Area residents voted against the $34 million bond package that would have renovated Chamberlin Elementary, Hook Elementary and Gilbert Intermediate schools.

More than 54 percent of the 2,530 early ballots cast were against the measure, with the margin growing slightly slimmer as election returns continued to pour in from across the city Tuesday.

By 9 p.m., with 100 percent of the polling places reporting, 52.19 percent of the 4,765 votes cast were against the measure.

It was a disappointing loss to SISD Superintendent Dr. Darrell Floyd, who along with so many others, worked to promote the bond package and convince voters that improvements to the district's campuses were a must.

"Knowing how hard we worked to provide information to our community, yes, this is disappointing," Floyd said. "However, I said all along of our community that it's their kids, their schools and their money, so if they want us to educate elementary kids in a 1939 building and a 1951 building, then I guess we will have to continue doing that."

In meetings leading up to the election, school board members have said that if the bond failed in November, they would continue to work on the plan until it received sufficient support.

Managing Editor Sara Vanden Berge contributed to this report.