical,” Doug Sorum, assistant superintendent of business services previously told Noozhawk.
The measure would generate $125 million in locally controlled funding and would not increase the overall tax rate for school bonds, according to the district.
Additionally, the district would be eligible for approximately $46 million in state grants through the State School Facilities Program, according to the bond summary.
The newest campus in the Lompoc Unified School District was built in 1969, the district told Noozhawk. The district serves approximately 9,000 students.
Critics of Measure A said that the measure would raise taxes, and that the bond measure oversight committee will not have a say in which projects get done, Noozhawk previously reported.
After polls closed at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, the County Elections Office released results for all the ballots that had already been received and counted. Additional updates were provided later Tuesday night, and more votes will be counted later this week.
Results will be updated again on Nov. 15, which is the deadline for vote-by-mail ballots to be delivered to the County Elections Office as long as the ballots are postmarked on or before Election Day.
The Santa Barbara County Elections Office will certify the Nov. 8 election results by Dec. 8.