Ryah Cooley

Hermosa Beach residents show support for school bond

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The majority of Hermosa Beach residents support a bond measure that would ease the school district’s overcrowding issues, according to a recent survey the district commissioned.

While 1,430 students attended six schools in Hermosa Beach in 1950, today roughly the same number of students attend only two schools. At Hermosa Valley School, makeshift classrooms have been set up in the multipurpose room and portable classrooms have been added to accommodate students.

The school board will decide on July 23 whether or not to place a bond measure on the November ballot. Options for addressing overcrowding include reopening the North School Campus and modifying the district’s existing two campuses.

400 Hermosa Beach voters were contacted

66 percent said they would vote yes on the bond if the election were held today.

63 percent  said they would support a bond measure that would support the reopening of a closed campus.

47 percent  said they would prefer to modernize existing classrooms and buildings, instead of constructing a new school.

65 percent  said they would be more likely to support a bond that costs property owners $19 per assessed $100,000 of property valuation per year verses 49 percent who said they would be more likely to support a bond that costs property owners $30 per assessed $100,000 of property valuation per year.

47 percent rated the education provided by the district as excellent.

42 percent rated the school facilities as good.

49 percent  said they don’t and have never had a child or grandchild attend a Hermosa Beach school.