The $150 million school bond proposed by the Los Altos School District to accommodate growing enrollment may win after all.
As the county continues to count votes and update election results, the number of district residents who voted yes on Measure N climbed to 57.2 percent from 54.9 percent. The bond needs 55 percent of the vote to pass, and was short by nine votes.
The razor-thin margin had Los Altos School District administrators and school board members worried on election night, including board president Tamara Logan, who won her re-election onto the school board Tuesday.
"The (celebration) was tempered somewhat because we're not sure which way it will go," Logan said on Wednesday morning following the election.
Associate Superintendent Randy Kenyon said he was "disappointed" to see it was so close, but it didn't come as a surprise. Prior to the election, polling data indicated Measure N would pass by a small margin.
The $150 million school bond would help the school district build a new school and new facilities to deal with fast-growing enrollment that is already exceeding target enrollment numbers at most of the nine district campuses. District administrators attribute the high quality instruction, in part, to the smaller school sizes which they say could be compromised if the bond does not pass.
Property owners in the district would pay a maximum of $30 per $100,000 of assessed value for the bond.