COMPTON — Voters here narrowly approved a $350 million school bond issue to modernize and upgrade various campuses with amenities such as research libraries, science labs, athletic facilities and technology centers Nov. 3 while also electing two new school board members.
Slightly more than the required 55 percent of the voters favored Measure S, the school bond measure, according to unofficial figures from the county Registrar of Voters Office. The measure was favored by 2,163 voters, 55.83 percent. It was opposed by 1,711 voters, 44.17 percent.
“Yesterday, voters overwhelmingly approved Measure S, our bond measure, supporting our efforts to create a 21st century learning environment at Compton Unified School District,” Compton school Superintendent Darin Brawley said in a statement Nov. 4. “Today we begin planning for a new facility at Compton High School to create a state-of-the-art learning complex that will prepare our students for college and career readiness.
“We are grateful to the voters of Compton because they are vital partners in the academic success of Compton Unified students,” Brawley added. “We have enjoyed considerable success lately and have truly begun to turn things around here. But we have a great deal of work ahead of us and hope we can continue to count on the support of our parents and the community.”
School board President Micah Ali was given another term on the school board and Charles Davis and Sandra Moss also won seats on the board.
Twenty candidates filed for the school board race after incumbent Emma Sharif chose not to seek re-election.
Skyy Fisher, a controversial member of the board, who is awaiting trial on sexual assault charges in San Diego, was voted out of office after one term.
Fisher finished ninth in the race with 526 votes.
Ali was the leading vote-getter with 1,832 votes followed by Davis, a former city clerk in Compton who has been serving as the district’s legislative representative. Davis received 1,168 votes.
Moss received 931 votes to finish third after being one of the more outspoken candidates against Measure S.
Moss was followed by Carol Jordan with 797 votes, Gregory Pitts, 791, and former City Councilwoman Barbara Calhoun, who finished sixth with 785 votes.
In Hawthorne, Chris Brown’s two-year reign as mayor ended.
Brown, who made headlines for his personal financial problems while also steering the city into financial trouble, received less than 22 percent of the vote in being defeated by City Councilman Alex Vargas, who received 2,182 votes, 60 percent of ballots cast.
In the City Council race, incumbent Nilo Michelin was re-elected with 1,243 votes, ahead of challenger Haidar Awad, who unseated incumbent Olivia Valentine. Awad received 1,204.
Challenger Katrina Manning finished third with 1,199 votes and could take advantage of uncounted provisional and late absentee ballots, which have to be counted before the vote totals become official.
Valentine was fourth on the eight-person ballot with 1,138 votes.