Long Beach residents turned out to pass a $20 million school bond to renovate and upgrade the existing high school campus.
More than 3,000 people voted Thursday, some waiting more than an hour in lines that trailed out of the high school’s hallways and down the sidewalks on the campus.
Karmen McMurphy Fitzgerald said on Facebook that she waited an hour and 20 minutes to cast her ballot. Another woman said she didn’t leave the school until 7:40 p.m. after voting. Registered voters had to be in line before 7 p.m. to be allowed to cast a vote.
Long Beach High School assistant principal Patrick Bennett had said the results of the vote would be announced late Thursday because of the large turnout. The school district’s Facebook page posted about midnight that the bond had passed.
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The initial count had the bond passing at 65 percent, but votes were recounted and verified to 62 percent.
The existing campus was originally built in the 1950s. More than 1,000 students are currently registered to attend high school. And the school district already is paying off two bonds with a combined total of about $4.5 million.
Construction is expected to begin in June 2019.