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4 of 6 school construction bonds pass

Voters endorsed four of Orange County’s six school-construction measures in Tuesday’s election, but rejected two others, according to unofficial final tallies.

Measure M, the $698 million Coast Community College District bond; Measure O, the $31 million La Habra City School District bond; Measure Q, the $198 million Rancho Santiago Community College District bond; and Measure S, the $135 million Tustin Unified bond, won victories.

But voters rejected Measure N, the $23 million Fountain Valley School District bond, and Measure P, the $198 million Ocean View School District bond.

Bond measures require approval of at least 55 percent of voters.

The four measures adopted will provide more than $1 billion for construction, technology, renovations and other upgrades.

Local school construction bonds have been highly popular among Orange County voters over the past few years.

Since 2008, voters in 11 school districts have approved about $1.2 billion for school construction. Until Tuesday, only one bond measure had failed during the same period, a $54 million proposal in Brea-Olinda Unified.

“Voters like construction bonds because they give them a chance to contribute directly to their neighborhood schools,” said Melissa Johnson, a parent in Tustin Unified who campaigned for Measure S.

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