Middle school bond shy of necessary votes needed to pass
February 15, 2012
By Christina Lords
UPDATED — 5:30 p.m. Feb. 15, 2012
A Renton School District bond that would provide funding for a new middle school in Newcastle is about three points shy of the 60 percent needed to pass, according to King County’s special election results.
The $97 million bond would fund the new middle school at the former Hazelwood Elementary School site, now home to the Renton Academy.
The Renton Academy facility would be torn down and a new building would be built in its place. The facility could be a traditional middle school or a magnet school to focus on a specialized curriculum, such a math or science.
The building improvements bond would need a 60 percent yes vote and a minimum turnout of 10,582 people. More than 14,500 ballots have already been counted in the election.
About 60 percent of residents voted in favor of passing the district’s replacement maintenance and operations levy, which provides 30 cents of every dollar spent in the district, while about 59 percent voted in favor of its replacement technology levy, which funds technology-based education, buys equipment and covers nearly $1 million worth of software licensing fees the district must pay each year.
Final vote results are expected Feb. 28.