She said the district tried its best to inform residents about the project and the vote through different avenues, such as sending out newsletters, holding a public forum, posting information on the district's website and having an infomercial video run on public access.
"We have a lot of channels that we use to communicate," said Leon.
Voters passed the first phase of the project in 2007, which dealt with infrastructure needs and improvements, such as plumbing and heating. The recent vote addressed the second and final phase of the project, which dealt more with programs and services offered to students.
"Schools have changed a lot since our buildings were built, and there are a lot of programs that have been added," said Leon. "The board and the administration felt like the spaces that we have aren't really adequate for the programs that we have now."
Cafarelli said the board even scaled back its original project plan by around $20 million, because it didn't want to overburden residents once they found out state aid wouldn't be around 95 percent.
"The board itself, all seven of us, worked on this project for almost two years, and it is so disappointing to see such a resounding negative vote for all the time we have put into it," said Cafarelli. "We did what we thought what we had to do and did the things we thought were really important for us to bring the schools to the next level.""