Weekly roundup: Unofficial election results, OC School of the Arts renews charter, and more

With turnout hovering at around 36 percent, Orange County voters headed to the polls or mailed in their ballots for the March 3 primary election.

The Orange County Registrar of Voters says there are still more than 100,000 ballots to be counted — including mailed and conditional ballots — so there are no official results yet. But this interactive Registrar website is tracking a number of state and local measures and races with big implications for schools.

I Voted stickerUnofficial results show California voters were rejecting a measure that would have authorized a $15 billion bond for school modernization and construction projects for K-12 schools, community colleges and universities.

As of Friday, the Orange County Register reports that eight local district ballot measures intended to finance facility improvements and new construction were also falling short of the 55 percent needed to pass.

Preliminary returns for the Orange County Board of Education show two incumbents — Beckie Gomez and Ken Williams — ahead in their respective races, while La Habra City Councilman Tim Shaw was leading a pack of challengers in District 4.

For the latest OC election results, visit www.ocvote.com/vc/web/results/current-election-results.

Here are some of the other stories from the week ending March 6:

  • The Orange County Board of Education granted a five-year charter renewal to the Orange County School of the Arts following its appeal of a conditional approval by Santa Ana Unified’s school board. Santa Ana has served as OCSA’s home district for two decades.
  • Author and performer Joy Harjo, who recently became the first Native American selected as the Poet Laureate of the United States, drew a packed house as the featured speaker at a lecture hosted by Arts Orange County with support from OCDE and Fourth District PTA.
  • State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond spent Monday morning at a campus in the Orange Unified School District reading some classic Dr. Seuss books in honor of national Read Across America Day.

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