The district had pared down the Aug. 6 request by nearly $36 million and split the bond into two parts:
- $154.6 million for safety and security improvements, infrastructure improvements, technology, and classroom and media center remodeling
- $31.6 million for high school performing arts centers, outdoor athletic field and track resurfacing and a technology refresh
"I'm very disappointed," school board chair Howard Wallach said Tuesday. "This is a tragic loss for our kids and for our community. The impact likely will be felt for years."
Wallach said the clear top priority in the bond proposals was safety and security improvements, "and we can't even do that."
He and Superintendent Sue Zurvalec both said that it was too early to say what the district will do next.
"The needs have not gone away," Zurvalec said, noting that Longacre Elementary will be closed on Wednesday, due to a water leak in the building.
"We're going to have to look at it and learn from it, just like we ask our kids to do when things don't go the way they expect them to," she said. "The things we fought for are right, appropriate and absolutely critical."
Zurvalec thanked volunteers and district staff who she said "gave everything, gave countless hours and did everything possible" to get the two proposals passed.
"We're not going to let this keep us from moving forward and doing what we do for the kids of this district," she added.