By Clay Lambert--[ firstname.lastname@example.org ]
( http://www.hmbreview.com/articles/2006/11/14/news/local_news/story03.txt )
Educators, parents and students in La Honda and Pescadero were holding their breath into the night, awaiting results from a $15 million bond question on Tuesday's ballot.
Measure I requires 55 percent of the vote for approval. Results were not available at press time late Tuesday night.
District officials say the money would go toward construction of a new high school, repairs for the middle school and a more sturdy water supply for the elementary school.
Measure I faced no organized opposition.
Superintendent Tim Beard said dramatic improvements were necessary because the schools are 40 years old and in need of major repairs.
"We hope that the voters support the bond measure," Beard said in the days leading up to the vote. "It will help repair and modernize our school facilities and we're in serious need of that."
Beard said the bond would pave the way to move the middle school into the current high school and allow for construction of a new high school campus. The cost of the total project could be as much as $20 million, according to an architecture firm hired by the district, but Beard is confident the bond would open up the district to additional state funding sources.
Review staff writer Marc Longpre contributed to this story.